Obituary of John F. Tobin
Jack Tobin passed away peacefully on February 4, 2019 at the age of 87. Born in Hartford, CT, he later lived in Wyckoff before moving to Paterson, NJ, where he attended Central High School. Jack proudly served in the U.S Marine Corps reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant while stationed in Korea during the war. In 1960, Jack moved to Ringwood with then wife Margaret where they raised five children. An active member of the community and parishioner of St. Catherine's R.C. Church, Jack lived in Ringwood until his death. In 1955, Jack joined the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 325 (later 124) in Paterson, NJ. After 22 years working "with the tools" as a carpenter, Jack was elected Business Agent and was appointed to the executive committee of the NJ State Council of Carpenters. Jack retired from the Union in 1994 and enjoyed his retirement with his loving wife Cathy, traveling and relaxing at their camp in Lake Sacandaga.
Jack was proud of his Irish heritage, was quick of wit, a brilliant writer, and he loved to sing which he did so beautifully. Above all, Jack adored his family. Jack is predeceased by his parents Michael and Rose, brothers: Michael Tobin, Edward Tobin and his sister Geraldine Lawliss. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 28 years Catherine; four daughters: Susan T. Varca, her husband John; Laura T. Wallace, her husband Gregg; Patty Tobin; Jennifer T. Mirto, her husband Matt; and son John “Jack” F. Tobin, Jr., and his wife Mary, and three step-children: Michael C. DeCarlo, Edward J. DeCarlo and Diane M. Suchowierski. Jack is also survived by 12 grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 2 - 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home, (vpfh.com), 257 Godwin Ave., Wyckoff. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Catherine of Bologna Church, 112 Erskine Rd., Ringwood, NJ 07456. Interment will follow at Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah. Contributions in Jack’s memory may be made to Oasis Haven for Women and Children, 59 Mill St., Paterson, NJ, 07501. Oasisnj.org