The family of Robert and Ruth Tatro sadly announce their passing - our Mom on November 14, 2021 and our Dad on November 14, 2023. Both passed peacefully with family at their sides.
Mom was born in St. Albans, Vermont on March 21, 1934 to Robert and Clara (Cadreact) Smith and Dad was born in Sheldon, Vermont on October 4, 1935 to Harold and Alice (Tevyaw) Tatro. They met at a Sadie Hawkins dance and had their first date two days later when they shared a soda at Alexander's on Main St. in St. Albans. They were just 14 and 15 years old at the time. Dad said he knew then that Mom was the woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. And he was right - the two of them were inseparable throughout the 71 years they were together.
They were married in 1955 and had five sons over the next seven years - Bart, Robert, Jr., Brad, Rick and Tom. At that time, Dad was a brakeman working at the Central Vermont Railroad while Mom was busy raising five boys at home.
Dad had a number of jobs throughout his career including selling life insurance and managing several non-profit employment agencies for those unable to find work or who faced challenges in their lives. He set an example for his staff by being prompt, organized and sharing credit for the success of his organizations.
After her sons were in school, Mom went to work in the printing press and dental fields providing administrative support. She was praised for her professionalism, accuracy and outstanding customer service.
By 2002, they were retired and enjoying themselves by their swimming pool, taking trips to the Atlantic Ocean in Wells Beach, Maine, attending UVM basketball and hockey games and constantly welcoming and hosting family at their home.
Dad was instrumental in caring for Mom during her last two years which allowed her to pass in the comfort of their home. He lived independently after she was gone while missing her greatly. He passed exactly two years to the day that she did. They are now together forever.
They are survived by their five sons and daughters-in-law, Bart & Bev, Bob and Sue, Brad and Carol, Rick and Donna and Tom and Jackie. They are also survived by 11 grandchildren who affectionately knew them as Grammie and Grampie and 16 great-children to whom they were known as Poppy and Gigi.
They were pre-deceased by their parents, two brothers, a sister, their grandson Andy and a number of good friends.
Per their request, there will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will celebrated on Thursday, November 30, 2023, at 11 AM at Holy Angels Church on Lake St. in St. Albans followed by a private burial for the family at Mount Calvary Cemetery.