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METHUEN- Roland M. Tardugno, age 94, of Methuen passed away on December 28, 2017.
Roland was born in Lawrence on October 16,1923 to the late Antonio and Teresa (Ruggierio) Tardugno. Roly was the youngest of nine. He had seven brothers and 1 sister. Roland's father Antonio passed away in 1937 and his mother Teresa passed in 1963. He captained his football team at Lawrence High School and he along with his brothers were later voted into the Lawrence High School Hall of Fame.
Roly joined the Army and served in five different campaigns, including the Battle of Normandy during WWII. After leaving the Army, he married his beautiful high school sweetheart Clarice Pinto. They were married for 64 years and had six children, five boys and one girl. His family grew even more, welcoming 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, many loving daughters-in-law, and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
He worked as a meat cutter his entire career. Roly worked for Swift, Butcher Boy, Meat Land and retired from DeMoulas. He loved playing golf with his buddies at Merrimack Country Club, gardening his hydrangeas and sitting on his swing with a glass of wine waiving to his neighbors as they passed by.
Roly was the most honest man we have ever met and was the simplest man. If the sun was shining, he was very content and happy. We hope you will get the same idea of the man we called DAD!.
Friends and guests are invited to call on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home, 233 Lawrence St., Methuen. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place immediately following calling hours, beginning at 11 a.m. at St. Monica's Parish, 212 Lawrence St. Methuen. Interment to follow at Elmwood Cemetery of Methuen. In lieu of flowers, Roly's wishes were to pay it forward to a senior in need. For directions and online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website, www.pollardfuneralhome.com. The Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home is honored to serve the Tardugno Family.
Published on January 4, 2018
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