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Obituary of William D. Tobin

by Chesmore Funeral Home
May 19, 2017


William David Tobin of Holliston passed away on May 15, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was born in Concord, the son of the late Eden Joseph Tobin and Eleanor (Aileen) Murphy Tobin. He was the beloved husband of 57 years to Anne Smith Tobin.

Bill grew up in Maynard, graduated from St. Mary’s in Waltham, then went on to Boston College where he received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in business. He was a commissioned officer through the ROTC program, entering the Medical Service Corp. He also served in the Army Reserves as Captain. Bill began his career as an accountant at General Motors, then worked as an administrator at MIT, New England Deaconess Hospital and UMass Medical Center.

After retiring he became one of the co-founders of the hugely popular HollistonReporter.com, an online newspaper which gave him the opportunity to inform the citizens of his town about all the local happenings which he really enjoyed. Being treasurer of his Boston College Class of 1957 and the promoter of many class activities gave him great pleasure.

In addition to his wife Anne, he is survived by his six sons and their families. David and Susan of Wellesley, Christopher and Jane of Holliston, Paul and Christine of Holliston, Matthew and Elisa of Medway, Andrew and Patricia of Franklin, and Michael and Nena of Brewster. Also, two cousins, Frances Shea of Harwich Port and Sarah Healy of Sudbury. He was most proud of his 15 grandchildren who all had the same last name.

His funeral will be held on Tuesday, May 23 at 10:30am, St. Mary’s Church Washington Street, Holliston. The wake will be on Monday, May 22 from 4 to 8pm at Chesmore Funeral Home, 854 Washington Street in Holliston. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Mary’s music program, or the Friends of Holliston Trails, Inc. c/o Marc Rosenfeld, 7 Springdale Circle, Holliston, Ma 01746.


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Comments (5)

Sending sympathy and hugs to the entire Tobin family! What a wonderful man who always had a beautiful smile! A genuine family man, father, and husband! May your fond memories of the good times you shared sustain you at this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Ann

- Ann Wagstaff | 5/20/17 1:44 PM

Mr. Tobin was a wonderful neighbor and friend. He is so proud of his family. We are going to miss you. Your friends the Gagnon's.

- John E. Gagnon and family | 5/19/17 8:50 PM

Bill was one of a kind. A truly nice guy with a dedication to Holliston that will missed. I am privileged to have known him.

- Mark Schultz | 5/19/17 11:33 AM

Bill, Was one of a kind and a real gentleman he will be missed dearly. Carl

- Carl Digella | 5/19/17 11:18 AM

A great guy. Condolences to all.

- Jesse Green | 5/19/17 6:40 AM



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