John D. Tambolleo, formerly of South Harwich passed peacefully on June 16, 2012 at Golden Living Nursing Home in Plymouth, MA. He had been living in Carver, MA with his daughter and son-in-law after the death of his wife last November.
He was born in Worcester, MA on March 25, 1920. He served in the Army-Air Corp during WW II in Hawaii. He moved to South Chatham in the 1940’s and met and married the former Ruth E. Nickerson in 1949. In 1951 he and his wife moved to South Harwich, where they raised their family and lived for 60 years.
He worked as a carpenter, but loved umpiring baseball. He was a charter member of the Cape Cod Umpires Association and umpired in the Cape Cod League and area High School games for over thirty years. He also officiated high school and college football.
He was a communicant of Holy Trinity Church in West Harwich, an usher and a member of the Holy Name Society. In 2012 he was awarded the Marian Medal.
First and foremost, he loved his family. He was a dedicated husband and father. He loved sports, bowling and golf. He and his wife were members of Cranberry Valley Golf Course. They traveled to many places in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean.
John and Ruth were faithful volunteers at the Harwich Family Pantry for many, many years.
He is survived by his children Helen Harris (Douglas) of Carver, MA, John L. Tambolleo (Gayle) of Harwich, MA, and Melissa Tambolleo of Hyannis, MA. He leaves four grandchildren, Michael Harris (Michelle) of Plymouth, MA., Matthew Harris (Erin) of Plymouth, MA. Paul Tambolleo (Shannon) of Harwich, MA., and Leah Tambolleo Perez of Harwich, MA. He also leaves six great grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday June 20 from 4 – 7 pm at Morris, O’Connor & Blute Funeral Home, 678 Main Street, Harwich Center. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday June 21 at 11 am at Holy Trinity Church, Route 28, West Harwich. Burial with military honors will follow in Island Pond Cemetery, Harwich.
John’s family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory be made to the Harwich Family Pantry, Queen Anne Rd., Harwich, MA 02645