Thomas M. Tatem Jr.
Peninsula Funeral Home
11144 Warwick Boulevard
Newport News, VA
NEWPORT NEWS - Thomas M. Tatem, Jr., 74, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, March 18, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas, Sr. and Annie Mae Tatem. He leaves to cherish his memory, a sister, Shirley Hill; his wife of 52 years, Iris; along with three children, Christopher, Jeffrey, Tammy; and nine grandchildren. His accomplishments were many, from a Veteran in the U.S. Navy, to a career with the Newport News Fire Department, retiring as a Batallion Chief. He was an avid sailor, golfer, poet, home builder, rock and roll drummer, and a friend to all who knew him. He often said his bucket list was complete. Special thanks to Dr. Elizabeth Harding, Andrea and Leslie of Virginia Oncology. A service to honor his life will be held at Peninsula Funeral Home on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., officiated by Chaplain Marie Boyd with Newport News Fire Department Honors. The family will receive friends following the service until 4:30 p.m.
Published by Daily Press on Mar. 23, 2017.
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I grew up on Greenbriar Ave as the Tatem's Next door neighbor, Tommy and I were the same age so we became very good friends and generated many fine memories as we progress through school together. As we grew older we sorta drifted apart and I have not seen Tommy in over 50 years. It sounds like he grew to be a wonderful husband, father and fireman, you should be very very proud of him. My brother Jerry and I talked several times about stopping by the fire station to talk to Tommy. We have kicked ourselves ever since for not doing that. My thoughts and prayers are with Tommy's family and Shirley during this time.
Ron Rogers
March 26, 2017
My prayers go out to family,he was a great firefighter and officer and a wonderful person,he loved he's job and family and had a smile on he's face most of the time,enjoyed the time with him,he was one of great guys,
Lawrence Cooper
March 25, 2017
I loved Capt Tatem like a brother. Tom helped me as a firefighter and taught me how to sail the bay. He had his hands full trying to keep the crew working with him in line , but he always had their backs. Sail on Tommy and rest in peace. Mack & Donna McMahon
Mack McMahon
March 25, 2017
To the Tatems, I had the privledge to work for Tommy he is a great man and a true leader. The world is a sadder place without him. I morn the loss of my first Chief with all of you.

NNFD MFF Michel K Peterson
March 24, 2017
To Iris and Family,
So sorry to hear of Tommy's passing. He was a great person and will be missed by all. It has been many years since we had seen each other, but you have been in my thoughts and prayers.
Alease & Barry Seay
Alease Seay
March 24, 2017
Sorry for you loss.
Geoff Holman
March 24, 2017
Jeff, your friends at the CB&W club offer our condolences to you and your family during this time of loss. Our hearts and prayers are with all of you.
Geoffrey Holman
March 24, 2017
Iris, Tammy, Chris & the Entire family, The Void you all must be feeling without Tommy. I pray for Peace that you all know Tommy is at Peace now. My memories of him is his kindness & always welcoming Tom, The boys & I into his home. You guys Always made us feel so at home. Know that 1 day you will be with him again & there will be no more sickness, no more pain. Only Joy & Happiness. Love & Prayers
Ruth Harris
March 24, 2017
I Love You Dad!
Tammy Tatem
March 24, 2017
I'm sorry, I wasn't ever able to meet you again before you passed. I wish things were different. But, I love you grandpa. ❤
Victoria Tatem
March 23, 2017
Our thoughts and prayer to the family.I enjoyed working with Tommy at the fire departmentthere are many fond memories , A great guy to work with.
George Smith
March 23, 2017
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Chuck and Deanna Campbell
March 23, 2017
Sincere sympathy to the family and especially to my friend, Shirley Hill. RIP, Tom!
Joann George
March 23, 2017
I knew this man as "Jeffs dad" since I was 4 years old. As I got older and learned respect I called him Mr. Tatem. Mr. Tatem was a very accomplished, well respected man that raised 3 great kids. Rest in peace Mr. Tatem. God speed and calm waters..
Jon Delatte Sr
March 23, 2017
Cindy Pridemore
March 23, 2017
You are some of my oldest friends and I love you all dearly. Tom was awesome,in every way and will be missed. He has gained his wings
Cindy Chaffin-Pridemore
March 23, 2017
My deepest sympathies to the Tatem family. I worked with Chief Tatem for almost two decades. He was a Lieutenant when I entered the NNFD as a new recruit and Tommy's commitment to those placed in his care was never in question. Rest in peace my friend.
Scott Liebold
March 23, 2017
To my friend and fellow firefighter (TT) rest now. I will miss the times we had together at old #1 station.Playing Volley Ball out back of the station and going through the window to answer the phone in the alarm room. You playing your drums in the drill tower. To all the family God Bless. Ret Capt Ron & Sally Smith.
Ronnie Smith
March 23, 2017
God recieved a very special Angel.... may you run heaven like you ran your early life. Full of love, determination, compassion, and do it without pain! If their is a cigarette in heaven Iam sure you will find it! I will look out for your sweet Iris...The world is a better place for you having been in it! ... much love.. Chaplett
Chaplain Marie Boyd
March 23, 2017
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