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Ernest "Ernie" Tatro Jr, 60

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —  Ernest (Ernie) Ralph Tatro Jr, 60 of North Adams died Sunday March 31, 2024 at Williamstown Commons after a battle with Alzhiemer's. He passed surrounded by his loving family and good friends.

Ernie was born in North Adams on March 3, 1964 a son of the late Ernest Tatro Sr and Nancy (Darling) Alibozek. He graduated from Drury High school and was last employed by Hillcrest Commons where he worked for 22 years. He worked in many positions there including Director of Environmental. Ernie was an excellent painter, he was well known for other skills related to maintenance during his prime. Prior to working at Hillcrest Comons, Ernie held many Maintenance Management jobs including the former Orchards Hotel and Holiday Inn.

On November 9, 1990 he married the love of his life, Theresa (Terry) and together they shared 33 years of marriage. Ernie took on the role of step dad to Terry's son Josh without hesitation. Soon after they welcomed their daughter Gina and completed their family. Ernie was the definition of a family guy, his family was his world and he would do anything for them. You could often find him doing various school projects for his children, and in his later years fixing Gina's car or doing home and yard projects the kids would ask for.

If the weather was nice, you would find Ernie outside. His fourth love was his yard, if he wasn't mowing the lawn, he was in his garden, picking weeds, maintaining the pool or in his garage arranging his tools. He would always find something to do to keep him outside. In the winter he would anticipate the ice thickening so he and the family, including the dog, could go ice fishing with his siblings and friends.

He shared a love of fishing, during his free time he would be out on his boat with Josh or kayaking with his wife and family. Ernie also enjoyed gardening. What started out as a hobby with his father in law, Karl, he soon took it over when Karl was unable to maintain the garden any longer. Ernie prided himself on keeping the garden alive for Karl and worked hard every year to keep it going. He and Gina enjoyed cooking together and coming up with new things to try, canning sauce, making jam and coming up with fun cooking concoctions. He loved time with his wife and family, taking spur of the moment road trips for the weekend and beach trips brought him happiness.

Ernie leaves his wife, Terry (LaPine) Tatro of North Adams, his son Josh Sweet and his fiancée Kayla, daughter Gina Beverly and her husband Joey, and one grandson Theodore all of North Adams. He also leaves his siblings Todd Tatro (Donna) of North Adams, Wendy Laughlin (Rick) of Adams, nieces and nephews and many cousins and extended family and friends including Bob Witruk, his longtime caregiver. He was predeceased by his parents Ernest Tatro and Nancy (Darling) Alibozek.

FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral for Ernest Tatro will be Thursday April 4, 2024 at 1:00 PM at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA. Burial will follow in Southview Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are Thursday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in care of the funeral home. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit

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I am so sorry for your family’s loss. Ernie was one of the kindest, sweetest, hard working people I had the pleasure of working with. I worked with Ernie for several years at Hillcrest Commons, and we were so lucky to have him there. He was always so wonderful with the residents, he always went the extra mile just to make them smile. Heaven has truly gained at Angel.
from: Delores Duncanon: 04-08-2024

So sorry for your loss. Ernie was definitely one of the greatest men created.
from: Stephanie Cowdrey on: 04-04-2024

Terry so sorry for your loss. May good memories be with you all
from: Phil & Terry Vivorion: 04-04-2024

Terry and family - we’re so very sorry for your loss.
from: Gail & Paul Burda on: 04-04-2024

Terry, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you a big warm hug.
from: Bethon: 04-03-2024

Terry, Josh, Gina, and Joey, Sending you all hugs and wanting you to know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. I am so sorry to hear of Ernie’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
from: Kathy Gwozdzon: 04-03-2024

Terry and family I'm so sorry for your loss. I worked with Ernie at Hillcrest Commons. He always had a smile on his face and always talked about his family. May he rest in peace.
from: Robert Stumbaughon: 04-03-2024

Wendy and family sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with all of you.
from: Bet Azaron: 04-03-2024

Sending love and condolences at this time of great loss.
from: Pat Labendzon: 04-02-2024

So sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in all your precious memories during this difficult time.
from: Joni Dunnon: 04-02-2024

So very sorry for you all with the passing of a husband and Dad… he is now resting and will always be watching over his family~Sending love and prayers.
from: Cheryl Lefaveon: 04-02-2024

Terry, Al & I are soooo sorry to hear about Ernie. Please know you are all in our thoughts.
I am here if you need anything.
from: Laurie Wileson: 04-02-2024

Terry, Very sorry for your loss. Ernie was such a nice guy and didn’t deserve to be taken away too soon by this terrible disease. He had so much more to enjoy here. Rest in peace Ernie and send your family subtle signs that your love is still there.
from: Debbie Mendelon: 04-02-2024

So sorry for your loss
from: Mark choquetteon: 04-02-2024

Your all in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless
from: Vanessa Martelleon: 04-02-2024

Terry and family: I'm sorry we aren't able to attend his services. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May he rest in peace.
from: Thom and Mary Swifton: 04-02-2024

Donna: So very Sorry for your loss.
from: MaryEllen Morrisseyon: 04-02-2024

Please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences.
from: JOHN GIFFORDon: 04-02-2024

Terry, Wendy, Todd and families, So sorry for Ernie's loss. We are sending love and prayers to all of you. Hold on to the good memories.
from: Dave & Connie Yorkeon: 04-02-2024

My Sincere condolences go out to Terry, Josh and Gina and Family . So Sorry for your loss.My God be with you all during this difficult time
from: John Brownon: 04-01-2024

Terry so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and the entire family.
from: Bob Bettion: 04-01-2024

Sorry for everyone's loss he was an awesome man .So many memories of all of the family.. rip ernie
from: Beth Whitneyon: 04-01-2024

I remember when Ernie & Todd were my paperboys. They would walk up to the 2nd floor & put my paper on the kitchen table. That was totally their idea of good service. Before I had a snowblower, Ernie came over with his machine during an absolutely horrendous snow storm & saved the day. He will be missed by so many people.
from: Marilyn Lefevreon: 04-01-2024

Terry I'm very sorry for your loss . Sending you and your family my condolences ? ?? Ernie was a very good friend of mine in school I'm very sad for all of you ?
from: Deb Gardneron: 04-01-2024