Obituary: Richard L. Tobin

Richard L. Tobin, at 84

Richard L. Tobin, of Florida and Hull, died June 30 at the age of 84.

Mr. Tobin proudly served his country in the U.S Marine Corps, attaining the rank of sergeant major. He also served as a sergeant for the Miami Beach Police Department for 36 years. He retired in 1993.

Mr. Tobin lived a storied life: from the professional boxing ring to the dugouts of major league baseball to the winner’s circle at Belmont Park. During his eight-year heavyweight boxing career, he boxed up and down the East Coast and compiled a 35-0 record.

Baseball provided a more lasting love for Mr. Tobin as he played for the St. Louis Browns, the Baltimore Orioles, and the Detroit Tigers, with whom he earned a World Series ring. Mr. Tobin also owned shares in two racehorses, including a Belmont winner, Colonial Affairs.

Mr. Tobin summered in Hull, where he enjoyed his home overlooking the ocean.

Son of the late Anthony G. and Margaret [Sullivan] Tobin; brother of the late John, Gerard, and Anthony Tobin, and the late Mary Tobin, Pauline Stenhouse, Margaret Pellegrini, Frances Gilroy, and Kathleen McKinnon; he is survived by many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at St. Ann Church, 208 Samoset Ave., on Saturday, July 16 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment will be private.

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