Edwin “Ed” Tobias passed away on Friday, April 6th at MaineGeneral Medical Center. Ed is survived by his wife Joanne, his son Bill and wife Barbara, daughter Karen and husband Marc Voyvodich, his son Mike and wife Carolyn, grandchildren Annie and fiancé Ben Brown, Tom, Hannah Charest and her husband Matt, and several nieces and nephews.
Ed was born in Augusta on December 11th, 1932 to Anthony and Agnes Tobias, immigrants from Poland who moved to Augusta to be close to Ed’s Uncle Felix. Ed was predeceased by his sister Sophie and brothers Tony and Ted. Ed went to Cony High School while working at Daniel’s Motor Parts and still graduating as a member of the National Honor Society in 1951. Shortly thereafter he joined the Air Force and was assigned to the Strategic Air Command, where he was a senior aircraft electrician. He earned the rank Master Sargent and was awarded a National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He worked on a variety of Sabre jets. His service was a lifelong source of pride for Ed, and he was seldom seen without his SAC baseball hat. His four years of service included time in Japan, Texas, Oklahoma and Bangor. It was highlighted by his marriage to Joanne who, in 1952, took a bus from Augusta to Austin, Texas where he talked the Base chaplain into marrying them on Christmas Day.
Ed built his own house on the Cony Road, and founded and ran Central Plate Glass with Joanne, Bill and Mike for over 33 years. He had a number of passions in addition to his family. These included fishing, hunting, gardening, and flying an ultralight (highlighted by an emergency landing after the propeller fell off). His passion for fishing and flying were manifested in digging a trout pond in the side yard and creating a grass landing strip in the back yard. Many summer days were spent cruising and fishing with his family on a lobster boat on Linekin Bay. He enjoyed hearing and telling a good joke, foraging for fiddleheads and mushrooms and cutting and splitting his own firewood. He was a classic fearless, ornery Mainer. He helped save a life as a reserve State Trooper, climbed on the roof of his house in his late 70s to put out a chimney fire in the middle of the night, and took his last deer with a single shot in his own back yard while legally blind. He had a weakness for harassing telemarketers, a good Mai Tai, and strawberry ice cream. Most importantly, he enjoyed the endless flow of friends who visited his home to share stories, meals, and laughter.
Ed was a member of the Chelsea Grange, American Legion, Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, Endowment Member of the National Rifle Association, and La Societe Des 40 Hommes Et 8 Chevauk.
The family offers a special thanks to all of the staff at the Maine Veterans Home for their wonderful care and support provided Ed over the past months.
Visitation is scheduled at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta on Tuesday, April 10th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A service is scheduled for Wednesday, April 11th at 11:00 a.m. at the same location. Please feel free to share a story. Burial at the Maine Veterans Cemetery will occur at a later date.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Kennebec Valley Humane Society, 10 Pet Haven Lane, Augusta, 04330.