TOOMEY was the ring name of Philip John Carlin Jr., one of the three brothers from Camden NJ who fought under the surname
Toomey, the others
being his older half-brothers Daniel "Danny" Toomey and William "Billy"
Toomey. Another brother, Jake Carlin, fought as an amateur, and
apparently the Toomey boys' father had also fought professionally.
was born on July 23rd, 1914 in Camden NJ to Philip J. and Bertha Carlin.
His early years were spent at 53 South 26th Street in
East Camden. By
1924 the family had moved to 70 South 24th
Street. During these years
his father worked as a pipefitter and as a steamfitter. The April 1930
Census found the family at 101 South 33rd
Street. Besides the four boys
mentioned above, there were also two daughters, Mary and Clara Carlin.
Philip J. Carlin Sr. died in 1936.
his older brothers into both the Navy and professional boxing, young
Carlin, under the name Johnny Toomey reportedly fought 134 times during
an eleven year period. He served in the United States Navy prior to
World War II, then returned to civilian life and professional boxing.
His last known fight came in 1945 after a four year layoff, as he had
returned to the US Navy during World War II.
a resident of 417 Vine Street in North Camden, Philip J. "Johnny
Toomey" Carlin suffered a fatal heart attack on October 6, 1953 at
the Ridgway Hotel, which stood on the southwest corner of Front and
Market Streets in Camden NJ, opposite the old Pennsylvania Railroad
Ferry. He was buried at Arlington Cemetery in Pennsauken NJ, near his
mother, who survived him, as did his brothers, and a sister, Mrs. Mary
Hines. He also left a son, Jackie Carlin, and a daughter, Miss Phyllis