James Robert Tamburrino

November 26, 1941September 1, 2013
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Mr. James “Jim” R. Tamburrino, 71, of Marietta, GA passed away September 1, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Margaret Tamburrino. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Linda Marlow Tamburrino and sons, Michael S. Tamburrino of Lilburn, GA, Paul R. Tamburrino and his wife, Cristina, of Miami, FL, and Bobby Tamburrino of Kennesaw, GA, two grandsons, Matthew Tamburrino and Conner Tamburrino, two sisters and several nieces and nephews.

Jim was born in Chicago, IL on November 26, 1941. At an early age, his family moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. After his graduation from St. Thomas Aquinas High School, he went to the University of Florida where he studied computer design and earned his Electrical Engineering bachelor’s degree. After college, Jim took a job with Southern Bell and worked his way to several managerial positions throughout his career. He spent four years at AT&T in New York and came back to Atlanta in 1977 to work at Southern Bell, later called BellSouth, and was the Senior Manager of Systems Support in the Purchasing Department before taking an early retirement package in 1989. After his retirement, he began working as a computer programmer and also conducted training sessions, presented seminars and co-authored books on programming. He was a lead programmer for Exxon during the Valdez oil spill cleanup in 1989 and lived in Alaska for many months during that time. He continued working from home doing programming for a client as late as a month before his illness.

He was very easy going and loved to take cruises with his wife and family. He always tried to schedule the cruise around his wedding anniversary so that he and Linda could celebrate on the ship. The last cruise he took was for their 40th anniversary and his sons Mike and Bobby joined them. He said it was one of the best cruises he had taken in a long time and was thrilled to have his sons with him and Linda to celebrate their anniversary.

He was a Eagle Scout and introduced his sons to the scouting program where he was Cubmaster for their packs and worked with the Boy Scout troop. He also became a District Director for the Scouts and helped with the program in the area. He earned many awards for his work in Scouting, including his Wood Badge.

After moving back to Atlanta and settling in Chimney Springs subdivision, Jim became involved in the homeowners association and served on the Board of Directors, once as Chairman of the Board. He also wrote a database program so the secretary could input the residents’ information. He then wrote a program to convert the database for a phone book, which he and his wife created for Chimney Springs for many years, and set his wife up with the computer hardware and software needed to create the monthly newsletter for many years.

Any goal he set for himself, he took the measures to achieve them and always had the latest gadgets. As a child he would take electronics apart to see how they were made and then re-build them. He loved to build electronic kits and built a color TV, pinball machines, and several other items. He would rather make it himself than buy it. When he and Linda got into camping, he bought an over-the-road bus and converted it into a camper in his backyard in New Jersey. He took a mechanics class to learn how to work on the bus and did all of the electrical, plumbing, woodwork, laminating, etc. to make the bus a comfortable “home away from Home.”

Although his favorite phrase at Christmastime was “Bah Humbug,” Jim enjoyed decorating the outside of the house. He would always try to come up with something a little different each year so that it wouldn’t look like the previous year. He created bases to put a lighted plastic Santa and two lighted reindeer on the roof and have them be upright, he built a large wreath from chicken wire, garland and lights, and he designed and built a 30 foot Christmas tree that had old CDs as the ornaments, as well as many other creative decorations. Of course, they all worked with a timer so that he never had to worry about turning them on and off. He enjoyed watching the cars slow down in front of the house to look at his decorations and the neighbors’ houses, and he was especially pleased when a note was left in the mailbox letting him know how much his lights were enjoyed. Above all else, Jim made sure his wife was taken care of and was an extremely devoted husband.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of H.M. Patterson & Son Canton Hill. The family will receive friends on Friday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Jim to the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements under the direction of H.M. Patterson & Son Canton Hill. Online condolences may be expressed at


  • Visitation Friday, September 6, 2013
  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 7, 2013

James Robert Tamburrino

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Shelley Williamson

September 30, 2014

It is now the anniversary of Jim Tamburrino's passing. I will always remember him as a great boss, taking great personal interest in my professional development and offering an open hand of friendship to visit the Tamburrino home in Marietta. My best to Linda and famil,

Dick Biggs

September 8, 2013

Hi, Linda. I was out of town when I heard the news about Jim. So sorry to hear about him passing away. You're in my thoughts and prayers. We missed you at the 50 reunion. God bless!

September 8, 2013

So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed the high school reunion work and photos Jim did, keeping everybody in touch. Mike and Theresa McNeal, Pompano Beach, Fla.

Paulette munn

September 5, 2013

Paul and family Your Dad seemed like an amazing man husband and father! Now I see where you get your presence from as you are so good at so many things! Please accept my sincere sympathy and concern for you and your family. Please try to keep his memory alive by always sharing the things he loved doing and keeping them alive. Whether it lighting candles or merely preparing his favorite foods they all make you seem closer as the years go by
In deepest sympathy Paulette Munn Camden SC

Lois (LeDuc) Carter

September 5, 2013

Dear Linda and Family, My deepest sympathy to you in the loss of Jim. Jim was a wonderful high school classmate. He was a big contributor of info for our reunions. May his soul rest in God's peace. May God comfort you. Lois LeDuc Carter

September 5, 2013

Dear Linda and Family,
You and Jim and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Jim was a wonderful classmate. God Bless.
Sandy Sharpe

September 5, 2013

Mr. Tamburrino was my second boss when I worked at Southern Bell. He gave me a chance in General Trade Products when I needed to change my career path. He and Linda invited my husband and me to their home, where staffers enjoyed delicious refreshments. Later in the evening, my husband broke into several songs with his guitar. All seemed to enjoy the "mini-concert" and this will always be a special memory from that get-together.

I am now working again in the tower building and I think of Mr. Tamburrino, as well as others who have made an imprint on my professional life, but no longer maintain a presence in the building.

We send our highest prayers of peace and comfort to the Tamburrino family as they endure the loss of a husband, father, grandfather and a very accomplished man.

Shelley & Jim Williamson
Commerce, Georgia

Danielle Todd

September 5, 2013

Dear Linda and family, I am deeply saddened by the death of Jim. You are in my thoughts and my prayers.

September 5, 2013

I would like to express my deepest condolences to Linda,to Jim's children and all the members of the Tamburrino family.
Jim and I were good friends in high school;we grew up in the same community of Wilton Manors.He was a good and decent man. He was someone who at a young age had a clear vision of what he wanted to accomplish in life and looking at a lifetime of achiements there is no doubt that he met all of his goals.
I will always remember Jim with the fondest of memories and the greatest of respect.

Don MacMartin, Montreal, Quebec

James Dunn

September 5, 2013

Hey Jim. Any man who has had a loving wife and family; a productive and meaniingful life has lived life to its' fullest. You met these test with grace and class. Rest in Peace and we will look after Linda until you are reunited. With love, Jim Dunn & family.