Stephen Tobe

Obituary of Stephen Tobe

It is with profound sadness that Stephen's family announces his passing. Stephen was born in NOTL 76 years ago to the late John and Rose Tobe. He is predeceased by siblings, Estelle and Allan. He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Martha, sister Vicky Wright (Harvey) and numerous nieces and nephews. After Stephen graduated from McGill University with a PHD in Biology, he never looked back. A post doc fellowship at the University of Sussex led to scientific discoveries and lifelong personal and professional collaboration. Stephen was a professor at the University of Toronto in insect physiology for 35 years. His lab's research on cockroach hormones made him a world renowned scientist. Stephen also dabbled in administration and was associate dean for 4 years. He mentored colleagues and students in Asia where crustaceans replaced insects as a research tool. His passion for scientific involvement in different arenas lasted for a lifetime. Stephen lived between Thailand and Niagara after retirement. Beach walks, fiery Thai food, travel and international friends made for rewarding winters in Ban Kwai. Ham radio, wine, produce growing and family were the cherished highlights in Niagara. Stephen lived a rich and varied life and was a citizen and explorer of the world. He will remain a force in many lives forever. A celebration of his life will be held post Covid . Thank you to the Niagara palliative group for Stephen's fine care and to Dr. O'Kane and team at PMH. Online condolences may be shared at Memoriam donations can be made to the University of Toronto Library Fund c/o or 416-978-0811.
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