William R. Tobin
US Navy - WWII
Law Enforcement Officer
Greenville, NY - 02-06-19
|Mission applies to the following Region(s).||Region 4, Region 5|
|About the Mission:||The family of Mr. William R. Tobin has requested Patriot Guard Rider participation in his military honors funeral services. Mr. Tobin, 95, passed on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Stratton VAMC.
Mr. Tobin was born at home in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. After graduating from high school, he worked as a welder/burner in the ship yards, prepping US ships for the Lend Lease Program for their deployment to the European front in the early days of WWII. In 1943 he enlisted in the Navy Seabees, and served on both the island of Attu in the Aleutians, and Okinawa, Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
After the War, he returned to the ship yard, then owning his own trucking business, and later worked for the NYC Transit system. In 1962 he joined the NYS Department of Corrections and with his family, moved to Freehold. He retired in 1990 as a Lieutenant after 28 years of service. Bill had many hobbies, but his love was that of being a pigeon aficionado. He raised both championship show and homing breeds and won awards for his birds on both local and national show levels. He was also a judge for national competitions.
Portions of the above narrative are contained in Mr. Tobin's obituary, available for viewing online at the A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home website here:
A Funeral Mass will be conducted Thursday in the Chapel at the Stratton VAMC in Albany. Interment will take place at the family's convenience in the Spring.
The Patriot Guard Riders will stand proudly, rendering honor and respect for the life and service of Mr. William R. Tobin, US Navy, WWII "Greatest Generation" hero, and Law Enforcement Officer.
|Primary Staging Time:||02:30|
|AM or PM||PM|
|Staging Location||A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home
Greenville, NY 12083
|Lead Ride Captain||Ray Sestak|
|Lead Ride Captain Phone #:||518-669-3358|
|Special Information:||Staging at the funeral home with flag line for the arrival of family and guests. Visitation hours are 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Forecast calls for temps in the mid-30's and light rain. Please dress accordingly.|
|Submitted by:||Ray Sestak, Assistant State Captain|