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James A. ("Toby") Thobe


1926 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
August 4, 1926 - October 23, 2015 Toby died early Friday morning October 23, 2015 at home. He is survived by Pam Gardner (life partner), children Trish Thobe and Tim Thobe, Schatzi Thobe (predeceased), Sue Ellen Weber, Grandchildren Evan Smith and Leilani Stephens, Ella & Josh Gardner; Max Gardner; and Zach & Jake Glazer. Toby lived in Los Angeles, Toluca Lake, Crystal Cove and Irvine California. He was a proud WWII Vet of the US Marine Corps; a USC Trojan class of '52, and Kappa Alpha fraternity brother. Toby was the one and only Commodore of the Crystal Cove Yacht Club. Toby had a successful insurance career spanning 35+ years working with The Travelers, AMFAC, and Integrity Insurance companies. Toby lived by the Credo: live life to the fullest with people you love. And he did just that. Toby was an avid sailor, skillful tennis player, Aloha shirt-wearer, fine Scotch whisky drinker, and a fan of a good martini. Toby lived a life full of humor and heart. In fact, at this moment he would either say an off color joke or recite a heartfelt poem. Toby could talk at length on most subjects but at the same time knew not to take himself too seriously. A loyal friend, father, life partner and grandpa, Toby will truly be missed. As Toby always said, there is no good-bye only Aloha. A memorial celebration of the life of Toby will be held at Crystal Cove. (Date TBD). The family requests any charitable act or donation be provided to the Crystal Cove Alliance (crystalcovealliance.org).
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1, 2015
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