In Memory


John Tatum

John Tatum, age 55, died on Thursday, August 25 2011 from complications of a massive heart attack that he had suffered the day previously.  

Please keep John and his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.  

A funeral mass will be held August 29, 2011, 10 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Ft. Lauderdale.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made in John's name to the American Heart Association , PO Box 840692 Dallas, Texas 75284-0692.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Barbara Falowski Funeral & Cremation Services,

John's obituary can be found here on the Sun-Sentinal news website.

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08/27/11 07:50 AM #1    

Judith Summers

I'll plan to be there...who will join me on Monday, 10 am @ Saint Anthony's?


08/29/11 08:29 AM #2    

Edward V. (Aka; Ned) Doyle

Truly wish I could be there for John's Mass. As I commented in the Sun Sentinal Guest book, "Too many miles were between us", but when I could (only a few times) I made it down from Coral Springs to John's house in Plantation to sing while John practiced and rehearsed. I remember singing the lyrics to Tull - The Teacher.

John, you were The Teacher... whether certified or not, you taught us all to smile, laugh, to appreciate friends and be honest in that friendship. Although more miles and time have gotten between us all...

I'll always have fond memories of you John. In the confusion and angst of my highschool years, you listened and could always bring me back to a good place, a happy time... always.

Your memories will be with me always. Who knows, maybe I'll get another chance to jam in Dream City.  Thanks John!   Sincerely, Ned Doyle 

08/29/11 10:20 PM #3    

Judith Summers

It was a beautiful ceremony for John. Thank you Tom and Siria for your parts. You brought our hearts together in harmony with John's strong drumming in the background. He will be dearly missed by all. It was wonderful to see all who attended. I'll try to list everyone I remembered from our class. Please add anyone I forgot: Sr. John Norton, Kim Paucek (Haley), John Moriarty, Linda Besterda (Carter), Diane Perera (Farbstein), Arthur Pollio and wife, Paul Wareham , Jerilyn Moroney (Ewton), many others not in our class including Leo Hansen. I also saw Bill Meenan and his Mother. (they were good friends of John's...I grew up with the Meenan family)

Lots of friends who made music together were there.

The beautiful mass was said by a relative of the Tatum family. Mrs Tatum, John's mother was delighted to see many of John's friends in attendance, along with family. Tom, John's brother, gave an endearing eulogy. Siria arranged a beautiful reception (what a spread) in the infamous club room of St. Anthony's school after the mass.

Kim was kind enough to lend me a hankerchief. when I returned it, she asked me if I was sure I didn't need it anymore. At which point I burst into laughter and then sweet tears for our dear classmate, John.


04/14/12 09:58 AM #4    

Charles Vermorel

John, many of us will always remember you for your sense of humor and very gifted talent on the drums.  Jeff F., Jeff Y. Ted G. and I all had the pleasure of playing a lot of music events with you. I always quote the Commodores song when one of our music buddies goes up to the next level so I close with, "There will be some more sweet sounds coming down on the night shift."  Jeff Y. and Ted G. are already rockin' with you.  Enjoy and God Bless!

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