Daytona Beach, Florida
Sunday, May 30, 2010

William James Tobin

William James Tobin, 80, died on May 25, 2010 in Kindred Hospital, Green Cove Springs, Florida, from complications following lung cancer surgery. He was born June 3, 1929 in Queens, New York.

William, "Bill", made a lasting contribution to the future of the hospitality and food service industry while President of Nabisco's Food Service Division in Parsippany, NJ. He was a trustee of the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association which awarded him its highest honor, "The College of Diplomats’ Award". Bill Tobin served as Chairman of the Board of the International Food Manufactures Association (IFMA). In 1989, IFMA established a permanent "William J. Tobin Scholarship" award to the Foodservice Institute at the University of Notre Dame. He served on the boards of the National Automatic Merchandisers Association and the Culinary Institute of America. He will be greatly missed by his friends and associates in the food service industry.

William J. Tobin served in the US Navy where he had the unique opportunity to travel to the Antarctic with an expedition commanded by Admiral Byrd, while aboard the USS Philippine Sea.

He lived in Sparta, NJ for over 30 years where he was a member of the Lake Mohawk Country Club. He has been a resident of Grand Haven in Palm Coast, Florida for 5 years. His hobbies were reading and collecting books.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Lynn, of Palm Coast, FL; daughter, Nicole Tobin of Charlotte, NC; daughter, Laura Pahler, son-in-law Ed Pahler & grandson Zachary Pahler of Sea Grit, NJ.

Visitation & a Memorial Service will be held on June 3, 2010 at 10:00 am at the Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home, 511 Old Kings Rd. S., Flagler Beach, FL. A Funeral Mass will follow at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 4600 Belle Terre Pwky, Palm Coast at 11:30 am, with interment in the church columbarium after the Mass.

A luncheon will follow at the Grand Haven Golf Club. In Lieu of Flowers please make donation to The Smile Train at: Arrangements are in the care and trust of Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home.