William (Bill) T. Hobin, 78, of Warwick, formerly of Attleboro, Mass., passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 3. He was the loving companion of Mary Claire Lane for the past 20 years. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late John M. and Mary E. (Collins) Hobin.
He worked for The Providence Visitor (now The R.I. Catholic), and The Providence Journal. He loved writing and composing children’s stories and songs, and is best known for his “Blinker” the bunny. He was the host of the television show “Curtain Call” out of Attleboro, MA, from 2001 to 2013.
He was the beloved father of seven children: Lori (Kenneth) Silvestri, William Hobin, Stephen Hobin, Paul Hobin, Dawn (George) Botelho, Kara Sabourin, and Brian Hobin; nine grandchildren: Brea (Keith) Hutchinson, Harley and Hannah Hobin, Corey Hobin, Mason and Maura Botelho, Paris, Perry and Payton Sabourin; and two great grandchildren: Trey and Avery Hutchinson. He leaves three brothers: James (Barbara) Hobin, Raymond Hobin, and Robert (Maureen) Hobin. He was the brother of the late Mary Goodman, Claire Deery, John Hobin, Dorothy Murphy, and Kathryn Dannemann.
The funeral is Saturday, May 10, at 9 a.m. from the Hill Funeral Home, 822 Main St., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Gregory the Great Church, Cowesett Road, Warwick. Burial will be in St. Ann’s Cemetery, Cranston. Calling hours are Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.