Irwin E. Tober

Irwin E. Tober, died December 10, 2013 at age 92 in Sarasota, Fla. He was known to most of his friends as “Buddy.”  Born December 19, 1920 in St. Louis, Mo., he was the son of Abraham and Anna Tober and brother to Harold, Lester, Selma and Winifred.  He attended Soldan High School and the University of Missouri where he was President of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity and earned a Bachelors degree in Journalism. During World War II, he served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater, first in the artillery and later as an Infantry Unit Commander.  As Captain of his unit, he saw combat in the Southern and Northern Philippines, helping to liberate the island nation from Japanese occupation. For this, he received three bronze stars. ‪Upon returning to the States, Irwin joined the family Tober-Saifer Shoe Manufacturing business, eventually becoming the President of Tober Industries. In 1971, he and his family had the opportunity to move to Florence, Italy to run the import business.  As a Mason and a Shriner, Irwin participated in many charitable endeavors, including Veterans’ causes, hospitals and institutions of higher learning. Among his many loves were golf, tennis, and horseback riding, having played polo in college. He also loved piloting his motorboat at his vacation home at Lake of the Ozarks.  One of the most cherished achievements in his later years was a rafting trip down the Colorado River he undertook at age 72, beyond the age typically allowed. His retirement years were spent with his wife, Cynthia, in Longboat Key, Fla. Irwin was a member of B’nai Amoona Synagogue in St. Louis and Temple Beth Israel in Longboat Key.  ‪Irwin is survived by his wife of 66 years, Cynthia, his sister, Winifred, his son James and wife Patricia of Manhattan, two daughters, Laurie Kielmovitch and her husband Isaac of Orlando, and Angela Rattigan and her husband, Kevin of Sarasota, plus four grandchildren, Valerie Kielmovitch, Elizabeth Tober, Alicia Kielmovitch and Connor Rattigan.  The family wishes to thank Zeina Chibli for her kindness and devotion.  ‪Graveside service Wednesday, December 18th, 10:00 AM at B’nai Amoona Cemetery 930 North and South Road. The family suggest that memorial contributions be directed to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, N.Y., 10163-4777. Berger Memorial