William "Bill" Tobin
1948 - 2021
BORN
1948
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Dwyer-Wellington Family Funeral Home - Pittsfield
220 East Street
Pittsfield, MA
William E. "Bill" Tobin, 73, artist and educator, passed away October 7, 2021 at the Gale Avenue home he built after a brave, eight-year fight with prostate cancer. Born April 25, 1948 to Francis J. and Mary Ida (Moore) Tobin, Bill was one of seven children to grace their raucous 92 Seymour Street home that was always loudly filled with generations of family and friends and the origins of his love for the July 4th holiday.

An avid mountain bike enthusiast, hiker and overall explorer, Bill was always quick to go off the beaten path and never missed a chance to take the more scenic route home. The husband of Eileen (Wolfe) Tobin, Bill was a fantastic dad, adored grandfather and wonderful brother and loving uncle who will be greatly missed by his family and countless friends that were lucky enough to cross his path.

A member of the St. Joseph's High School Class of 1966, Bill graduated from American International College with a BA in Chemistry in 1971 and received his Master of Education from Lesley University. Soon thereafter, Bill began his 35-year career in education, teaching chemistry and geology at North Jr. High and Pittsfield High School, where he was also the PHS head swim coach from 1975 -1982 and again in 1992-1993. Bill also served as the president of The United Educators of Pittsfield (UEP), the union that represents Pittsfield Public School teachers from 1996 - 1999. Upon his retirement for the Pittsfield School system in 2006, Bill taught part-time for three years at Lenox Memorial High School.

Having spent countless hours there as a kid, Bill also worked for over forty years at the Pittsfield Boys & Girls Club as a staff member and swim team coach on Melville Street and as the waterfront director at Camp Russell. At Camp, whether working or volunteering their time to help improve the place, he was fortunate to spend many summers on Richmond Pond along with a cast of characters who he adored and shared stories with that lasted a lifetime.

Whether a student or a camper, Bill never forgot a face or name. He could recite stories about kids he had in class and at camp at will, no matter if he had them in his first-year or his last. It was a truly remarkable trait.

After retiring from teaching, Bill found his true calling as an artist, dealing primarily in sculpture and metal work. A member of the confederation of comrades called Group W, an artist's collaborative who shared enthusiasm and workspace generously provided by the tolerant souls of the Melle family at East Coast Refinishing, Bill's works have been featured in exhibits and galleries across the Northeast with sculptures recently featured at The Mount in Lenox, Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen and Peconic Landing in Greenpoint, NY.

In addition to his wife, Eileen, who he married on November 11, 1972, Bill is survived by his three children, their spouses and his seven grandchildren, who absolutely treasured their grandpa. Joshua Tobin, wife Kari and their children, Molly and Cameron of Dedham, Nicole and her husband, Jacques Goupil and their children, Sebastian, Jonah and Caleb of Newton; Jonathan Tobin, wife Kristen and their children, Kensington and William (named after his grandfather) of Needham.

Besides nieces and nephews too numerous to mention, Bill also leaves behind his Seymour Street clan; his sister, Mary Downing and husband Jack of Pittsfield; his sister, Bernadette Clay and husband Mike of Cheshire; his brother, Jay Tobin and wife Lois of Pittsfield; his brother, Ben Tobin and wife Beth of Charlton; his brother, Chris Tobin and wife Nancy Carson of Culver City, CA; his brother, Roger Azar of Pittsfield and his sister-in-law, Lisa Tobin of Tempe, AZ. Bill was pre-deceased in 2014 by his beloved, older brother, F.X. Tobin who he never stopped looking up to.

Funeral Notice:

A celebration of life for Bill will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's memory to; Hospice Care in The Berkshires in honor of everyone who took such great care of Bill as well as the Berkshire Natural Resources Council to help preserve the natural beauty of the Berkshires, of which Bill thoroughly enjoyed, in care of the Dwyer Funeral Home. Please visit www.dwyerfuneral.com to leave condolences and remembrances.


