Larry J. Tata

Born: Tue., Nov. 24, 1931
Died: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Oct. 14, 2018
Location: Silas F. Richardson & Son, Inc.

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Mon., Oct. 15, 2018
Location: St. Anna Church

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LEOMINSER----Larry Tata, 86, of Leominster, passed away peacefully Thursday evening surrounded by his family after a brief illness.

Larry was the son of Giacomo and Vittoria (Celli) Tata and was predeceased by his loving wife, Marion (Nisula) Tata, and son-in-law Michael Catalfano.

Family was Larry’s main priority and leaves behind five children, Sharon Campbell and her husband Dale of Florida, Karen Brause and her husband Tom of Leominster, Stephanie Catalfano of Westford, Jack Tata and his wife Denice of West Boylston and Larry Tata and his wife Amy of Leominster. He also leaves behind thirteen grandchildren, Marion Dietz, Rabecca Moisan, Joseph Mehtala, Michael Mehtala, Benjamin Brause, Tommie Calisti, Adam Brause, Michael Catalfano Jr., Cayla Barnett, Lainie Fallon, Olivia Tata, Andrea Tata, Alec Tata and eighteen great-grandchildren, the youngest, Cristina due in November.

A devout Catholic, Larry was a lifelong parishioner of St. Anna’s Parish, serving in various capacities, beginning as an altar boy and until his recent illness, an usher.

His professional career began as a physical education teacher in the Lancaster Public School system, eventually retiring as principal of Lancaster Middle School. He was a Fourth Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus serving as Grand Knight from 1965-1966.

Larry was a passionate and very skilled bocce player. Some of his favorite times were on the bocce court at the Foggia Club as well as Friday night card games. An avid reader, Larry spent many hours a day with a book in his hand. Puzzle making was another pastime he enjoyed.

From a young man playing sports, to coaching his own children and then actively “watching” his grandchildren from the sidelines, Larry always appreciated a little competition.

Larry leaves behind many friends, nieces, nephews and godchildren, and will be missed by his sister, Mary Blanchette of Leominster. He was predeceased by his siblings, Pam Franciosi, Angelo Tata, Antonetta Marini and Domenic Tata.

A natural born teacher, Larry led by example. Over the course of his dedicated career he positively impacted many lives in and out of the classroom. Many of which, he remained in contact with, meeting annually to reminisce about his years as an educator and friend. He will be dearly missed by many.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, October 15, 2018 from the Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West Street, Leominster with a mass at 11 am in St. Anna’s Parish, 194 Lancaster Street, Leominster. Burial will be in St. Leo’s Cemetery, Leominster. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 5-8 pm in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Crohns and Colitis Foundation, 72 River Park St. Suite #202 Needham, MA 02494.

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Jamie & Johnna Amico
   Posted Fri October 12, 2018
To the Tata Family,
Larry Sr. was a great role model in my life, and I always considered him and Marion my second parents while growing up. They treated me like their own, and held me to their standards. I very much appreciated that, and looked up to Larry as a great man and role model. He provided me with my first opportunity to teach while still in school, and authorized a Student Teaching semester at Lancaster Middle School. I will be forever grateful to both he and Marion for being a positive influence in my life. May they both rest in peace, and God bless their entire family at this difficult time.

Elaine (Ashe) Melinski
   Posted Sat October 13, 2018
Mr. Tata was such an influence on this hick vermonter when she moved to the "city" (Lancaster).
I still think fondly of him whenever i hear a cha cha song.

Connie Whalen
   Posted Sat October 13, 2018
Mr. Tata was my principle in the 8th grade. He was such a wonderful and kind man. Loved by all! My thoughts and prayers to his family.

Patti Gledhill Hall
   Posted Sat October 13, 2018
To the Tata family,

I am sorry for your loss of one of the greatest men I have ever met. Mr. Tata was my principal, and mentor, in the Lancaster Public Schools for many years. He was always gentle and kind, never holding one student or another to a different standard. He would greet the kids at the door, saying good morning, and knew everyone's name. I will remember him as I reminisce about all my childhood memories and more.

