John J. Tobin, 90, of Abington, formerly of Weymouth and Dorchester, died Saturday, March 23, 2013, at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth. The son of the late John and Sarah (Riley) Tobin, he was born in Boston, Sept. 12, 1922. John enlisted in the Army in 1939 (age 17) and became an Army Ranger at age 21. He served in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. In 2002 he was awarded the Bronze Star for his role in the 5th Ranger battalion destroying German defense bunkers in the first waves of soldiers to hit Omaha Beach on D Day. In 2010, John received the Legion of Honor Chevalier from Henry Bertrand-Pradviel, a deputy consul of the consulate general of France. Its the highest civilian award, equivalent to the U.S. Medal of Honor. After the war, John was a jack of all trades. He had worked at Mass. General Hospital, Otis Elevators and had been a bartender at the Weymouth Eagles for over 40 years where he was a lifetime member. He was also a lifetime member of the WWII Army Ranger Battalion Association. He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Fay) Tobin; his children, John of California, Gerald of Yarmouth, Michael of Weymouth and Renee Foley of Abington. He was the grandfather of Amanda Labbe of New Hampshire and Leah and Zack Foley of Abington; stepfather of Teresa and Robert Quigley, Lorraine and Russ Anderson, Robert and Mindy Smith, Ruth Proctor, Michael and Susan Smith and the late Catherine Melchione; step-grandfather of 11; and step-great-grandfather of two. He was the brother of the late Mary, Ann, Pauline, Ellen, and William and former husband of the late Rita Tobin. Visiting hours were held in the Sullivan Funeral Home, 551 Washington St., Rte. 53, in Hanover, Wednesday, March 27, from 4-8 p.m. Funeral Thursday, March 28, at 10 a.m. in St. Thecla Church, 145 Washington St., Rte. 53, in North Pembroke. Burial with military honors in Pembroke Center Cemetery. Contributions on Johns memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, www.woundedwarriorproject.org, or to the Activity Fund at Harbor House Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, 11 Condito Road, Hingham, MA 02043. For our online guest book, SullivanFuneralHomes.com. Sullivan Funeral Homes 781-878-0920, 781-293-2020 Family Owned & Operated Since 1897
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Published in The Abington Mariner from Mar. 26 to Apr. 2, 2013