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Tobin, George J.

The Lord opened his arms on February 1, 2016 and wrapped them around the most compassionate, loving and caring husband, grandfather, father, uncle, and friend, Master Chief Petty Officer George J. Tobin at age 86, and gave him an easier life in heaven. George is survived by his wife of 32 years, Catherine Crown (Chilson) Tobin, his son Thomas (Maddy) Tobin of Pensacola FL; his daughter Patricia (Jerry) Magera of Grapevine TX, his loving extended family Kristine (John) Madison of Appalachian, NY. Their family Francine (Allen) Miller, their sons A.J. of Harford, PA, and Garret (Erin) Madison of Endicott, NY. Nancy (Timothy) McCluhan, their family Roy, Brandon, Kelly and granddaughter Addalyn Snyder. He is also survived by Norma (Robert) Chauncey of Vestal, NY and their son Dustin (Antonette) Corbett, and grandson Easton of Somerset, NY.

George was born and raised in Athens, NY on the Hudson River. From there he joined the Navy at age 17. He always said "Joining the Navy was the best thing he ever did in his life." George is also survived by his brother-in-law Richard Crown, Fred (Lois) Crown, sister-in-laws Vivian Crown, and Rosemary Tobin. George is also survived by many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

George was predeceased by his parents George and Julia Tobin, sister Ida Flanigan Carr and brother Leonard Tobin.

George served 20 years in the U.S Navy, in WWII, The Korean Conflict and did 3 tours in Vietnam, serving from an electronic technician to Master Chief Petty Officer. George's Career spanned over 20 years on six or more different ships. The Majority of his career was spent on the USS Ogden LPD5, which was the ship he helped build in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, was a Plank owner of and eventually retired from in 1967. Some of the ships he served on were the USS Gordius ARL36, the Flagship USS Adirondack that landed him in Italy. The USS Bennington, after being modernized after WWII, was commissioned for Korea in 1952 with George aboard.

George also served as an instructor at a Post Grad School for Commissioned Officers in Monterey, CA. Another highlight in his career was his assignment to help build the first guided missile for the Navy. George's most memorable venture during his retired life was naming the Denver Legion Post after Bob Hope. After many phone calls Mr. Hope gracefully accepted and came to Denver where Mr. Hope spent several days and nights at George's home in Denver Colorado. George was also honored to participate in the 1948 parade and funeral procession of General John L. Pershing.

George retired from Singer Link in Binghamton where he was a site simulation manager. He was a past member of the Mensa Association, the Loyal Order of the Elks, the Loyal Order if the Eagles, the V.F.W, and the American Legion. He was also an active member of the Owego Loyal Order of the Moose, and a life member of Disabled American Veterans of War. In 2014 George was able to attend the Twin Tiers Honor Flight to Washington DC, which he enjoyed very much.

There will be no funeral service for George at this time. His wishes were to donate his body to science. However, there will be a Celebration of life in his honor at a later time to be announced.

The family wants to give extra thanks to the doctors, nurses, aids, dietitians, and staff at the NYS Veterans Home in Oxford, NY. The love shown and the care given there was amazing.

Any contributions in George's memory may be sent to the NYS Veterans Home, 4207 State HWY 220, Oxford, NY 13830 or a .

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Behe Funeral Home Inc. 21 Main St. Oxford, NY. Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting www.behefuneralhome.com



Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on Feb. 4, 2016
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