John “Jack” Tobin

August 23rd, 2016

John R. Tobin, “Jack”, age 65, of Wilmington, formerly of Chelsea, died peacefully on August 23, 2016, surrounded by his loving family at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill following a courageous battle with cancer.

Jack was born on April 8, 1951, in Chelsea, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Robert and Helen (Roche) Tobin. Jack was raised and educated in Chelsea and a graduate of Chelsea High School.

Jack married his “best friend” Patricia Murphy on September 12, 1982; the couple moved to Wilmington in 1988 where they raised two wonderful children John and Nicole. Jack loved being a dad, he was very supportive of his children and enjoyed taking them to all of their sporting events.

For over 45 years Jack was employed as a Manager for the Commercial Union Insurance Company, which later became the One Beacon Insurance Company in Boston. Jack’s outgoing personality and work ethic made him quite successful throughout the years.

In his spare time, Jack enjoyed reading, watching sports, and utilizing his computer skills for friends and family.

Jack will be fondly remembered as a great guy, kind, funny, and very helpful towards others. He was known to be very family oriented and treasured every moment spent with his family and friends. Jack was well loved and will be greatly missed by all.

Jack was the beloved husband of Patricia (Murphy) Tobin, devoted father of John R. Tobin II of Wilmington and Nicole Andrea Tobin & her fiancé Ben Perrier of Ludlow, cherished son of the late Robert and Helen (Roche) Tobin, dear brother of Maureen Utera & husband Richard of Connecticut, Eileen Foley & husband Donald of New Hampshire, Margaret O’Reagan & husband Richard of Arizona, Elizabeth Roy of California, brother-in-law of Paul and Sandra Hafey of Billerica. Jack is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Monday, August 29th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers donations in Jack’s memory may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence, MA 01843.


13 Entries in Guest Book for “John “Jack” Tobin”

  1. Connie Mehl & Chip Perrier says:

    Our deepest condolences for your lost.

  2. Gloria Corcoran says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  3. Lisa Antrim says:

    I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. I worked with John for many years at Commercial Union and now OneBeacon. He was always a nice guy and made everyone laugh. May he always rest in peace and fly high with the angels.

  4. Susan Donovan says:

    My deepest condolences. I met John in 1975 when I first joined Commercial Union. He was one of the happiest and helpful people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. We are all very sad to hear of this news.

  5. Peter Lavelle says:

    John and I go back to 1978 at CU. I agree with everyone that John was the most helpful and pleasant person I ever had the pleasure to meet. I feel very lucky to have know John. May he rest in peace.

  6. Sue Rowe says:

    Patty, John, and Nicki, so saddened to hear of Jack’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless!

  7. Debbie O'Brien says:

    Hi Patty, Very sad to hear of Jack’s passing. I know we haven’t had recent contact. Phillip and John were friends when they were little. I remember you, Jack, Johnny and Nicole fondly, with happy memories of the kids being childhood friends. Again, very sorry for your loss.
    Debbie O’Brien

  8. Judy Carrasco says:

    So sorry to hear this news. I first met John when I went to work for CU in 1986. John was hard working, funny and a great person to be around. You will be missed by so many people. My thoughts and prayers to the family.

  9. Barbara Noe says:

    To John’s family – I was saddened to hear the news of John’s passing. I met John in 1972 when I started working at Commercial Union. I quickly learned that John was the ‘go-to’ person whenever there was a rush job that needed to be done. John came to my aid and answered my many ‘distress’ calls through the years – always with a smile on his face.

    I’m very sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.

  10. Jerry Lenihan says:

    So sorry for your loss. John was my very first boss and I worked with him at Commercial Union for almost 15 years, starting part-time in 1985. So many people that worked for him climbed through the ranks at Commercial Union. That tells you a lot about the man he was. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  11. Joanne Emerick says:

    Sending my sympathies, warm thoughts and love to your family. I’m so sorry for your loss, John.

  12. Joe Murphy says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of John’s passing, and so sorry for your tremendous loss. I had the pleasure of working with John at CU from 1978 onward. I admired his work ethic, and his ability to see humor at even the hardest of times. I was lucky enough to have spent time with him through the many transitions at CU, CGU and OneBeacon at One Beacon Street, Triway and at Mansfield. He was an amazing coworker, supporter, friend and confidant. I will miss him.

  13. Fernando Espinola says:

    John was a friend, a boss and a mentor. I enjoyed all the time spent with John and all the things that I learned from him. Times when I was feeling down or thought I was in trouble for some mistake made processing the print/mail, John would always find a way to spin the situation and bring the bright side of things, making you feel better. I would enjoy watching John put a spin to any situation then telling him “you BS’d your way out of that one”. He would get a kick out of that.
    John was a great man and he is now in a better place. May his heart and soul rest in peace. My prayers are with him and his family.

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