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TOBIN, JOSEPH P. Joe had an absolutely fantastic day on June 26, 2013, when he left for a far better place. He was born June 21, 1919 in Sarnia, Ontario. He left from Chester Street Residence and had been a Berkley resident since 1950. Surviving are daughters, Jean (late Kenneth) Zawlocki of Canton, Michele (Paul) Kersanty of New Baltimore, Mary (Robert) Zolman of Madison Heights, Ann (Jim) Counts of Warren; sons, Mark (Rose) Tobin of Westland, Gerard (Marcia) of Center Line, Terence of Pontiac, late brother William of Sarnia; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor in 1947, whom he married in 1847 in Sarnia and a son, Patrick in 1971. He graduated from the University of Toronto, and also attended Wayne State and Oakland Universities. Preceding his attending the University of Toronto, Joe volunteered in 1939 to be a pilot in the first World War II Flight Class in Canada. After a medical discharge, he joined the army and was in the invasion of Sicily and Italy. He also served in North Africa and on the European front with the First Canadian Infantry Division. He served with the first Army Tank Brigade, the Second Infantry Division and Canadian Military HQ in Ottawa and London, England. In 1990, Joe received a Medal and Honorary Citizenship from the Nederlands for his participation in their WWII liberation. Joe helped in establishing a Little League in Sarnia; he was invited to join the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. He held several offices in the Knights, was Adjutant of the Color Corps and is an honorary Lifetime Member. On three occasions, he was named Knight of the Month. Joe served the Royal Canadian legion on the Executive Committee, as Vice Commander and Adjutant. Joe taught the Grabriel Richard Leadership Course for four years and was active in the Arthritis Foundation. He also served at Health-O-Ramas, Mini Grand Prix, Beaumont Hospital flower sales, and fund raising. In addition, he was a charter member of the Squires of Meadowbrook Hall and it's first treasurer. Joe had Letters of Commendation from the cities of Berkley and Royal Oak and received plaques from General Motors in 1974 and 1978. He received awards from the United Foundation and Boy Scouts of America. At Our Lady of LaSalette parish, he served for several years as Chief Lector, Lay Minister, Booster Club officer, and the Worship Committee. Lastly, Joe was Captain of the Jesuit retreat house, Manresa, for over a quarter of a century. Joe's work career started in the laboratory at Imperial Oil Refinery. After WWII service, he became a floor manager of the Ernst Kern Department store and was promoted to Department Head. Later on, he was promoted to Production Leader at Detroit Gear Axle and later became a Tool Designer. At Ex-cell-o, he worked in Research & Development and as a designer for special machines. At Cargill Corporation, he was a Special Mechanical Handling Devices Designer. Later on, he wrote technical manuals for missile and jet engine testing equipment for the George L. Nankervis Company. He was Chief Designer for the Aircraft Division of Hall Lamp Company, Chief Engineer for Carlson Manufacturing, and Process Engineer at Aircraft Precision Products. At Chevrolet, he represented the Master Mechanic Department on the Value Engineering and the Management Method Improvement Committees and wrote computer machining programs. He retired in 1981 to do volunteer work at the University of Michigan. Joe will be interred in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery with Eleanor and Patrick.
Published in Daily Tribune on Aug. 18, 2013
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