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Edward A. Tarratus Jr.

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TARRATUS Dr. Edward A. Tarratus Jr., 77, passed away Monday, February 2, 2009. Edward was born in Jacksonville, FL, May 7, 1931 to E. Arthur Tarratus, Sr. and Grace Jones Tarratus. Raised in the northside, in a hardworking, close-knit family pushing through the lean Great Depression years, Edward developed his encompassing concern for providing people with opportunities for betterment - his overarching sense of public service. Coupled with his passion for playing music, both classical and jazz, Edward lived his life in academia and the public arts. He began his career, after graduation from the University of Florida (B.AE., and M.Ed.), as a music teacher at P.K. Yonge School, in Gainesville. Subsequently he taught at Carson Newman College, The Ohio State University (from which he earned his PhD), Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA, Albany Junior College/Darton College in Albany, GA, and The Dublin Center in Dublin, GA. Even though he moved into the administrative side of academia, he never gave up his love for the classroom and continued teaching until retirement in 1994. He was a member of many honor societies, served on accreditation committees, and chaired several academic committees through the University System of Georgia. He especially loved the opportunities that community colleges afforded people for learning and career growth. He hosted radio programs of classical music, moderated TV programs of civic affairs, and was especially proud to serve as Chairman of the B.O.D, and to help organize the Christian Counseling Center in Albany, GA. Musically, he began by forming his own dance-band as a student at Andrew Jackson High School. His main instruments were oboe, bassoon, clarinet, and saxophone. He subsequently performed with the 101st Army Division Band, the Knoxville, TN, Colombus, OH, and Shreveport, LA Symphony Orchestras. He is Conductor Emeritus of The Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra, the Dublin (GA) Jazz Band, and the Recycles Orchestra (Jacksonville). He also found time to direct music at several churches and maintained private instruction for individual students. He loved music - from the standards of the American Songbook to modernist classical composers, from Glen Miller to Glen Gould, and brought that joy to all his music projects. Survivors include: his wife Vivian H. Tarratus; three children, Pamela Grace Fraticelli (husband Frank), E. Arthur Tarratus III, Penney Lynn Adair (husband Harry); grandchildren Jason Francisco Fraticelli, Sarah Grace Fraticelli, Chad Harrison Adair, and Stephen Aaron Adair; sister Mrs. Charlotte Depew (husband Bill). He is predeceased by granddaughter Hannah Camille Adair. Visitation will begin at 1:00 P.M., with a funeral service at 2:00 P.M., Friday, February 6, 2009, both in the sanctuary of Ortega Presbyterian Church, 4406 Longfellow St., Jacksonville, FL 32210. Graveside service will be at Evergreen Cemetery, 4535 Main St., Jacksonville, FL 32206 following services at the church. Pastor David L. Burke is the officiating minister, assisted by Roger Barr. Lee Turner will provide music. Pallbearers are Chad Adair, Stephen Adair, Roland Fagan, Jason Fraticelli, Andy McDaniel, Alex Schweizer, with Honorary Pallbearers Matthew McDaniel, and Zachary Schweizer. Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 729 South Edgewood Avenue, Jacksonville 904-388-2711 is serving the Tarratus Family. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Feb. 5, 2009
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