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ALBURGH / SWANTON - Harland R. Tatro, 87, a lifelong resident of the Alburgh community, passed away on Monday, May 15, 2006, in the Northwestern Medical Center Emergency Room in St. Albans City.

Born in Alburgh on Dec. 28, 1918, he was the son of the late Merton and Mabel (Blair) Tatro. He attended schools in Alburgh and Burlington High School and on July 21, 1945, married the former Elsie Stump, who predeceased him on March 3, 2001. In addition to his parents, Harland was predeceased by a brother, Clive.

Harland served his country in the United States Army during World War II, 32nd Field Artillery 1st Infantry Division and his tour included Normandy, Northern France and in the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign. He received a Bronze Star from the 1st Infantry Division and American Defense Service Medal. He worked several years for P. J. Medor, Inc (formerly S. J. Campbell) before starting what is now known as the Alburgh Auction House. He was involved with auctioneering for nearly 50 years. He was very involved in the local community, including Town Moderator, Tax Collector, Constable and in Real Estate. He was a Life Time member of VFW in Morrisville, Post 9653, Society of the First Infantry Division, American Legion, Creller - Landon Post 60 and held numerous offices within Post 60.

Harland is survived by three sons, Terry Tatro and his wife, Kathy, Ralph Tatro and Timothy Tatro; three grandchildren, Leigh-Anne, Joshua and Kayla Tatro, all of Alburgh; a sister, Valerie Jarvis of Alburgh; and three sisters-in-law, Athalie Tatro of Alburgh, Violet Batz and Annabelle Stump both of Reading, Pa.; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He also leaves many very special and dear friends.

He will be remembered for his humor, wisdom and as “one of a kind” type of individual. Harland will be missed by all who knew him.
Memorial Service will be held Saturday, May 20, 2006, at 2 p.m. from the Kidder Memorial Home on 89 Grand Ave., Swanton. Father Maurice U. Boucher, SSE will officiate. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Gifts in Harland’s memory may be made to the Alburgh Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue, 4 Firehouse Road, Alburgh, Vt. 05440; or to a charity of one’s choice.

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