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James M. “Jim” Tobin

d. May 30, 2023

James M. “Jim” Tobin

James M. “Jim” Tobin passed away on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, from complications of (P. K. D.) Polycystic Kidney Disease. He was 78.

He was born and raised in Cambridge where he attended Cambridge High and Latin School and met his future wife Mary Bernadette (Travers) Tobin. Jim moved his family to Hull in 1971. He always said, it was the best move he ever made.

Jim was an environmentalist, a fiscal conservative, town activist, volunteer, dedicated public official and above all he had unquestionable commitment to the people of Hull. Jim has often thanked his family for their patience and understanding which allowed Jim to pursue his many endeavors regarding helping the people of Hull.

His story begins in 1979 when he was elected to the Hull Board of Assessors. He was again elected in 1982, 1985, and 1988 serving for 11 years, many as Chairman.

In 1988 Jim was appointed by Governor Michael Dukakis to serve for a 3-year term on the State Board that oversees the Department of Environmental Management. In 1990, Jim was elected as Hull’s Selectman for a 1-year term.

In 1992, he was elected again for a 3-year term and chosen by his peers as Chairman. As a member and past Chairman of the Hull Democratic Town Committee for over 40 years, Jim worked tirelessly for just about every Democratic candidate. He was also the Chairman of CO OP 6, which was made up of several Democratic Town Committees in the Norfolk and Plymouth County senatorial districts. In 1997, he received the Democratic of the Year Award in recognition of his commitment to the Democratic Party from U.S. Congressman Bill Delahunt. In 1999, he was appointed to Hull’s Advisory Board. In 2010, Jim retired from the Advisory Board after being appointed by Governor Duval Patrick as the States Representative to the Hull Redevelopment Authority, for a 5-year term, where he assumed the duties as it’s Treasurer.

In 2014 he was presented with the Hull Hero Award, in recognition as an outstanding role model for volunteerism and dedication to the Hull community.

In 2015 Jim was again appointed by the Republican Governor Charles Baker to serve another 5-year term on the Hull Redevelopment Authority, again as it’s Treasurer, and then again 2020.

Not all of Jim’s life was politics and volunteering. He was employed by AC&S Co. for 25 years. Jim provided technical supervision on job sites throughout New England. He was also on the Executive Board for Local #6 Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers Union.

In 1996, a serious health issue forced Jim to retire. He was diagnosed with (P.K.D.) Polycystic Kidney Disease. In 1999 he was finally getting a new kidney from an unexpected place. The transplant would come from Bernadette, his ex-wife at that time. He was forever grateful to Bernadette for giving him many more years to enjoy his family. The two were remarried shortly after this noble, selfless act of love.

After Jim’s transplant, his health improved and he was able to go back to work, again doing what he loved to do best, helping people. Jim was hired by the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds. Jim retired from the Registry in 2010 to spend more time with his wife, two daughters and 5 granddaughters.

He loved spending time with his family on Nantasket Beach and kayaking on the Weir River behind his home. Throughout his life, the most important thing to him was his family. He worked two jobs most of his life, to provide the best life possible for his wife and two daughters.  Loving his children and 5 wonderful granddaughters, made him the happiest, most grateful and proudest Papa on earth. With all his accomplishments in life, having a loving family was always a top priority to him. For the last couple of years, the family would vacation in Florida and take cruises to the Bahamas together. He enjoyed almost every opening game at Fenway he could with his brother Francis and carried on that tradition with his daughters and grandchildren. He spent countless hours studying his family genealogy and his Irish heritage. In his retirement he always said, “I have the best of both worlds, living in Hull in the summer and spending the winters in Jupiter, Florida”.

He will forever be missed by his wife Bernadette, whom he married twice, first for 25 years and again after his Kidney Transplant for 14 years.

Jim was a loving and dedicated father to his daughters Michelle Tobin Gill of Whitman and Bernadette Tobin of Abington, also the loving Grandfather (PA PA) to Olivia and Fiona Gill of Whitman and Amanda, Allison and Andrea Daley of Abington.

He was the son of the late Francis J. and Ann E. (Riley) Tobin of Cambridge. He is also predeceased by brothers Francis X. Tobin of Cambridge and John J. Tobin of Belmont. He will be missed by a brother William E. Tobin of Melrose.  He will also be remembered by his closest sibling Helen Tobin Clancy and his three nieces Sandra Snow, Cindi and Kurt Carlson and Pam and Ronald Rotondo. He leaves a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Pat and Frank Macdonald, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends and associates.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Wednesday, June 7th, from 4-8 PM in the Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald St. (off Central St.), HINGHAM. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:45 AM on Thursday, June 8th, prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Parish in St. Ann’s Church, Hull at 10:30 AM. Burial in Hull Village Cemetery, Hull.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, 8330 Ward Parkway, Suite 510, Kansas City, MO 64114.

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Visiting Hours

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Pyne Keohane Funeral Home

21 Emerald Street, Hingham, MA 02043

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Celebration of Life Service

Thursday, June 8, 2023

Starts at 9:45 am (Eastern time)

Pyne Keohane Funeral Home

21 Emerald Street, Hingham, MA 02043

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Funeral Mass

Thursday, June 8, 2023

Starts at 10:30 am (Eastern time)

St. Mary's Parish in St. Ann's Church

208 Samoset Avenue, Hull, MA 02045

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