Obituary of Thomas Joseph Hoban
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Thomas Joseph Hoban, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, godfather, educator, life-long, loving friend to many, and a genuinely sweet and generous man, died peacefully on July 8, 2020. Tom was born in Wilkes Barre, PA to Thomas and Celia Hoban (Healey) on June 12, 1936 and remained there through college where he attended King's College and was a standout on the basketball team. Tom moved to New Jersey to pursue a teaching career, which culminated in 35+ years as a Principal in the New Milford, NJ school system. Tom was a dedicated educator and coach and maintained relationships with many of his students throughout their adult lives and into his own retirement. Teaching is where he met the love of his life, Yvonne Creutzburg, "Chickie" to all who knew her. Tom and Chickie enjoyed 32 wonderful years of love and devotion until she passed in 1997. Not a day has gone by over the last 23 years where Tom didn't miss her presence in his life. Tom was a gifted athlete and enjoyed many years of tennis and golf with Chickie and their many friends. Tom is pre-deceased by his mother and father, two sisters, Mary and Kathleen, and his brother-in-law John Sponauer. Tom led a life of kindness and devotion that is a model for those that knew and survive him, especially his sons David and Tom, his daughter-"in-law" Kristen, his grandchildren, Megan, Katie and James, his niece and goddaughter Sheila Higgins (Sponauer) and her family, his nephew John Sponauer and his family and countless lifelong friends and extended family members. Tom would want everyone to smile and have a laugh when they think of him-he enjoyed life and the company of all who were part of his. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Tom's name to a charity of your choice-Ridgefield (CT) Founders Hall and Ridgefield (CT) Visiting Nurse Association are two that were meaningful to Tom.