Edward Louis Tazioli|
A TAVOLA NON
SI INVECCHIA MAI
Edward Louis Tazioli was born in Seattle on July 29, 1923, to Amelia Pellegrini and Leonildo "Louie" Tazioli. Flanked by older brother Leonard and younger brother Richard, Ed grew up in the Mount Baker neighborhood of Seattle. The Tazioli household was the hub of activity for extended family, close friends and many others in the Italian-American community. The love of family and home was an enduring value throughout his life.
Ed attended Franklin High School where he was a clutch player on the varsity basketball team. After graduating in 1941, he went to work for The Boeing Company as a machinist for two years before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1943. During the war, Ed served as a Quartermaster on the USS Corregidor, seeing battle in Guam, Saipan, Tarawa, the Marshall Islands, and Guadalcanal. He earned three medals for his service.
After the war, Ed was offered the chance to play college basketball on scholarship in southern California. But Ed longed for his home. Upon returning to Seattle, he attended the University of Washington before going to work as a draftsman for Mahlum & Nordfors, a Seattle architecture firm. Later, Ed became a draftsman and inspector for the Seattle School District where he spent the bulk of his career.
Ed was set up on a blind date with Betty Louise Vieweg in 1950. She captured his heart and became his wife in January 1952. Ed and Betty had two daughters - Pamela Rae and Alisa. Ed's family was the apple of his eye. He took fierce pride in providing a loving and happy home for his wife and daughters. He patched skinned knees, supported every Girl Scout cookie sale, attended every school music performance, paid a lot of tuition, offered guidance and support when the going got tough and celebrated victories large and small.
Ed cherished his family, which not only included his wife and daughters, but a host of aunts, uncles, cousins - and in-laws and friends, who quickly became family, as far as Ed was concerned. Camping, clam digging, crabbing, mushroom foraging, fishing, and swimming, were all enjoyed with family and friends. At home, he tended to his vegetable garden and kept a well-manicured lawn. The pleasures of the garden, kitchen and table were taught to Ed early in life. He could linger at the dining room table for hours savoring every bite and the spirited conversation. Ed and Betty's house regularly brimmed with activity during the many Sunday night family dinners they hosted over the years. One of Ed's great skills was his ability to offer the perfectly worded toast. Whether in celebration or remembrance, he was a man of well-chosen sentiments, spoken deliberately and always punctuated by tender emotion.
Ed lived a long and full life. He treasured each moment, and embraced every person who crossed his path. A strong man with a gentle heart, he was widely loved and admired and will be long remembered and celebrated by his family and friends. Edward Louis Tazioli died May 25, 2014, at his home in Seattle, with his wife, daughters, and son-in-law at his side. He was 90 years old.
Ed is survived by his wife, Betty Tazioli, and his two daughters, Pamela Rae Tazioli and Alisa Tazioli; Pam's husband Tim Culver; his niece, Lynette Tazioli Hedden, his nephews Terry, Jeff, Gary and Greg Tazioli; and numerous cousins, including Angela Owens, Brent Pellegrini, Toni Lucey, Gino Pieretti, Richard Pellegrini, and Geri Ripp.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, his niece Kai Tazioli Leamer and many other beloved family members.
Ed and his family are grateful to his physicians and friends, Dr. Christopher Smith and Dr. R. Jeffrey Westcott, whose skill and humor helped Ed lead a long and vital life. The family is blessed to have had the care and compassion of Evergreen Health and Hospice, Horizon Home Care and Betty Anderson. All of them helped Ed during the last chapter of his life as he transitioned to everlasting peace.
A celebration of Ed's life will be held on June 26 at 6 p.m. at the University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture.
Memorial remembrances may be made to the Medic One Foundation, 325 Ninth Ave., MS359747, Seattle, WA 98104.
An on-line guest book is available at www.Washelli.com.
Published in The Seattle Times on June 15, 2014