Dr. John A. Tognazzi, 87, of 169 S. Main St. died Wed. Dec. 18 at home after an illness surrounded his loving family. His wife of 60 years, Jean M. (Clancy) Tognazzi passed away on Dec. 19, 2011. He is survived by his 5 sons: John S. Tognazzi and his wife Margaret of Uxbridge, Paul R. Tognazzi of Uxbridge, Robert R. Tognazzi of Uxbridge, Barry M. Tognazzi of Uxbridge, and Richard J. Tognazzi and his wife Kathi of Whitinsville; 3 daughters: Jeanmarie T. Atamian and her husband Elias of Worcester, Terse Evans and her husband Garth of Sammamish, WA and Maryann Tognazzi and her fianc Randy Poirier of Uxbridge; 10 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; a sister Betty Hennessy and her husband Gerry of Milford and several nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his son Peter J. Tognazzi who died Dec.13, 2009. Dr. Tognazzi was born in Milford on May 6, 1926. He was the son of John H. and Louise (Balconi) Tognazzi and had been a resident of Uxbridge for the past 48 years. A U.S. Navy WWII veteran, he served a s a Gunnery Officer aboard the U.S.S. Reno. He was a graduate of Milford High School, Class of 1943, Tufts University, and Tufts Medical School after deferment in the Navy. Dr. Tognazzi began his career in medicine as a surgeon for he New England Medical Center in Boston and Carney Hospital in Jamaica Plain. He also had a medical practice in Arlington and served as the physician for sports events held at the Boston Garden. Dr. Tognazzi was an active member of the medical staff of Milford Regional Medical Center from 1965 to 2003. In addition to maintaining a busy private practice in general surgery in Milford, he served in a number of important leadership roles at the hospital including Chairman of the Department of Surgery and President of the Medical Staff. A longtime resident of Uxbridge, he supported the development by the UMass Medical Center of the Tri-River Health Center and the collaboration of Milford and UMass to improve access to primary care services in the Blackstone Valley. According to Dr. William G. Muller, the hospitals Vice President of Medical Affairs, Dr. Tognazzi made a huge contribution to the development of Milford Regional into the outstanding institution it s oday. Dr. Tognazzi, a fellow of the American College President and President of Middlesex West District Medical Society. He was a member of the Thurber Medical Assoc. and was involved with the Greater Milford VNA. He also served on the Board of Directors at Home National Bank in Milford. He enjoyed gardening and flowers, music and travelling with his wife. He also enjoyed good food and spending time with his children and grandchildren. His funeral wil l be held Sat., Dec. 28 from Tancrell-Jackman Funeral Home, 35 Snowling Rd., Uxbridge with a Mass at 11:00 a.m. in St. Marys Church, 71 Mendo St. Burial will follow in St. Marys Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are Fri. Dec. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Sat. Dec. 28 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Alternatives Unlimited, 50 Douglas Rd., Whitinsville, MA 01588 or the Autism Resource Center of Central MA, 71 Sterling St, West Boylston, MA 01583. To leave a condolence message for the family, please visit www. jackmanfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Milford Daily News on Dec. 21, 2013