Francis X. Tagan

1928 ∼ 2020

Francis X. Tagan

Francis X. Tagan of Harwichport, formerly of Melrose, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at the age of 91. 

Frank was born in Brighton, MA on December 5, 1928, son of the late Charles S. Tagan Sr. and Florence (Darrow) Tagan.  He was raised in Brighton, along with his seven brothers and sisters, Charles Tagan, William Tagan, June (Tagan) Cutcomb, Jackie Tagan, Carol (Tagan) Forsythe, Ann (Tagan) Gillis, Paula (Tagan) Mayer, all deceased. As the patriarch of the family he would make comments about out lasting them all.  Frank loved spending time with his devoted wife Lenore (Koch) Tagan, who took care of him for many years.

Frank was a veteran and served in World War II and then reenlisted for the Korean War. After he returned home Frank built the successful and iconic Highland Television located on Main Street in Melrose which operated for over 50 years.  Frank was an entrepreneur and opened and ran a gift shop, mail order house, and a dive shop.

Frank enjoyed time raising his family in Melrose.  He would spend hours designing and pruning the pool area in the back yard getting ready for the thousands of barbeques with his dog Sesame.  Frank taught many of his grandchildren how to swim back there and play badminton.  So many memories will be cherished by all.  Frank enjoyed astronomy, biking, hiking, scuba diving, making stained glass pictures, playing the organ, antiquing and walking the beaches of Cape Cod.

Frank is survived by his loving wife Lenore of 21 years, his three children Geraldine (Tagan) Bertucelli of Danvers, Tom Tagan and wife Susan, of Melrose and Dorene (Tagan) Dupuis of North Hampton, NH; his three step-children, Jennifer (Koch) Lutz and husband William of Dennis, Carter Koch and wife Shelley of Millis, and Christopher Koch with wife Heather of , CA. He leaves behind 15 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by the mother of his children Helen R. Tagan of Melrose. 

Visiting hours will be held from 4-6 PM, Friday, February 7, 2020 in the Morris, O’Connor & Blute Funeral Home, 678 Main Street in Harwich.  A church service will be held at St. David’s Episcopal Church in So. Yarmouth at 11 AM on Saturday, February 8, 2020 with burial following at the Island Pond Cemetery in Harwich, MA.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the .

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Friday, February 7, 2020
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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Saturday, February 8, 2020 | 11:00 AM

St. David’s Episcopal Church
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Francis X. Tagan

1928 ∼ 2020

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