Gene M. Tatham, 96, of Manchester, NH, died January 24, 2022, after a period of declining health.
Born in Plymouth, NH on July 14, 1925, he was the was of Leonard and Gladys (Smith) Tatham. He was raised in Ashland, attended grammar school in Holderness, and high school in Ashland.
During World War II, Gene served with the United States Navy throughout the Philippine Liberation with a mobile amphibious repair unit.
Gene attended Plymouth State College and graduated from Wentworth Institute, Boston, in 1950.
In his early years, he was employed with a building construction company in Concord. Later, he was employed with the State of New Hampshire Highway Department as a civil engineer. He retired in 1985 as Assistant Advanced Planning Engineer.
Gene held membership with the National AARP, where he served on the Manchester East Side Chapter for several years; the State of New Hampshire Retired Chapter No. 1; and was a Black and Gold member with Wentworth Institute.
Gene was an avid fly fisherman. He was a member of the Manchester Fly Fishing Association as well as various fly fishing organizations throughout New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. He also taught fly fishing with Local Trout Unlimited.
He had an interest in short wave radio and held an amateur radio license. Gene was a follower of local and national stock car racing. His hobbies included woodworking, photography, and traveling. Gene and his wife traveled the country in their R.V. visiting historical sites. They enjoyed spending time at their second home in Arlington, VT, located along the Battenkill River. He was loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him, as he left an indelible mark on every single life that he touched. Gene will be greatly missed and his memory held dear.
He was married fifty-three years to Pauline (Armstrong) Tatham. She died July 27, 2005. He was also pre-deceased by his daughter-in-law, Patricia Tatham.
Family members include his son, Steve Tatham of Manchester; two granddaughters, Heather McGrail and her husband, Colin, and Kimberly Mieczkowski and her husband, John; four great-grandchildren; and his devoted companion, Louise L. Upson of Manchester.
Services: Calling hours are Wednesday, February 2, 2022, from 5 to 7 PM at Connor-Healy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 537 Union Street, Manchester, NH.
Burial will take place in Blair Cemetery, Campton, NH.
Memorial donations may be made to the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire, 545 NH-101, Bedford, NH 03110.
For more information visit: www.connorhealy.com.
Published by Union Leader on Jan. 28, 2022.