NEW BERN | John Frederick Tattersall, 86, of New Bern, NC passed away on August 29, 2014 at the Craven County Hospital.
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John was born in Pittsburgh, PA and lived for the next 57 years in Mt. Lebanon, PA. John was a proud 1945 graduate of Mt Lebanon High School. He enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University, after winning a Westinghouse Science Scholarship,and joined the school's Army ROTC program. John finished college in 3 years and graduated in the top 10% of his Chemical Engineering class in 1948.
John spent the next 4 years in the Army including 2 years of duty in Germany achieving the rank of Lieutenant. After completing his service, John worked for the U.S. government's Atomic Energy division where he helped design nuclear power plants including projects in Idaho and Savannah River, GA. He eventually relocated back to Pittsburgh and began a 25 year career at US Steel where he held various engineering and management positions retiring in 1983. He spent the next 10 years as a senior engineering consultant for the Dupont Company in Wilmington, DE. In 1998, John and Ann relocated to New Bern, NC.
John was married to Ann (Weisenberger) Tattersall for 56 years until her passing in 2013. John is survived by his four children: John (Laureen) of Clifton Park, NY; Tom (Karen) of Hockessin, DE; David (Shelly) of Landenberg, PA; and Amy of New Bern, NC and his 10 grandchildren: John Louis, Ashley, Alyssa, Holly, Heather, Hillary, Hannah, Justin, Colin, and Quinn. John also is survived by his sister Dorothy Salisbury of Lake Jackson, TX and numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Ruth (Stillwagen) Tattersall and his brother, William Tattersall.
John was an avid sports fan and especially loved the Mt Lebanon Blue Devils and the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates. He was an accomplished duplicate bridge player earning the Lifetime Masters designation during his retirement years. John and Ann loved to travel, especially on cruises. John loved to study history especially Civil War history and this passion for history led him to volunteer as a tour guide at the historic New Bern Academy. John enjoyed cross word puzzles and spending time with his family reminiscing about old memories, playing card games and listening to classical music.
Friends and relatives will be received on Friday September 5th during the hours of 2-4:30 p.m. at the Fairfield Harbour Community Center. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation be made to Carolina Chamber Music Festival, PO Box 1591, New Bern, NC 28563 (www.carolinachambermusic.org).
Condolences may be sent to the Tattersall family at www.cottenfuneralhome.com.
Published in Sun Journal on Sept. 3, 2014