Pierson “Pete” Curtis Tator, 98, of Harding Township and formerly of Summit, New Jersey, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, October 02, 2016.
He was born on November 25, 1917 in Summit, NJ. and was the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Arthur E. and Beatrice (nee Granger) Tator.
Pierson was a graduate of Summit High School and Newark Academy. He then went on to graduate from Yale University in 1941 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Pete retired as an executive with the Home Insurance Company after working over forty years in the insurance industry. He was an avid golfer and greatly enjoyed traveling in the U.S., Europe and Australia.
He was predeceased by his first wife of 40 years, Frances Madge Tator , who he met while serving in WWII and married in England in 1944. He is also predeceased by his second wife of over 20 years, Dorothy “Dottie” Cousins-Tator, and married in Bermuda.
He is survived by his son, David Tator (Adrienne), daughter, Christine (Tator) Gentuso (Steve Sutherland), and daughter, Gwen (Tator) Reedy (Gary), his grandchildren; Kevin, Heather Lee, Jonathan, Andrew, Brennan, Andre, Michaela and 11 great-grandchildren: Samuel, Elena, Charlie, Corbin, Dior, Sawyer, Talula, Piper, Madison, Christopher, and Adam. He is also survived by his step-daughters; Susan Breen (Gary) and Allyson O’Connor (Pete).
A visitation will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Bradley, Brough & Dangler, 299 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901. A funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 7, 2016 in the funeral home. Interment will follow at Fair Mount Cemetery, Chatham, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to Wounded Warrior Project, PO BOX 758516, Topeka, KS 66675.
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