Hey there! My name is Allister D. Todd Sr. but many know me as “Muscle.” On July 15, 1956 I was born to the late Elsie Mae Ferguson Todd-Martin and Elsbur Todd Sr. right here in Cambridge. When I transitioned to my eternal home on Monday, June 1, 2020, I was 63 years old.
I am one of many children. My siblings Elva Ferguson, Elsbur Todd Jr., Rickey Todd Sr. (Darlene), Wayne Todd, Karen Todd, Shane Siles (Kelvin) , Donier Todd Sr., Theresa Walker, Ellsworth Johnson (Gloria), Elvis Todd, and Wendy Todd-Nichols. Growing up with a big family was so much fun. We always laughed, fought, and when Momo got involved we knew she meant business.
As I got older, I became more independent and enjoyed doing what was fun for me. I worked as a flagger for many years and then decided to work for myself. In my spare time I loved fishing, crabbing, going to the racetrack, building, working on race cars, family reunions, watching movies, and boy did I love watching Bernie Mack. Finally, I love my children. Whenever family got together it was good times with a lot of laughing, delicious food, and especially some good jamming music.
I was blessed with so much time to spend with so many wonderful people in Cambridge. Many of you saw me riding on my black and blue spray-painted, kitted out tractor (Baby Bruno) around town even to my doctor’s appointments. Overall, during my sick days my motor was still ticking and I was not prepared to leave this life so I kept on fighting. I am so grateful for all who preached, prayed, and encouraged me to keep pushing on. I know you all will miss me riding Baby Bruno around town but just know that I was turning heads and making people smile.
To a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, thank you all for putting up with me over the years. My sweet aunt Shirley Greene, your handy man has taken his last ride on his tractor. Though you might miss me, know that I loved doing all I could for you when I was well. Cousin Beverly Todd-Robinson, sitting beside you during our treatments at dialysis, you gave me hope and I held on for as long as I could. I love you cousin. To my best friend Ronald Woolford, man I know you will miss seeing me, cutting up, and carrying on about all of our good times. I enjoyed every moment of our conversations even though sometimes we both got on each other’s nerves. Hang in there man and take care of yourself.
Now, you all know I am a man of many words but before I leave, I want to say to my daughter LaAngela Todd (Angie Poo), thank you for being so hard on me but still sending me coffee every day. From time to time you would come, do my hair, bathe me, and oh boy you made me feel better. I loved every minute of it. Margo Todd (Marty Hardie), thank you for the many plates of homemade meals, opening your home to me, sneaking me candy, and treats that I was not supposed to have. Ridsheda Todd (Scooter Booter), thank you for opening your home, washing my clothes, buying me my favorite pizza, and sneaking me snacks that were oh so good even though I was not supposed to have them. Sheree Farrare-Sampson (Bop-Bop Boot), you would always make your presence known when you would come down to the garage and felt the need to go shopping in my yard. You have plenty to shop for Bop-Bop Boot. It all belongs to you and your sisters. Sharon Farrare (Meme), for many years you were my daughter as well. Thank you for loving me unconditionally and stepping in when you could. Slow those vehicles down when you are driving! Jalayah Sampson, Darnjanae Sampson, CeeCee Sampson, I want you all to cherish the moments when you would call me to take you to school, the corner market, or even the grocery store knowing I didn’t have one bit of license. I would do it anyway and loved every moment we shared. To pop-pop’s grandbabies Brian’Taza, Antonia, Ke’Onbre, Ja’Kriah, Jyrah, Jeremiah, Tyson Jr., Tamarion, Tavion, Janija, Marcus, and Amari, Pop-pop has taken his last ride and he loves you all so much.
Okay, so I really must go now. I am being summonsed to my heavenly home to be with my mother Elsie Martin, my father Elsbur Todd Sr., my son Allister Todd Jr. (Darnie Boy) my aunts, uncles, cousins and friends that have gone before me. They are waiting for me to come. Until we meet again, continue the work that you are called to do.
Love you all, Darnell