OBITUARY: Sylvia (Jordan) Tobin, 89

DOVER, NH — Sylvia (Jordan) Tobin, of Bellamy Fields and formerly of Greenfield, Massachusetts, taught her final class on August 19, 2016. Sylvia Mae was born on April 21, 1927 at the Jordan Family Farm in Plainfield, NH; she was a daughter of Otis and Mildred Jordan and sister to Martha (McSwain), Kay (Perkins Gary), Raymond and Bill.

Sylvia graduated from Windsor High School and went on to Northampton (Massachusetts) Commercial College where she earned an Executive Secretarial Certificate in 1947 and her Teaching Certificate in 1948. While at NCC she met her future husband, George F. Tobin; they were married in 1949; he predeceased her in 2002.

Sylvia taught Business Courses at Wilmington High School, Greenfield High School, Mohawk Trail Regional School, Gill Montague Regional School and Greenfield Community College. While teaching full time, Sylvia earned her Bachelor’s Degree in 1970 and her Master’s Degree in 1975. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a thirty year Breast Cancer Survivor who worked with many scared patients as they went through their procedures.

Sylvia was an accomplished pianist and vocalist; music was very important to her; she played and sang whenever she could. She was a member of the Handel & Haydn Society and enjoyed many concerts in Boston, the Five Colleges and Tanglewood. Sylvia loved to travel to the Caribbean with her friends and family for years however in 1987 she went to Puerto Vallarta and never thought of traveling anywhere else! Locally, Sylvia’s family summered every year at Cape Cod and continued to do so every summer, including this past June. Sylvia worked hard at everything she decided to do; she sewed her own clothes; beautifully refinished and upholstered furniture; loved her many Shelties and turned her yard into a garden wonderland over the almost sixty years she lived in her beloved home on Orchard Street. Sylvia loved reading and doing crossword puzzles.

When she suffered a debilitating stroke on May 2011 she was not expected to survive. Rather than give up because she could no longer participate in her favorite brain teasers, she set about relearning her skills. It was a long road to recovery but she returned to the home she loved and lived on her own until suffering a second stroke in September 2013. Sylvia moved to Bellamy Fields in Dover, NH in February 2014. She loved everyone there and knew she was loved in return.

Sylvia leaves behind her son, George F. Tobin, Jr. of Montgomery Village, Maryland, daughter Martha D. Tobin and son-in-law Patrick Smith of Conway, NH and many nieces/nephews, great-nieces/nephews and great-great nieces/nephews from the McSwain, Perkins, Jordan, Smith and Tobin families. Sylvia believed in letting people know how she felt while she was alive; she didn’t want any public memorial service; just think of one thing she taught you and you will have fulfilled her wishes. Sylvia loved the beach and went any day that she could. She and George, Sr. will be laid to rest in September on their favorite beach on Cape Cod. The Cremation Society of New Hampshire in Manchester took care of Sylvia’s final journey.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tobin Scholarship to support students furthering their education in Business, Nursing or the Performing Arts at Gill-Montague Regional School District, 35 Crocker Avenue, Montague, MA 01376 or to the Bellamy Fields Recreation Fund, 150 Garrison Road, Dover, NH 03820.

Sylvia (Jordan) Tobin
Sylvia (Jordan) Tobin

(NOTE: The above obituary is from the Cremation Society of New Hampshire via

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