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.