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Thomas Coburn Atkins, Jr.

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On October 7, 2016 @ 2:10 pm In Obituaries | 8 Comments

Thomas Coburn Atkins, Jr., known to his family and friends as “Coby,” passed away on October 5, 2016 at his home in Lancaster after a long battle with cancer.

Born in Lancaster on August 14, 1953, he was the son of Thomas C. and Margaret B. “Peggy” Atkins and father of Christine M. McGaw and grandfather to Colin R. McGaw.

From Manheim Twp. High School, he entered the field of landscaping, working for Erb Bros., Inc., Princeton Nurseries, Evergreen Nurseries and Landscapes Unlimited.  He most recently worked for Manheim Twp. Parks and Recreation.

Coby’s lifelong passion was the sport of Pocket Billiards.  Opening the Diamond Billiard Room in 1993 was a dream come true.  There, he established a comfortable, safe place for pool players of all ages. Tournaments and special events at The Room often benefitted needy programs, with his spirit of helping others as he had been helped.  Founding the area’s Billiard Congress of America 8-ball League and their work in local fundraising for the Community Action Program’s Shelter for Abused Women with Children, the Homeless Women’s Shelter and Make a Wish were among his outreach programs along with guiding hundreds of local players toward National and State competitions.

On the 4 ½ x 9 Big Table, he was long regarded as one of the best Straight Pool players ever in Lancaster County, having won the Lancaster County Straight Pool Championship twice, having a personal best Hi-Run of 140 balls and having once run exactly 100 balls during a match.  In 2006 he won the Triple Crown of sorts for Lancaster County, winning Hi-Average in the Southern End League, the Thursday City League and the APA MVP.  Among pool players, he was called “Cobra.”

The outdoors, nature and animals were favorites along with watching baseball and football, playing cards and board games.  His devoted companion, “Rocky,” a Boxer mix, accompanied him on long daily walks and rides.  He spent many happy hours at the Elks Club and Riverside Club.

He is survived by his parents, Tom and Peggy, daughter, Christine, son-in-law, Phil McGaw and grandson, Colin.

During the last months of his life, Coby  often expressed his gratitude to “Team Cobra:” Dr. Jack Wright, Diana, Esther, Jessica, Libby, Nilda, Shelly and Veronica.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

In Coby’s memory, contributions may be sent to: Hospice & Community Care, 685 Good Drive., PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA  17604-4125.  Nature lovers may prefer to send donations to: Homestead Village Endowment Fund: Aviaries & Aquarium Project, Homestead Village, 1800 Village Circle, Lancaster, PA  17603


Condolences for the family of “Thomas Coburn Atkins, Jr.”

Condolence from “Fla.” Bob Maidhof on October 7th, 2016 10:42 pm

Go way back with Coby. He was the creator of The Tim Scruggs 9- Ball Tour many years ago which I got on board with as well as several other billiard rooms in our area. Today it still exists as the Mezz Tour, thanks to Coby. Coby did a wonderful job running this tour and during this time we developed a great friendship . Myself as well as many many others will miss Coby dearly. I know many that frequented his billiard room in Lancaster back in the day will also miss him as he brought billiards to Lancaster in a professional way. Cobys billiard room , Diamond Billiards, was a beautiful room. Many good things I could say about Coby but would take too long. Will miss Coby. One of our brothers in the billiard world.

Condolence from Diana Scholl on October 7th, 2016 11:26 pm

My prayers go out to Coby’so family. In taking care of him and Rocky the last few months we became good friends. I will very much miss him.

Condolence from Barry Wimer on October 7th, 2016 11:40 pm

I am so sorry for your loss, Coby was a dear friend and a great person in so many ways, I first met Coby when Diamond Billiards opened it was a great place to go and play pool and meet lots of new people. It seemed like it was my home away from home and all the people that came in to Diamond Billiards were like one big family. Coby was always there to help out any way he could whether it was to lend a hand to help us if we were going threw some tough times or just to sit and listen to our troubles, he was a great teacher of the game of pool and a kind, caring person. I will remember him always he was a very special person and will be missed by me and so many others. Rest in peace I will see you again some day my friend.

Condolence from Tina & Norman Warner on October 8th, 2016 8:59 pm

Words are never adequate in moments like these. I will say though that our hearts go out to family and friends of Coby. It was a privilege to have known Coby and an honor to have had the opportunity to have you come into our lives. May you rest in peace and look over each of us until we meet again. Fly high Coby.

Condolence from Robert Patterson on October 9th, 2016 4:42 pm

Tom and Peggy,

My deepest condolences on the loss of Coby. May God comfort you at this sad time.

Bob Patterson

Condolence from Lisa Binkley on October 10th, 2016 8:03 am

I am happy to have known him and am sorry for your loss. My bracket of absent friends grows ever larger but they are in good company. It’ll be a great tourney if Coby is involved.

Condolence from E. J. (class of ’53) on October 15th, 2016 9:32 pm

Peggy and Tom,
I will always feel sadness for your loss of Coby. Both of you and Coby secured a place in my heart many years ago.
Now sadness will be added to the memories. I am so very sorry.

Condolence from Williams Family on November 3rd, 2016 10:15 am

Condolences to the Atkins family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Psalms 147:3 says God, “heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds.” May God bring you comfort and peace.

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