Nicole Pare
   Posted Sat October 13, 2018
Growing up in a big family was great. Having Uncle Larry and Aunt Marion around the corner was a big part of my childhood. After we lost Aunt Marion, Uncle Larry became a frequent visitor to my mother and I was so lucky to be able to visit with him so often. Our conversations seemed to rotate between history, baseball and extended family dynamics. I learned a lot from and about him in the last 5 years. My heart is sad, but it is also full for having been part of Larry's life. To my cousins, I wish you all peace and healing. Your father was a good man. <3

Marge and Charlie Wilson
   Posted Sat October 13, 2018
To Jack and the Tata Family --

I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much Larry meant to you guys. It showed in the way you all took care of him after Marion passed. When he and I would talk, he constantly "bragged" (he made it sound like complaining) about how his kids and grandchildren were all over him and he simply had to comply with all the fuss over him.

Larry was the only father I ever knew. He invited me into his family in 1982 and always treated me with love and respect. I often think of him when I parent my children. I loved him very much and I will miss our conversations and visits.

He became a friend later in life. We laughed and cried together too many times to count. He got more emotional after Marion. I used to visit him at the house and sit in the kitchen that I ate countless Italian meals in. It was so much smaller than I remembered. I always brought 2 beers with me and he never turned me down. I drank mine and I think he maybe drank an ounce - but pretended to drink the whole thing.

I will miss my friend. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

charles wilson
   Posted Sat October 13, 2018

White Sympathy was sent by Marge and Charlie Wilson.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We're so sorry for your loss.

Gail & Jerry Callahan
   Posted Sat October 13, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with Larry's family. He was a wonderful man who valued family and friends. May he rest in peace.

Gale DeRouin Guiler
   Posted Sat October 13, 2018
Sincere condolences to Mr. Tate's family. He was my middle school Principal in the 60's. Soft spoken but you knew he was in charge. He used to play softball at lunchtime with the boys and the girls all wanted to hold his jacket while he played. He came to our dances and was a wonderful dancer. Of course once again the girls all wanted to dance with him. Very fond memories of a wonderful man

Robert Sarao
   Posted Sat October 13, 2018
I can not express my feelings of sadness to hear this news... From the days at the Columbo Hall to having him as my teammate in the Rome Bocce Tourney to just seeing him at the courts, he was ALWAYS the best anyone could possibly be. I could never thank you enough for all the good times and laughter we have had. God Bless you Larry. The world will never be the same...

Angela Rignanese
   Posted Sun October 14, 2018
With a heavy heart and many tears I share your sadness as we remember Uncle Larry. There are so many wonderful moments I remember-his kind uplifting words, big hugs and genuine smiles..truly a remarkable man. There was always laughter around a huge family kitchen table and a revolving door where all were welcome into Uncle Larry and Aunt Marion's home. They exhibited what it means to have a true love of family, friends and neighbors. Wishing you comfort and peace and know you are surrounded by prayers and much love.

MaryAnn Baron
   Posted Sun October 14, 2018
Stephanie and family,
Please accept our deepest and most sincerest sympathies to you and your family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers!

MaryAnn and Rene Baron

Jini Nilsson-Henderson
   Posted Tue October 16, 2018
How sad I was to read of Mr. Tata's passing. A gentleman and a good friend to my dad. Will be keeping you all in my prayers in the difficult days ahead.

David W. Bartlett
   Posted Wed October 17, 2018
To The Tata Family,

I am very sorry to learn of the passing of your Father. Now he will join your Mother.

Your Father was a great guy and taught us alot during my years in Lancaster Public School System. He was involved with the students, classes, parents and with our sports programs and other school activities.


I bumped into your Father this summer at a restaurant in Leominster, while I was home visiting my family and he knew us by name and we spoke for a bite.

May God Bless him and be with each of you during this very difficult time.

Most Sincerely,
Lancaster Junior High School
Class of 1966

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