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Michael J. "Mike" Tobia

Thursday, November 12th, 2020
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Michael Joseph Tobia (Mike), age 71, of Stow, MA went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 12th, 2020 after a courageous two and a half year battle with pancreatic cancer. Mike died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.

Michael is survived by his wife of forty-two years, Jill Tobia, and their children, Catherine Tobia and her husband Peter Pereira, Jessica Stanton and her husband Steve, Bethany Tobia and her partner David Baczkowski, Samantha Tobia and her fiance Jesse Durfee, and Rebekah Tobia. He will be incredibly missed by his grandchildren Lilah and Patrick Stanton, Oliver and Emmett Pereira, and Davie Baczkowski.

Mike was born in Closter, NJ to Orlando and Mary Tobia. He was the oldest of nine children, Carol Wenston, Joseph Tobia, Rita Tobia, Peter Tobia, Maria Tobia, Angel Linton, Joya Howland, and the late Adam Tobia.
He graduated from Rider University and then served in the Army National Guard. At the age of 24, he was employed by the Quaker Oats Company. Mike remained with the company for over forty years until he retired as Pepsico’s Director of Sales and Marketing for the Northeast Region.

Never one to relax, Mike immediately threw himself into new projects after retiring. He became trained to answer calls through a Suicide Prevention hotline and also started Mt. Calvary Community Supper of Acton. Taking care of people was one of Mike’s passions and he usually did this care through the form of food. Mike, with the help of many others, created a space where people could not only be provided with a warm meal, but a chance to socialize with others in a dining room setting. Just before his passing, Mike was so pleased that another week passed where 200 meals were served to community members in need.

Mike was an avid fisherman and gardener, who was thrilled to pass along his cucumbers and tomatoes to his children and friends. He relished any opportunity to cook breakfast for his children and grandchildren, and treasured vacations in the Outer Banks with his family. As busy and productive as Mike often was, it was his grandchildren that slowed him down and brought out his best self. He was always eager to teach them how to fish, watch one more episode on PBS, teach which vegetables were best to pick, and always ready to prepare homemade applesauce or breakfast treats.

Funeral arrangements at this time will be private, but a livestream will be available for viewing through Acton Funeral Home.

Please use the following link to view the service live on Tuesday, November 17th at noontime.

A memorial service and reception will be held when it is safe to celebrate his life with all his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mt Calvary Community Supper of Acton, so that his passion of helping and serving others can continue in his memory. Donations can be mailed to 472 Massachusetts Avenue, Acton, MA 01720; Attention: Mt. Calvary Community Supper.

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    Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 12:00pm
    Acton Funeral Home
    470 Massachusetts Avenue
    ACTON, MA 01720
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    Due to COVID restrictions, in-person attendance for the service on Tuesday, November 17th at noon is closed to the public, however those who wish may watch the service via Tribucast live stream using the following link, which may be copied and pasted into your browser:


    A memorial service with a gathering to follow will be held at a later date when it's safe to celebrated Mike's life with family and friends.

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mt Calvary Community Supper of Acton, so that his passion of helping and serving others can continue in his memory. Donations can be mailed to 472 Massachusetts Avenue, Acton, MA 01720; Attention: Mt. Calvary Community Supper.


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Private Condolence

Jack Brophy

Posted at 03:03am
Mike lived his faith in service to others and in gratitude for the blessings of his life. He was so very grateful for “another Wednesday” serving Community Supper. We continue in honor and respect for Mike.

joe tobia

Posted at 11:27am
Michael's example of courage and faith that he displayed during this fight will stay with us for all of our days.

PC did not get the best of you , it brought out the very best in you! Your courage, tenacity and faith were inspiring to us all and we will always be grateful for this last unforgettable lesson.

Of equal importance was the selfless display of love shown by your wife and children as they cared for you theses past 32 months. This was no easy task by any measure, but it was well fueled by their immense love for you.
Many thanks to Jill and the girls for the way you lovingly cared for Michael.

Joe and Lori Tobia

Mike Ciuffo

Posted at 08:11pm
I met Mike by chance 5 years ago at the Doctors office after I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Mike and his brother Joe walked up to me and my wife and said "you know your going to be ok, right?" ...I think they could tell by the look on our faces that we needed help..and from that minute on Mike, Joe and I became friends. Mike, having never met me in my life, would call me a few times a week to see how I was doing and to mentor me through the entire process right up to surgery and beyond. He even had me out to visit him and Jill at their home when I was in their area. That tells you what kind of a man Mike was!
My wife and I will NEVER forget what he did for us. He just decide to stop and help two strangers, when we needed it most.
People like Mike don't come around too often. He will be missed.

Lynne Osborn

Posted at 08:39pm
One of the gifts and joys of my life was the chance to work with Mike at Community Suppers. In so many ways his legacy to this community will continue to serve countless thousands for years to come. I will hold his spirit and his wonderful smile in my heart. Lynne


Mark needel

Posted at 12:17pm
Hey, it’s me....
I had the honor to work with Mike for 20+ years. He was a mentor to his team members. He brought out the best of us. God Bless and RIP

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