John E. “Jack” Tatum, age 71, a resident of Ridly Park, PA died on April 10, 2023. He previously resided in West Chester, PA, Malvern, PA, Norwood, PA and Philadelphia, PA. He was the beloved husband of the late Eileen Tobias.
Born in Darby, PA, Jack was the son of the late Ellis Birch “Buck” Tatum and the late Lillian Collins Tatum. He graduated from Interboro High School.
Jack’s entire 30-year career was with Verizon, formerly Bell Atlantic and Bell of PA. He retired as Claims Investigator. In earlier years, he held the positions of Splicer, Lineman and Supervisor.
He loved riding his Moto Guzzi motorcycles. He was proud to volunteer his time with his favorites: “Guzzios”, “Mona” and “Evie” at The Butterfly Run in Malvern, PA and at other charitable events. He was an avid fan and supporter of the professional Philadelphia sports teams. He attended the Flyers Stanley Cup Celebration in 1974, the Phillies World Series Parade in 2008 and the Eagles Super Bowl Parade in 2018. He loved music, especially Rock n Roll and the Blues.
Jack was gifted with the ability to fix things; especially cars, motorcycles, boats, appliances and anything in his home that needed repair. He enjoyed cooking, food and wine and was a member of the American Wine Society. Additionally, he enjoyed touring Chincoteague Bay.
His greatest joy was spending time with his family and creating memories that his family will forever cherish.
He will be missed dearly but will remain in the hearts of those that he loved. Jack and Eileen for all eternity.
He is survived by his loving children and their spouses, John E. Jr. and Danielle Tatum, Sarah B. and Jerome Hill; grandchildren: Christopher, Scott and Evelyn; siblings: Joseph, Nancy, Susan, Steven, Jeff, David and Julie.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the graveside service at 11:00 AM on Thursday, April 20, 2023, Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, 1600 Sproul Road, Springfield, PA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to The University of Pennsylvania Hospice, 150 Monument Road, Suite 300, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 (https://www.pennmedicine.org/giving).