Attorney George N. Tobia, Sr., 86, a longtime and highly respected Gardner attorney, died peacefully Friday, March 8, 2019 in UMASS Memorial Medical Center of Worcester, surrounded by his family, following a brief illness.
He was born in Gardner on September 6, 1932, the son of the late Nadim G. and Sadie (Atter) Tobia.
George graduated from Gardner High School with the Class of 1950. In 1955, he received his law degree from Boston University School of Law. Shortly after graduating from law school, he worked as an attorney in North Adams, MA for three years before opening his private law office in his hometown of Gardner, where he practiced for 59 years.
Mr. Tobia was known as an especially skilled trial lawyer, respected by judges and prosecutors alike, and he helped countless members of the community over the course of his career.
George served in the United States Navy. He was a member of the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Church of Gardner. George was a huge Boston sports fan, and was a coach of both Gardner Little League Baseball and the Gardner Babe Ruth League for many years. He loved spending time with his wife Virginia on Cape Cod and in Maine. His family was the most important thing in his life, and he treasured time spent with his grandchildren whom he adored.
He leaves his wife of 58 years, Virginia (Hashim) Tobia of Gardner; sons, Attorney George N. Tobia, Jr. and his wife Allison of Wayland, and Attorney Geoffrey J. Tobia, Sr. and his wife Carolyn of Westminster; brothers, Roger Tobia and his wife Linda of Winchendon, and Richard Tobia and his wife Mary of Gardner; sister, Carole Mumby of Tyngsboro; grandchildren, Geoffrey, Jr., Jack and Dean; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, March 14th at 11:00 a.m. in Annunciation Parish/Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 135 Nichols Street, Gardner. Burial will be held in St. John’s Cemetery of Gardner at a later date.
Friends and family are asked to report directly to the church the morning of the services.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Please reference in memory of Attorney George N. Tobia.
Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols Street, Gardner is handling the arrangements.
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