1943 - 2023
VisitationAugust 9, 2023
9 A.M. - 12 Noon
Dolan Funeral Home, 106 Middlesex St., N. Chelmsford
FuneralAugust 9, 2023
St. John the Evangelist Church, 115 Middlesex Street, N. Chelmsford
Kevin Jarlath Tanner, 79, died early Sunday, August 6, 2023 at his home surrounded by his family after a brief illness.
He was married to the love of his life Donna L. (Patenaude) Tanner with whom he celebrated their 33rd wedding Anniversary on April 14th.
Born in Boston, MA on December 2nd, 1943. He was the son of the late Randolph and Mauretta (McGuire) Tanner.
Kevin graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Brookline, MA. Kevin furthered his education at Boston University where he played basketball and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree, and then Southern Illinois University with a Master of Science in Education.
Kevin worked as a health educator and retired after 35 years from the Chelmsford public school system in 2002. Kevin’s passion and dedication as a Jr. High teacher has left an immense positive impact on his students. Kevin was actively involved in the community running many educational and charitable events.
Kevin’s hobbies included swimming at the YMCA in Nashua, playing tennis and skiing at Shawnee Peak and around the world. Kevin enjoyed vacationing in the Bahamas and Hawaii with family and friends. Kevin had a unique ability to light up a room with his Hawaiian shirts, his Donald Duck impressions and his quick-witted jokes to always make people smile.
Besides his loving wife Donna, Kevin is survived by his son Scott and his wife Julie Tanner of Londonderry, NH; his step son Robert and his wife Amy Sixt of Lynn, MA. His daughter Mauretta and her husband Jon Matta of Bedford, NH; his step daughter Diane and her husband Robert Vallance of Londonderry, NH. His mother-in-law Mary Ruth Patenaude of Hollis, NH. His brothers, David and his wife Mari Lou Tanner of Dennis, MA, James and his wife Sharon Tanner of Wellesley, MA. His sister Elaine and her husband John Hurd of Naples, FL and his sister-in-law Josephine Tanner of Weymouth, MA. Along with his six grandchildren, Brian and his wife Katie Mitchell, Ryan Tanner, Kurt Mitchell, MacKenzie Packard, Caitlin and her husband Matt McDonald, and Megan Packard; and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Thomas Tanner. Kevin positively touched the lives of so many people and will be missed.
Visiting hours Wednesday August 9, 2023 from 9:00AM to 12:30PM at The Dolan Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be held immediately after the visiting hours at 1:00PM at St. John the Evangelist Church. At Kevin’s explicit request in lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made in his name to St. Jude Hospital stjude.org/donate. At Kevin’s request guests please wear Hawaiian/island themed attire. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com.