Beverly — William Charles Tannebring Jr. DMD, 95, died peacefully in the company of his family on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the Harborlight House in Beverly, Mass.
Born in Beverly on August 9, 1918, he was the son of William Charles Sr. and Adeline (Derbyshire) Tannebring. He was predeceased by his wife of nearly 62 years, Marian L (Meyer) Tannebring, who died January 30, 2006. Bill graduated from Beverly High School in 1936, Hebron Academy in 1937, attended Bowdoin College, and graduated from Tufts Dental School in 1941.
Bill met the love of his life, Marian, while both were stationed at the Naval Station Great Lakes Illinois, where he was an Officer in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps. They were married on August 9, 1944, and started their family while still stationed at Great Lakes. Bill and Marian moved to Beverly, their home of over 60 years, where Bill practiced dentistry alongside his father; uncle, Chester; and later, his son, Jeff. He remained active in the Naval Reserves until retirement.
Bill leaves one sister, Barbara Sheehan of Beverly; four children and their spouses, Pamela and Chris Polloni of North Falmouth, Mass., Paula and Dana Bianca of Yaphank, N.Y., Jeffrey and Janet Tannebring of Wenham, Mass., and Brad and Debbie Tannebring of Beverly; nine grandchildren, Jeffrey and Aimee Bianca, Jonathan and Benjamin Polloni, Rachel and Rebecca Tannebring, and Sarah, Emily and Hannah Tannebring; and six great-grandchildren, Ella, Josh, Rachel, Zain, Annika, and Phoebe; cousins, Robert Tannebring of Beverly, and Rebecca Kling of Connecticut; nieces and nephews, Kathy Smith and Andrew Sheehan, and their families, Holly Martin,Timothy Bigelow and Andrew Bigelow.
Bill was beloved by his family, friends, patients, and members of his community in Beverly and summer community on Hupper Island, Maine. He enjoyed camping, gardening, and growing Bonsai, woodworking, sailing, and spending time with his family. He was an actively engaged member of the Second Congregational Church for over 60 years, and was a long-standing member of the Beverly Historical Society and Beverly Artist’s Guild.