Published by The Berkshire Eagle on Oct. 16, 2021.
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My introduction to St. Joe Cemetery in the summer of 1968 would have been far different if not for Bill Tobin. He regaled us rookies with stories from past years escapades at SJC... from stories of FX and Co. hiding in the pine trees ( long gone for many years now) on the top of Section H,while they alternated keeping look out and resting. To the stories of playing horse shoes in front of the Stapelton monument in Sec.I. Bill filled us new guys in on the `requirements´ of being summer employees at SJC. Billy was one day caught by the ultimate authority at SJC, John ` Knuckles´ Melovek, foreman doing his best Rip Val Winkle imitation.John Melovek, from that day forward called Billy `sleeping Jesus´... some combination of the length of his hair and his ` taking a break´. I never forgot my summer with Billy and we would often have a good laugh in later years when we would reminisce..... My final words to Bill now are "Say hi to `knuckles´ and Joe Dooley and Angelo for me. Tell them that, yes you did quite well in this world and although you always remained a fun loving story teller,you managed to have a major impact on all sorts of people along the way, including, yours truly,Charb. God Bless you and your family Billy
David Charbonneau
Friend
November 19, 2021
Our deepest condolences to the family
The Warrington´s
Other
October 27, 2021
I first met Bill our freshman year at St. Joe High but knew him best from working together at St. Joe Cemetery. When we talked last month, all the funny stories from 50 years ago came back and we laughed a lot. Also last week I was talking to a man who lives near me in New Hampshire. I knew he grew up in Pittsfield, so I asked if he knew Bill. He said "I loved Bill. He was my teacher at North Jr., my swimming coach at PHS, and I was a camper and staff member at Camp Russell. I´ll never forget him." That is his true legacy. There are literally thousands of people who carry a part of Bill with them, and the world is better for it. Christopher Gallagher Dublin, NH
Christopher Gallagher
October 25, 2021
I learned of Coach Tobin's passing from his brother Chris last night. Words couldn't express what I feel so I won't try. Thanks for teaching all of us on the swim team the meaning of discipline, hard work, and self-respect - you are a better man than I am Coach. Looking forward to seeing you further up on the road.
Vince Corbett
October 25, 2021
Josh & Family: So sorry to hear of your Dads passing, He was a great guy, We worked together at PHS for a number of years and he will be missed!
John M. McHugh
Work
October 24, 2021
Bill was a good guy and a great friend to many. He was a fine artist, scientist, athlete and community- builder, with a bright smile, quick wit, eagerness to learn, see and explore, and he brought it all to every day and situation. He will be ever-admired and greatly missed by many. All love and sympathy to his wonderful family. They brought him countless hours of happiness and laughter.
Mike Clary
October 23, 2021
Jay, My condolences on the passing of your Brother.
Matthew Pictrowski
October 22, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
chris koenig
Friend
October 22, 2021
Nikki and family, I am so sorry for your loss.
Erinn Rice Hnatonko
October 21, 2021
I have great memories of "Bil" Mr. Tobin from Camp Russell, The Boys Club and roaming the halls of PHS. Always the nicest, supportive person (*Especially when you weren't sure you could jump off the high-dive at camp, he was there cheering you on!) I am sorry for your loss. He made a difference in so many lives - mine included.
Tim Marchetti
School
October 21, 2021
I was lucky enough to have Bill in his last year of teaching chemistry at Pittsfield High, and even luckier to have made it to several of his art shows over the year. It was incredible to me how he always remembered the names of his former students and what we were up to and his continued warmth towards all. He will be greatly missed but lovingly remembered. -Mike
Mike Bloomberg
School
October 20, 2021
We are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Autumn and Donato Mastroianni
October 20, 2021
I went to school with Bill for twelve years at St. Joseph's in Pittsfield, Ma. Besides his artistic talents, he always had a good temperament, always seemed to be smiling and was always fun to be with. The world lost a wonderful man and my condolences to all his family. Bob Connors, Class of 1966 St. Joe
Bob Connors
School
October 19, 2021
I'm very sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Tobin. My condolences to all of his family and friends. He was a teacher of mine back in the 80's at PHS. RIP
Doug Carlson
School
October 19, 2021
So sorry to hear of Bills passing.I know he fought a tough battle.I met Bill over twenty some years ago when he had an interest in welding and took my Adult ed evening class.Instantly Bill become friendly and comfortable with everyone.A true Gentleman with tons of talent and inside kindness.Our paths crossed several other times doing volunteer work at camp Russell and at several of his art openings.He was also loved and respected at PHS.Bill truly made a difference and his presence made the world a better place!
Edward Martin
October 18, 2021
