J. Robert Tobash, 78, of 905 E. Main St., Hegins, passed away Thursday at his residence.
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Born Sept. 4, 1935, in North Manheim Township, he was a son of the late Peter and Anna Herbert Tobash.
He was a graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School and the Ford Business School, Pottsville.
He served in the Marine Corps and the Navy.
He was the former owner of the Tobash Insurance Agency, receiving numerous industry and company awards.
He was a member of the Most Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Tremont.
He was also a member of the Hegins Park Association, Tri-Valley Lions Club, Valley View Gun Club and the Hegins Fire Company. He was a past member and Citizen of the Year for the Hegins Rotary Club. Bob was a founder and co-chairman of the Schuylkill County Wine Festival. He was the past president of the Fred Coleman Memorial Shoot for more than 20 years. Bob was an avid golfer and was the winner of this years Tobash Open Golf Tournament.
Bob's greatest joys in life were his family and serving his community.
Preceding in him in death, in addition to his parents, were four brothers, Walter Tobash, Peter Tobash, Stanley Tobash and Edward Tobash; and two sisters, Martha Marone and Barbara Schollenberger.
He is survived by his wife, Mary R. Stump Tobash, to whom he was married for 54 years. He is also survived by two sons, Michael G. Tobash and his wife, Amie, Pottsville, and Christopher R. Tobash and his wife, Katrina, Hegins; two granddaughters, Alexia Tobash and Mikaela Tobash; a sister, Helen Valinsky, New Philadelphia; a brother, Steven Tobash, Falls Church, Va.; nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Most Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Tremont, with the Rev. Paul Rothermel officiating. A viewing will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Interment will be in Friedens Cemetery, Hegins. Memorial contributions can be made to the Hegins Park Association, P.O. Box 437, Hegins, PA 17938. Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be left for the family at www.buffingtonreed.com.
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Published in Republican & Herald on Aug. 29, 2014