Tassos Filledes of Natick passed away on Dec. 25 at the age of 91. He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Florence (Parker). He was the loving father of Chris Moretti and her husband, Tom, of Plymouth, and Bonnie Landry and her late husband, Mark, of Hopkinton, as well as his son, Peter Filledes of San Diego, and daughter-in-law, Carol Filledes, also of San Diego. He also leaves his grandchildren, Derek Moretti, Jill O’Connell, Matthew Moretti, and Brian and Keith Landry, and a great-granddaughter, Anna Moretti. He was the brother of Ercie Berwick of Illinois. He also is survived by many nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.
Tass was born and raised in Natick in 1929 to Peter and Efthelia Filledes. He attended Natick schools, graduated from Northeastern University, and received his master’s degree from Framingham State College. Tass began his teaching in the towns of North Brookfield, Stoughton and Natick, where he not only taught anatomy and physiology but was the Natick High School junior varsity basketball coach. His teaching career culminated in him becoming principal of Medfield High School for 17 years before he retired from education in 1991. He then went on to become an assistant director of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, from which he retired in 2004.
Tass served with the Massachusetts Army National Guard for 27 years, retiring with the rank of major. He was the armor officer and the executive officer of the 1/110th Armor Battalion. He also was a member of the Natick School Committee, Natick Town Meeting and Keefe Tech School Committee. In 2000 Tass was honored by being placed on the Natick High School Wall of Achievement.
Visiting hours will be held in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home (4 Park St., Natick) on Tuesday, Dec. 29, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., followed by a funeral home service at 1 p.m. Services will be streamed live on the John Everett & Sons Facebook page. Services will conclude with burial at Dell Park Cemetery, Natick.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making memorial donations to the Tassos Filledes Scholarship Fund FBO Medfield High School, c/o Middlesex Savings Bank, 6 Main St., Natick, MA 01760.