Mark Tate Sr.
February 6, 1938 – August 3, 2018
Mark Tate, 80, passed away in Tampa on August 3, 2018. Mark was born in Clymer, PA to the children of Italian immigrants, Albert and Mary (Longo) Tate. He grew up in New Castle, PA with his four brothers and two sisters, with whom he stayed close his entire life. Mark married his high school sweetheart, Betty (Augustine) Tate, and over their 59 years of marriage they oversaw and nurtured their large and loving family. A football scholarship enabled Mark to attend and graduate from Michigan State University. Mark then served as a First Lieutenant tank commander in the US Army in Munich, Germany. With two partners, he formed and built East Manufacturing Corporation into a national industry leader over a 45 year business career. For fun he loved to spend time with his family and friends, watch Gator sports, play cards, bust chops, and drive fast. As a 55 year-old drag racer Mark won the “Fastest Street Car in America” drag race championship in 1993. Over the years Mark’s music tastes evolved from Peter Frampton and Bob Seger to Mick Jagger to Garth Brooks. Mark was generous to those in need. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, father figure and friend to many, and he will never be forgotten by those who know him. Many will say he changed their lives for the better. Mark is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Mary Tate; brothers, Albert R. Tate Jr and Donald (Bucky) Tate; and granddaughter, Alexis Nicole Tate. Mark is survived by his wife Betty Tate; sons, Mark (Jeanne) Tate, Jr; Russell (Laura) Tate, Thomas (Cynthia) Tate, David (Julie) Tate and Steven (Gina) Tate; 16 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; brothers, Salvatore (Barb) and Dave (Sandy) Tate; sisters, Susanne Sciacchitano and Mary Lou Downing; sister-in-laws, Barbara Tate and Dian Tate; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation will be held at Blount and Curry MacDill, 605 S. MacDill Ave, Tampa on Wednesday August 8, 2018, from 6pm to 8:30pm, with a scripture service beginning at 8:30pm. A funeral service will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 509 N Florida Ave, Tampa at 10am on Thursday August 9, 2018. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to one of Mark’s favorite charities, the Sancta Clara Monastery in Canton, Ohio http://www.poorclares.org/monastery/ .
- Mark is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Mary Tate; brothers, Albert R. Tate Jr and Donald (Bucky) Tate; and granddaughter, Alexis Nicole Tate. Mark is survived by his wife Betty Tate; sons, Mark (Jeanne) Tate, Jr; Russell (Laura) Tate, Thomas (Cynthia) Tate, David (Julie) Tate and Steven (Gina) Tate; 16 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; brothers, Salvatore (Barb) and Dave (Sandy) Tate; sisters, Susanne Sciacchitano and Mary Lou Downing; sister-in-laws, Barbara Tate and Dian Tate; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
- Sancta Clara Monastery
- Visitation Wednesday, August 8, 2018
- Funeral Service Thursday, August 9, 2018
Mark Tate Sr.
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August 8, 2018
Sending my deepest sympathy to the entire Tate family. I enjoyed working with Mark at EAST Manufacturing for over 40 years. I learned much from Mark about raising sons. I looked forward to hearing his stories about racing and his “need for speed” including snowmobiles, Corvettes, and drag racing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
August 8, 2018
My condolences to Mark's family. I lost touch with Al, Bucky and Salvi during the Korean war but the notice of his death brought back memories of my association with the three big brothers and the little kid who frequently appeared at athletic events in New Castle. I knew that Mark would do great things even then. Take comfort in the thought that Mark is in a better place now and that you will see him again.
Ne-Ca-Hi class of 1949
Tierra Verde, FL
August 7, 2018
It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to a man that was like a second Father to me. Mr. Tate had such an influence in my life and career that it's hard to imagine not seeing or talking with him again.
Working with Mark for 13 years was always an adventure! "Patience" and repeating "Between 1 and 5" were part of my daily vocabulary when communicating with him. Mark's customers loved him! Rather they were there to purchase a fleet or by a used trailer he treated them all the same. He knew no strangers and was beyond kind and humble to all who knew him!
My deepest sympathy's to your beautiful wife Betty who I too love ! To the family that you adored! I'm blessed to have known all of you and to have shared in your lives over the years.
I will miss you dearly my Friend! Until we meet again, Godspeed.....
August 6, 2018
I was first introduced to Mark 29 yrs. ago through his Beautiful wife Betty. My first thought was... what’s a beautiful refined lady see in this man! He’s gruff and has no filter. It did not take long and I grew to love and respect him. He treated me like family along with my two daughters, especially Lindsay since she was the youngest and around more. She would beg to go visit Mark & Betty even though Mark would always bite her ear. He alway engaged her in conversation and asked about her grades. He encouraged her to be and do her best, so much for gruff❤️ His love for his family showed in everything Mark did! The song that comes to mind when I think of Mark is Frank Sinatra’s, I Did It My Way🥂and he did. Mark’s Legacy will live on❤️
August 6, 2018
Cousin Mark was such a wonderful man. I was so blessed to have been able to spend time with him and the family at the reunion last year. He was so inspirational, generous, loving, funny,and one tough cookie. His family is a wonderful example of just how amazing this man was.
Cousin Mark I will miss you and see you once again, but until then have one heck of a party celebrating with all that have gone before you in heaven. Xoxo
August 6, 2018
he was one of my best friends in life. he always lived on the edge his whole life. what a competitor in everything he did. he will surely be missed.Prayers to you brother.