Richard P. Tobin, 95, lifelong Auburn resident, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 in the comfort of his home after a decline in health. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of almost 73 years, Gloria M. (Harding) Tobin, earlier this year.
He leaves his devoted daughter, Maureen L. Caramiello and her husband Carlo; his grandson, Gino P. Caramiello, Sr. and his wife Stephanie; his great-grandchildren, Gino P. Caramiello, Jr., Alexia A. Caramiello, Faith E.N. Caramiello, and Alex E. Caramiello, all of North Brookfield; along with many nieces, nephews, close friends and neighbors. Richard was also predeceased by his six siblings, Howard, Thomas, Jr., Helen, Mary, Edna, and Mildred; and their parents, Thomas Tobin, Sr. and Delia (Powers) Tobin.
Born, raised, and educated in Auburn, Richard enlisted in the U.S. Navy upon turning 18 years old, to serve his country during World War II. He was honorably discharged at the end of 1945, and returned home to Auburn to marry his beloved Gloria. They were married on September 6, 1947, settling in his hometown to begin their wonderful life together.
Richard entered the work force, beginning an extensive career at Camosse Masonry as manager of shipping supplies. He also worked as a full-time Auburn police officer for ten years while working at Camosse. He then worked as a truck driver for Marois Brothers, before working at State Mutual Insurance in Worcester as the maintenance mechanic. Richard retired in 1991.
He cherished his home, and taking care of the landscaping. Richard loved riding his John Deere around the yard, too. He was a member of the local #170 teamsters, and the former Auburn Knights of Columbus. He also was a proud volunteer firefighter for the town.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to S.O.N.G. (Supporting Orphans Nationally & Globally, Inc.), 5 North Street, Suite #4, Ware, MA 01082 (supportingorphans.org).
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the Tobin family from 9:30 to 10:30 AM on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at the BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME. Richard’s funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 AM at St. Joseph’s Church, 189 Oxford St. N., Auburn, followed by burial with military honors in Hillside Cemetery.