James William Tobey, a resident of Wake Robin in Shelburne, died unexpectedly but peacefully on Oct. 12, 2012 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.
Born in Quincy Mass., on Nov. 27, 1919 to James Alner Tobey and Lena May (King) Tobey, Bill attended schools in Rye, N.Y. He graduated in 1937 from Rye High School, where he was captain of the track team, manager of the basketball team, stage manager, and member of the National Honor Society. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the rank of Eagle. His life-long involvement in scouting culminated in his being awarded the BSA’s highest honor, the Order of the Silver Beaver.
Bill earned his BA degree from Amherst College in 1941 and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1943. After graduation he joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II, ultimately concluding his service with the rank of Lieutenant Commander, USNR, in 1980.
In 1943, the young Ensign married Marieta Krejci of Birmingham, Mich. After the war, the couple moved to Rye, where Bill began his business career with the Borden Company. In 1948, he moved to Home Life Insurance, where he held positions in management and administration until his retirement in 1982.
He is survived by his wife Marieta, of Wake Robin, daughter Cathleen and her husband Thomas Rubel of Glenwood Springs Colo., daughter Priscilla and her husband Rich Goggin of Carlysle, Mass., son William and his wife Gerri Oppedisano of South Burlington, daughter Ann and her husband Ron Wilhelmsen of Milton Mass., and seven grandchildren. Bill was predeceased by his son James R. Tobey (Susan Bracaglia Tobey) of Lexington, Mass. in 2001, and by his sister, Sylvia Tobey Hoisington of Farmington, Maine in 2005.
Contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to the Vermont Land Trust, 8 Bailey Ave, Montpelier, VT 05602.