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212 E. Fourth Street
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Phone: (607) 535-4331
Gerald Tobey

Gerald F. Tobey

Friday, May 28th, 1937 - Monday, December 16th, 2019
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Gerald F. Tobey

Age 82, of Watkins Glen, passed away December 16, 2019.

The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Sunday (Dec. 22) from 1pm-4-pm; followed by a Memorial Service at 4:00pm at the funeral home; reception will be announced; private burial at Lakeview Cemetery.

He was born on May 28, 1937 son of Harry and Thelma Tobey; he attended school in Elmira and Watkins Glen, graduating in 1956. He worked as a teenager and his entire adult life at his father’s bakery. Tobe’s Bake Shop was started in 1952, with Jerry buying the business in 1973, moving it from its Franklin Street location to the corner of 4th and Decatur and retiring in 1998. He also established, owned and ran Tobey’s Bakery Elmira located first on 14th Street then Upper Lake Road in the mid 1960’s to early 1970’s. His son Jeff opened Tobey’s Donut Shop in 2016 in the same location.

Jerry served in the Naval Reserve Surface Division 3-62 from 1954-1962. He was a member of the BPOE Elks Lodge #1546 of Watkins Glen; Moose Lodge #426 Montour Falls, Montour Mechanics Club, American Legion Post #676 of Odessa, and the Seneca Lake Duck Hunters Club. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoying big game hunting in Wyoming and Colorado, but most of his time was spent making sure his business ran smoothly.

He was predeceased by his parents; brother Alan Tobey; sister-in-law Kay Wellman Tobey; nephew Justin Tobey; and companion Elizabeth Barrows.

He is survived by his three children, Jeffrey (Lorena) Tobey of Rock Stream, Kathy (David) Crans of Watkins Glen, and Kelly (Bryan) Bernal of Elmira; brother, James Tobey of Odessa; grandchildren, Jessica Crans of Nashville, TN, Sarah (Charlie) Scaptura of Watkins Glen, Amanda (John) Morrison of Durham, NC, Jamie Tobey of Rock Stream; Christopher Bernal of Elmira; Michael Bernal of Elmira; great-grandchildren, Hailey and Brady Morrison; Kade Westervelt; Maria Scaptura and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Those wishing may consider a memorial donation in his memory to Care First, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870 (or online at

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home
    212 E. Fourth Street
    WATKINS GLEN, NY 14891
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  • Service

    Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 | 4:00pm
    Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 4:00pm
    Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home
    212 E. Fourth Street
    WATKINS GLEN, NY 14891
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    A Reception Will Be Anoounced
  • Interment

    Lakeview Cemetery
    3782 State Route 14
    WATKINS GLEN, NY 14891
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Shirley Lee Ormsbee

Posted at 11:47am
Loved hearing stories my husband Bill told of growing up with Jerry, always hunting and fishing, Bill even worked in the bakery in high school. He was a good guy with a huge smile, my sympathy to all his family and a huge loss for Watkins Glen!

Father Claire

Posted at 12:33pm
I sure remember Tobey’s Back Shop. I have traveled the world and never found a hard roll that compares to those of their bakery. I remember the great customer service provide by the family to the whole community. Mrs. (Mabel) Hoare used to buy some of those rolls and serve the rolls at the school cafeteria. I often purchased the extra rolls at three cents each. What great eating and what fond memories.
I wish to extend my condolences to the entire family.

Jim & Jo’el Sheldon

Posted at 06:27pm
We were so shocked to hear the sad news about Jerry. We sure left me with many wonderful memories. He never met a stranger and treated everyone the same. We loved him and will always miss him very much.

Michael Cogsdill

Posted at 12:07am
I’m so sorry for your loss!

Bob Hanley

Posted at 10:09am
We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. So many great memories with Tobe for all of us.
Love you guys! Hanley, Lisa and Sam

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