Rev. George W. Tobin, 84, of Aiken Court, Plattsburgh, formerly of Massena and Louisville, entered into Eternal Life on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 in his sleep.
Fr. Tobin will lie in state on Sunday, August, 29, 2010 from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church on Cumberland Head. A vigil service will be held Sunday evening at 7 p.m at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, August 30, 2010 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church with the Most Reverend Terry LaValley, Bishop of Ogdensburg presiding.
Interment will be Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Chateaugay.
He is survived by his cousin Rev. Daniel Tobin Keefe, his nieces, Georgianna Statler, Agnes Maye, Anne Marie Bombard, Mary Ann Renadette, Veronica “Bonnie” Pain, his nephews, Joseph Reif, John Reif, William Reif, Michael LaFountain and Francis Smart, several great nieces, great nephews and his closest friends, Msgr. Joseph Aubin, Fr. Lawrence Marullo, Fr. J. Roger McGuinness, Roy and Patty Lynch, Grace and Doug Matthews, Donald and Veronica Rothermel, Emma and Russ Tolosky, Leo and Susan Cormeau and Al Sabanos also survive him.
Fr. Tobin was predeceased by his parents, his siblings, Mercedes and her husband Arnold LaFountain, Pauline and her husband Joseph Reif, Lucille and her husband Charles Picard and Eileen and her husband Everett Woodward, his nieces and nephews, Mercie Koppenaal, Jody Connors, Susan Smart, Robert LaFountain and Michael Woodward.
He was born in Chateaugay on November 12, 1925 the son of Harold D. and Agnes (Hartnett) Tobin.
He attended school in Chateaugay until he entered Wadhams Hall in 1943. His theological studies were at St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto, Canada.
He was ordained a priest on June 3, 1950 by Bishop Bryan J. McEntegart.
Fr. Tobin’s first assignment was as assistant in Tupper Lake, St. Anthony’s in Watertown, St. John’s in Plattsburgh, St. Bernard’s in Lyon Mountain, and St. Joseph’s in Massena.
In 1964 Father Tobin was named pastor in Louisville and also served on the faculty of Holy Family High School in Massena.
In 1971 he was named pastor in AuSable Forks, in 1977, pastor of St Joseph’s in Malone, in 1984 pastor of St. Mary’s of the Lake, Cumberland Head and in 1992, St. James, Cadyville.
In 2000, Fr. Tobin retired, spent some time in the Carolinas and, most recently, lived in Plattsburgh.
Throughout his life as a priest, Fr. Tobin had a real care and concern for the Deaf. He was named Director of Apostolate for the Deaf and was fluent in sign language.
At the request of Fr. Tobin, masses may be offered in his memory.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St., Plattsburgh, NY 12901, (518) 561-3980.
Online condolences and memorial candles may be offered at www.brownfuneralhomeinc.com.