Toni W. West, 78, passed away peacefully at Keystone Assisted Living, Buzzards Bay, Mass., Oct. 18, 2020.

Toni was born April 18, 1942, in Boston to Horace and Margaret Wescott and grew up in Belfast. She attended Lasell College and worked as property manager of the Falmouth Mall and Southwind Plaza before being an owner/operator of West Marine at Green Pond Inc.

Toni had an emphatic passion for martial arts. She practiced Uechi-Ryu for over 30 years and attained the accomplished rank of 6th DAN (Rokudan) in 2009. She was a senior black belt instructor who served on the promotion board at Art Rebesa’s Falmouth dojo. She taught many women’s self-defense courses. Toni was a terrific cook and kept very active. She enjoyed bird watching, wood carving, chair caning and taking night school classes.

She was an incredibly independent and strong-willed woman who inspired those around her, including family and many friends. Her strong will, determination and martial arts experience enabled her to strongly recover from a major stroke in 2005. She was a true warrior and fighter. She will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother John Wescott. She is survived by her children, Penny and Todd Inwood of Montgomery, Ala.; Dwain and Sandra West of East Falmouth, Mass., and their three children, Rebecca and David Boettcher, Christopher West, Timothy and Danielle West; and three great-grandchildren.

In keeping with her wishes, a private burial service will be held. For online condolences, visit

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Toni’s memory to MSPCA-Angell, ATTN: Donations, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130.