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Robert Myles Tobin


1948 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
Robert Myles Tobin Obituary
Robert Myles Tobin
Sept. 23, 1948-June 7, 2014
Resident Of Los Gatos
Robert ("Bob") Myles Tobin passed away on June 7, 2014, surrounded by family and friends. Bob was born on September 23, 1948, and raised in Marin County in the idyllic town of Fairfax, California. He attended Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, California and was a star athlete. Bob participated in multiple sports, which resulted in scholarships to the University of Santa Clara, where he played on the power house basketball teams of the late 1960s.
After graduation from college in 1970, he entered the U.S. Army Reserves, and was stationed in Ft. Ord, California. Upon his honorable discharge, he entered law school at the University of Santa Clara, and became a licensed California lawyer in June of 1975. Thereafter, Bob became a very successful trial lawyer, having enjoyed employment and partnership with the San Jose law firms of Hoge, Fenton, Jones, and Appel, and Rankin Oneal, before eventually going into solo practice.
On a personal level, Bob never met a stranger and his circle of friends was wide and varied from all walks of life. Bob had a big heart, was generous to a fault and would give anyone the shirt off his back. He exuded charm and with his tall good looks was a presence in any room. He had a sharp wit and keen sense of humor and laughed easily at life's many foibles and characters.
He embraced life and all it had to offer, having traveled worldwide and having lived abroad.
Bob is survived by his mother, Dorothy Paterson Tobin of San Rafael, California, his sister Catherine Tobin of Greenbrae, his sister Colleen Tobin Finney and brother-in-law Butch Finney of Novato, California, his brother Myles Stephen Tobin and his sister-in-law Sue Tobin of San Jose, California, a niece, and his best friend Jeannie Starcevich. He is preceded in death by his father, Myles Tobin, his beloved uncle, Fr. William Tobin, S.J., as well as his beloved dog Poppy.
A Memorial Mass of Celebration of Life will be at St. Mary's Catholic Church located in Los Gatos, California, at 10 AM on June 20, 2014. The family has requested in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the University of Santa Clara sports programs, or to the .
Bob will be interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma at a later date.

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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on June 17, 2014
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