Bill was such a great person. Always a smile on his face and a laugh to follow. His warm welcoming heart made for such a comfortable environment either at home or the lake house. Such fun times we all had! He will be truly missed and we are so very sorry for your family´s loss. All our love, Kate and Rob
Kate & Rob Gwozdz
October 18, 2021
I am so sorry to hear abut Mr. Tobin. I have so many amazing memories of many summers at Camp Russell. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Bridget Keegan
October 18, 2021
Bill Tobin was one of the kindest, nicest people I ever knew. I first met Bill when he was my high school chemistry teacher trying to convince me that p orbitals mattered. The memory of his earnest efforts to sell me on their value still makes me smile. Then when my dad, his coworker at PHS, had his own health crises, Bill was there for my mom and dad in many ways I heard them gratefully acknowledge over the years. When I became a reporter tasked to write about Pittsfield educators' health insurance issues, he was patient and never condescending as he reviewed the issues for me - even when I called his home on deadline and way too late. Later, when I became a teacher involved with the UEP, he was again generous with his time and assistance. Bill was that rare person who always made you feel like he was genuinely glad to see you, and truly interested in how things were going. I hope he knew how many people really appreciated his many kindnesses and gentle nature. There aren't enough people like Bill Tobin in the world. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Lynne Daley Nilan
October 18, 2021
Hello Tobin Family, I had Mr. Tobin as a science teacher at PHS (class of 1978). He had a way of always making his class interesting and fun. His sense of humor, ability to engage his students and commitment to his students were true gifts. My deepest sympathy for your lose.
Thomas Arpante
School
October 18, 2021
Eileen Josh Nickki Jonathan and Tobin families I was so sorry to hear about Bill's passing . My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this very difficult time.
Jim DiPalazzo. Charolette N.C.
Friend
October 18, 2021
To Josh and the entire Tobin Family, I want to say I am so sorry for your loss. I first met Mr. Tobin as a sophomore in high school and later we team up when I became Union President. I always found Bill to be one of the smartest people I ever met. His knowledge of health insurance kept the City on its toes. Anytime I saw Bill he was always so warm and interested in myself and my family. He could not have been kinder. Again, to Josh and family you are in my thoughts and prayers. Bill was a great man.
Bill Berryman
October 18, 2021
Dear Tobin family, i am so sorry to hear of Bills passing, what a fun loving guy, great teacher and friend to so many who was lucky enough to cross his path, i lived on Seymour St. back in the day, and theTobin house was always filled with family and friends, especially around 4th of July, great people, RIP Mr Tobin, and thanks for your knowledge and laughter
Tommy Moore
School
October 17, 2021
Bob ,Claudia & Family
October 17, 2021
Eileen, Josh, Nikki, Jonathon & families - We were so sorry to learn of Bill´s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time!
Craig and Sandy Crosier
Friend
October 17, 2021
Bernadette, Mary and family. So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Sending you love and prayers that his memory be a blessing.
Pam Turner Aulisio
October 16, 2021
My condolences to the Tobin family. Grew up with Billy in the Seymore Street area. Great kid and good friend. I am sure he will be missed by many. Billy thanks for the memories as youngsters,
Art "Butch" Connelly
Friend
October 16, 2021
We are stunned and saddened to learn of Bill´s passing, he was a great and loyal friend for many, many years and always lots of fun to be around. There are tons of memories and adventures but what stands out the most are the trips to Lake Powell with Bill and friends and to the Caribbean with Bill and Eileen. Our sincere condolences to Eileen and the entire Tobin family. We will miss him greatly.
Court and Jan Olds
Friend
October 16, 2021
I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Bill. I was a student of his a long while ago, and he was more tolerant of, and fair to me than I probably deserved. Please accept my sincere condolences for his leaving this plane of existence, and may you all meet again one day long from now.
Brian Killion
School
October 16, 2021
My condolences to the family. May the fond and loving memories be a comfort and always be with you.
John Bernardo
October 16, 2021
Eileen and family, So sorry to hear of Bill´s passing. He always had a smile on his face. Lots of great memories of 92 Seymour St. on 4th of July.
Jackie (Gleason) Cantwell
Friend
October 16, 2021
Eileen and entire Tobin family. Mary and I wish to express our condolences on the passing of Bill. You were all so lucky to have him in your lives, and all of us who could be proud to have called him a friend were fortunate as well. I will never forget all the laughs and good times we had and will miss not only a good classmate, but a great friend. He was the best of the best. Know all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Denny and Mary Layden, Poinciana, FL
Dennis Layden
Friend
October 16, 2021
Josh, My condolences on the passing of your dad.
Matt Murphy
October 16, 2021
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