Parker Tobin’s un­cle speaks on be­half of fam­ily

Bay Roberts coun­cil passes along con­do­lences, makes do­na­tion

The Compass - - Editorial - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

BAY ROBERTS, NL — A reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing in Bay Roberts be­gan a lit­tle dif­fer­ently than most meet­ings held in the cham­bers.

Each mem­ber of coun­cil wore a colour­ful hockey jer­sey Tues­day night, and near the front of the room, where Mayor Phillip Wood sat, were pho­tos of Parker Tobin, an 18-year-old goalie for the Hum­boldt Bron­cos, and one of 16 play­ers and team per­son­nel (as of April 13) killed in a tragic ac­ci­dent in Saskatchewan on Fri­day, April 6.

Parker’s fa­ther, Ed­die, was a Bay Roberts na­tive who moved out of the prov­ince a cou­ple decades ago to pur­sue a ca­reer in teach­ing.

Soon af­ter coun­cil ac­cepted the agenda, Deputy Mayor Wal­ter Yet­man made a mo­tion to do­nate $500 to the fam­ily, which was car­ried unan­i­mously. Ed­die’s brother and Parker’s un­cle, Glenn Tobin, was present at Tues­day night’s meet­ing to speak to coun­cil on be­half of the fam­ily.

“We all re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the do­na­tion you’re mak­ing to my brother and fam­ily. We had to drop by af­ter we heard about it, even though we’ve been try­ing to keep to our­selves a bit. It’s re­ally go­ing to go a long way,” Glenn said to coun­cil. “Be­cause my brother grew up here, and a lot of peo­ple who knew him, know how pas­sion­ate he was about sports.”

He also ex­plained that hockey had been a part of the Tobin fam­ily for as long as he can re­mem­ber – both he and Ed­die were avid play­ers, and both men have passed the love for the sport down to their chil­dren.

“Hockey’s a part of life – even the peo­ple that don’t play it, en­joy watch­ing it. Peo­ple who grow up to­gether, and play to­gether, be­come a fam­ily. That gets passed on to the kids and so on, and that’s ex­actly the way it hap­pened for us, Ed­die es­pe­cially,” Glenn said. “Both his boys got into the game, and loved it just as much as he did.”

Ed­die’s per­sonal love for hockey is some­thing Glenn re­mem­bered fondly about their child­hood, not­ing that the pas­sion for the sport was ev­i­dently passed through to Parker as well, as the young goal­tender car­ried the same drive to suc­ceed ev­ery time his skates touched the ice.

Parker re­ally had his fa­ther’s de­ter­mi­na­tion, and he knew he was close to get­ting into the NHL,” he said. “I know ev­ery­body who has kids in hockey, they all think they’re go­ing to the NHL, but Parker re­ally had that po­ten­tial – the kid had what it took.”

While Ed­die’s pas­sion for hockey was ev­i­dent to most, Glenn said his brother also has a pas­sion for Bay Roberts, his home town. Be­cause of this, Glenn passed along his thanks not only from him­self, but from the rest of the fam­ily, to Bay Roberts coun­cil mem­bers, not only for the mon­e­tary do­na­tion, but also the con­tin­u­ing sup­port Ed­die’s home has shown in the past few days.

“I know Ed­die’s heart and soul will al­ways be right here in Bay Roberts, no mat­ter where he is, so we’ll al­ways be grate­ful for the sup­port the fam­ily’s re­ceived.”

Wood went on to re­turn Glenn’s thanks, adding that the com­mu­nity’s flags will be set at half-mast for 15-days as a show of re­spect for the 15 vic­tims of Fri­day’s fa­tal ac­ci­dent. This is a ges­ture that sev­eral com­mu­ni­ties in the area will also be car­ry­ing out.

Along­side this, the town will be set­ting up a book of con­do­lences to later be passed along to the Tobin fam­ily. The book will be set up at the town of­fice, and will also be brought along to Satur­day night’s char­ity game for the Tobin fam­ily at the Bay Arena.

“Hum­boldt and Bay Roberts both have a pop­u­la­tion of around 6,000 peo­ple, so you can imag­ine that, if some­thing like this were to hap­pen here, what kind of im­pact it would have on the en­tire com­mu­nity,” said Wood. “We’d just like to pass along out most sin­cere con­do­lences to Ed­die, to Glenn, and to the en­tire Tobin fam­ily.”

Coun­cil also held a mo­ment of si­lence at the meet­ing to hon­our all in­volved in the ac­ci­dent.

“I know ev­ery­body who has kids in hockey, they all think they’re go­ing to the NHL, but Parker re­ally had that po­ten­tial – the kid had what it took.”

—Glenn Tobin

HUM­BOLDT BRON­COS

Parker Tobin was among those killed in a tragic ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing the team bus he was a pas­sen­ger on and a trac­tor trailer on Fri­day, April 6 in Saskatchewan.

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