Edwin "Ed" Tobias

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Edwin "Ed" Tobias
1932 - 2018
CHELSEA - Edwin "Ed" Tobias passed away on Friday, April 6, 2018, at MaineGeneral Medical Center.
Ed is survived by his wife, Joanne; his son, Bill and wife, Barbara; his 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 Dec. 11, 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, still graduating as a member of the National Honor Society in 1951. Shortly thereafter he joined the U.S. Air Force, and was assigned to the Strategic Air Command, where he was a senior aircraft electrician.
He earned the rank master sergeant, 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 Ed talked the base chaplain into marrying them on Christmas Day.
Ed built his own house on 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 was 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 Chevaux.
The family offers a special thanks to all of the staff at the Maine Veterans Home for the wonderful care and support they provided Ed over the past months.
Visitation is scheduled at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, on Tuesday, April 10, from 6-8 p.m. A service is scheduled for Wednesday, April 11, at 11 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.
Condolences, stories and photos may be shared through the funeral home website at: www.plummerfh.com.

In lieu of flowers,
please consider a donation to:
Kennebec Valley Humane Society
10 Pet Haven Lane
Augusta, ME 04330




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Published in Central Maine on Apr. 8, 2018
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