Lawrence Tobiason

Lawrence F. Tobiason

Wednesday, September 16th, 1936 - Friday, June 12th, 2020
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Tobiason, Lawrence F. of Westford, formerly of Winchester, passed away on June 12, 2020. Born in Boston on September 16, 1936, Larry was the fourth of five sons of Hans and Tyra E. (Fransman) Tobiason. He grew up in Arlington, graduating from Arlington High School in 1954. He earned his Associate’s degree from Northeastern University in 1965.

From a young age, Larry was interested in understanding how things worked. As a teen, he learned the carpentry trade and worked as a general contractor in the family business, H. Tobiason Builders, alongside his father and brothers, Karl and Ed. Over the years, they built many homes, schools and churches in the Berkshires and in the Boston area. In the 1990s, Larry founded L. Tobiason Associates and took on large construction projects in Columbus, OH and Los Angeles, CA. After his retirement, Larry’s greatest joy, beyond spending time with family and friends, was starting multiple projects in his woodworking shop or at his beloved family cottage in Hollis, NH.

Larry was always up for any type of adventure. He often said, “When you’re out, stay out,” and that spirit led to numerous spontaneous outings across New England, from midnight runs to L.L. Bean, to clams on the North Shore, or dropping in on family and friends. He treasured connections with family both nearby and in his parents’ native Finland and Sweden. He enjoyed traveling there, but also loved hosting family reunions in Hollis.

Larry’s interests and curiosity led him to unusual hobbies such as working on the 4th of July fireworks display over the Esplanade in Boston, participating in cannon-shooting competitions with friends, maple sugaring, learning how to make Windsor chairs, building mason bee houses, and fashioning contraptions to solve all manner of problems. He could fix pretty much anything.

Larry was always very involved in community activities and enjoyed making connections with people. He was recently recognized for his 50 as a mason. In Winchester, he was a member of the Jaycees, a founding member of Winchester Town Day, and a Town Meeting member. He also worked on the Finance Committee and Permanent Building Committee. He enjoyed the Boston Symphony Orchestra with dear friends for decades. When he and Barbara moved to Westford, he became involved in several committees at the Village of Stone Ridge, a community that they both treasured throughout their later years.

Larry was predeceased by his wife Barbara A. (Griffin) Tobiason. He is survived by his three daughters, Jennifer Martin and her husband Brad of Plymouth, MN, Sarah Bjorkman and her husband Magnus of Arlington, and Jessica Tobiason and her husband Josh Bluestein of Westford. Larry was a much beloved Morfar to Andrew, Ben & Thomas Martin and Tobias & Jacob Bluestein. In addition, he leaves his brothers Karl of Contoocook, NH, Dick and wife Mary Jane of Bend, OR, and Ed and wife Beverly of Englewood, FL and sister-in-law, Annie of Corona del Mar, CA. He was predeceased by his brother Ken. He is also survived by a niece and six nephews and many cousins in the U.S., Canada, Sweden, and Finland.

Due to the current COVID conditions, burial will be private. A memorial and celebration of a life well lived will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 75 Cold Spring Road, Westford, MA 01886 or Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via

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Nancy Sharpe

Posted at 03:05pm
Larry was a friendly and thoughtful guy. When he found out I was part Swede, he periodically brought me lingonberry jam, Swedish pancake mix, etc... And he seemed always to be upbeat, joking and smiling even when he was ill. He and Barbara are sorely missed in our village. My sincere condolences to their wonderful family.
Nancy Sharpe, Village of Stone Ridge

Bruce A. Reilly

Posted at 10:45am
Having just celebrated my 84th, I remember Larry always reminded me he was younger. We graduated from Arlington High together and shared wonderful years, Larry and I drove identical 1948 Dodge automobiles and parked fender to fender in the parking lot forcing one of us to exit the car by the passenger door! Larry and I both went to work right after our school day and compared notes in the homework assignments! He was usually serious in demeanor but what a great sense of humor that would light up his smile from ear to ear. He will be missed.

Bruce Reilly

Frank Bashore

Posted at 03:11pm
Larry was one our dearest friends. We spent several dinners out with both him and Barbara and then after with just Larry. He was an active member of our Property Committee and we all relied on him to give us direction and advice, as well as jump in and do the work when needed. He will be sorely missed by everyone here and surely by Louise and myself. We shared many stories and good time together. We hope he now has peace and rest with his beloved Barbara.
Frank Bashore and Louise O'Donnell

Sophie Treon

Posted at 12:17pm
Larry was the kindest person you could ever meet, so full of love, light, and positive energy. I will miss you dearly sweet Larry. Thank you for being such a wonderful person and enriching all of our lives. May you Rest In Peace. ❤️🙏

Philippe Kelty

Posted at 05:40am
I had the good fortune to work with Larry , Karl and Ed for many years. Larry had a formidable knowledge and talent to oversee the building of extraordinary things. He was passionate and driven to excellence. He was able to bring a level of artisanry to those who had the opportunity to work with him to as close to perfection as possible. I am grateful for the crossing of our life paths. Thank you, Larry, for the things I learned and have shaped my life in so many positve ways.

Philippe Kelty

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