Patrick R. Tobia, 95, of Manasquan, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at his home.
Patrick was predeceased in 2018 by his loving wife Ann [Mammolite] of almost 70 years, his siblings Anna, Margaret, Carmella, Ella, Genevieve, Geraldine, Pamela, Angel and Larry. He is survived by his beloved children: Patricia Polizzano and her husband Dan of W. Orange, Barbara Armstrong and her husband Tim McElhatton of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Peter Tobia and his wife Pat of Basking Ridge, Joe Tobia and his wife Francine of Spring Lake and Maria Gallucci and her husband Tom of Ocean City. Patrick was the cherished grandfather of Joe Jr., Matt, Nicole, Chris, Daniel, Alexandra, Morgan, Jacqueline, Nicholas and Rosina and great grandfather to Will. He is also survived by a sister-in-law Faye Tobia of W. Orange and was predeceased by Ann’s sister Vincenza “Vee” and two brothers Michael and Donald.
Patrick was born and raised in Newark. He attended high school in Newark and left early to serve in the United States Navy during World War II. After his service [1943 to 1946] he returned to Newark and pursued the love of his life Ann Mammolite. They married in May 1948 and started their family. They lived most of their lives in W. Orange. Patrick and his family summered in Manasquan moving there permanently in 1998. He was the owner and operator of Snow-White Laundries for over 30 years. After his retirement he became a golf ranger and the unofficial “Mayor” of Bel-Aire Golf Course, in Wall. Patrick was a very active member of the Manasquan VFW Post 1838 and past Grand Marshall of the Manasquan Memorial Parade in 2015. Along with many of his fellow WWII veterans, he was interviewed by the NJ Militia Museum about his service. You may watch the video by going to https://njmilitiamuseum.org/
Patrick and Ann enjoyed spending their later years wintering and golfing in Myrtle Beach with their friends. Pat had a deep love for the ocean and was often seen fearlessly riding his scooter to the beach and around town. He was a self-professed water bug, teaching his children and grandchildren to love and respect the ocean. His storytelling kept whatever audience he could find entertained and created many happy memories preparing his legendary breakfasts!
Family and friends were invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, August 29 at St. Denis Church, Manasquan and were asked to be aware of all COVID restrictions. For those who wish to review the restrictions please visit http://www.churchofstdenis.org
Due to the pandemic and a desire to keep all safe, the family will host a “Celebration of Life” gathering at a later date when the restrictions have been eased. Please keep in touch with family members for that date. Once the date has been selected, the event will also be posted on the funeral home website. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Manasquan VFW Post 1838, 30 Ridge Avenue, Manasquan, NJ 08736; please reference Patrick Tobia in the memo.
Arrangements are under the care of Orender Family Home for Funerals, Manasquan. To send condolences to the family, please visit http://www.orenderfamilyhome.