James P. ‘Toby’ Tobin

ESCANABA – James P. ‘Toby’ Tobin, 86, 425 S. 10th St, #2, Escanaba, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 at OSF St. Francis Hospital.

He was born on March 16, 1927, in Escanaba, son of Edward and Marian (Cain) Tobin. Jim graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1944 and attended Northern Michigan University.

Jim served in the U.S Army from June 25, 1945, until his honorable discharge on Dec. 26, 1945. He was awarded a World War II Victory Medal and a Good Conduct Medal.

On Sept. 4, 1993, Jim married Janis Duccini Flannery in Escanaba.

Jim was employed with Harnischfeger as a timekeeper until its closure.

He tended bar at both the Elks Lodge and the Escanaba Country Club. Prior to his retirement at the age of 80, he worked as the recreation attendant at the Civic Center where he was known as “Toby” by many of the kids.

He enjoyed playing cards, doing crossword puzzles, and was an avid reader. Jim enjoyed walking and he never missed the weekly Escanaba City Band concerts at Ludington Park.

Jim was a Green Bay Packer fan and attended the “Ice Bowl” in Green Bay.

He was a past member of St. Joseph Church.

Among survivors include his wife, Janis of Escanaba; daughters, Laura (Michael) Baum and Mary (Jason) Menne, both of Suamico, Wis.; son, Thomas J. Tobin of Chicago, Ill.; stepdaughter, Molly (Stephen) Flannery-Couchman of Las Vegas; stepsons, Grant (Stephanie Heizer) Flannery of Phoenix, Ariz. and Jason (Gail) Flannery of Escanaba; grandchildren, Hudson and Decker Menne; step-granddaughters, Emily and Elaina Baum; sister, Patricia (Robert) Heyman; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Edmund Tobin; and sisters, Mary Alice Tobin, Florence Fauri, Elizabeth Thompson and Helen Manley.

Visitation will be on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. The Delta County Veterans Council will have military rites at 6 p.m. A luncheon will follow in the funeral home dining area following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Jim’s memory to the Escanaba City Band.

The Tobin family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Christian Park Village and OSF Home Health Care nurses for the loving care that was provided to Jim.

Your words of comfort and caring ways will never be forgotten. Also, thank you to the “NODA” volunteers.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Tobin family with arrangements.