Toby Mertens (1932?-2011)
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Tobias “Toby” Mertens has gone to Baba. A son of Walter and Hedi Mertens of Switzerland, Toby had the good fortune to play with Meher Baba as a child in Zurich in 1934 (when he was 18 months old); his siblings also met Baba. Toby’s wife, Jane, wrote the following to Jeanne Kassof, who has shared it with the Baba family. Please send any reminiscences of Toby to be posted here to Kendra at mehery [at] gmail.com.
I have the sad duty to tell you that my dearest Toby passed away suddenly this past Monday, March 14, 2011. He had been battling cancer for the past year and a half, and although he was continuing as best he could with the business of life, he was in discomfort and his body was very weak.
We knew he did not have long to live. But did not suspect that the end was so near.
Monday morning while I was downstairs preparing breakfast, and Toby was upstairs dressing, I heard a big sound of him falling and rushed upstairs to find him unconscious on the floor, his breathing labored. He did not respond to my words or touch, and as I watched, he breathed his last at about 9:50 AM.
Family, friends, and business associates alike are devastated that he is gone.
I am giving you these details in the hope that you will pass the news to the Baba people who need to know.
Thank you for helping me make this known.
Love, Jane Mertens
Toby sent this note to Jeanne last September:
Last September I had surgery for cancer (Lipo-sarcoma) A tumor was removed from my abdomen (12 lbs) and I am doing fine. Everybody is amazed how well I am doing. However a nerve controlling my left leg was cut and removed and so I am stuck with a seriously “gimpy” leg. I can get around well with a walker, or a cane. In the house I do walk without the contraptions.
I chose not to do chemo or radiation (so I still have all my silver hair). I get a full body scan every 3 month and so far no areas of concern were found.