Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Paul Tobin

Paul Samuel Tobin

November 23, 1909
Patterson, NJ

September 6, 2003
Akron, OH

1926-27 Akron West High School - Ohio (High School)
1933-34 Akron General Tires (Independent)
1934-35 Akron General Tires (Independent)
1935-36 Akron Killian Celtics (Independent)
1936-37 Akron Firestone Non-Skids (MBC)
1937-38 Akron Firestone Non-Skids (NBL)
1938-39 Akron Firestone Non-Skids (NBL)
1939-40 Akron Firestone Non-Skids (NBL)

Not much information was initially found about Paul Tobin. I knew he was in the Summit County Hall of Fame, but that was it. I emailed their website people, but they didn't have any Birth or Death information. However, when I was looking for teammate Howard "Soup" Cable, I found his wife's obituary. It her maiden name was "Tobin" and it listed a Paul as a surviving brother. I found this to be a big clue. Through his her obituary, I was able to come up with the name of Paul's parents and his siblings. I found his parents' graves at findagrave.
Paul's father's grave Thomas Joseph Tobin (1869-1938) :
Paul's mother's grave Annie Elizabeth (Ickes) Tobin (1883-1966):
Patricia McDonald (alive in 2015),
Margaret Keller (June 24, 1903 - dec as of 2008)
Catherine Cable (Aug 19, 1912 - June 24, 2008)
Ernest (alive in 2008, dec as of 2015)
Thomas (born. c. 1923 died June 14, 2015)
Donald (alive in 2008, dec as of 2015)
John Walk Tobin (Apr 13 1906-June 29, 1989).

At, I found his birth record.

He married Fern I. Holmes (1912-2014) and had three children, Paula Richards (1943-2004), Sally Jo Alkire and Laura Cook.

So far, everything lined up. I was 99% certain I had the right Paul Tobin. I just wanted 100%. I then found Fern Holmes obituary, which lead to Paul's obituary:

Paul Samuel Tobin, member of Summit County Hall of Fame. He worked for Firestone for over 30 years in development. An avid golfer, he also refereed MAC basketball games.


1 comment:

  1. My name is John Richards. Paul Tobin was my grandfather. Howard soup cable was my great uncle who married my aunt Catherine(Pauls sister). Please contact me about your research and the purpose for it I have some original pictures of uncle soup and his basketball nonskid uniform sign, my aunt has the old Firestone nonskid team photos

    John Richards
    (619) 718-0245