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Darryl Vincent Tatum

December 12, 1961 to January 29, 2021

Somerville, MA

Darryl had a magnanimous personality.  His 2000-Watt smile drew people to him.  He was such a compassionate and giving man.  It was an honor and gift to be considered his friend.  He had the innate gift of making the most mundane tasks fun & magical.  He broke through many barriers and labels just by being his true authentic self.  Many of us who knew him considered Darryl to be a true champion of humanity because he cared.  Darryl will be greatly missed in many realms for many reasons. Darryl lived in the South End and Back Bay neighborhoods of Boston for the first 2/3 of his life.  He settled in Somerville for the remaining of his journey.  And in between he lived in Louisiana.

Darryl found his passion in music production and programming.  And did he have the voice for that.  He worked as a radio DJ on various radio stations around the country including WRBB.  He also worked as a radio engineer for the Christian Science Monitor and volunteered the South End Technology Center as well as an online instructor for an internet radio platform.  Darryl was all things music.

He is predeceased by his parents, Joan Olive Williams-Tatum, Johnny Vincent Tatum, his precious grandmother, Gladys Muriel Williams plus his two beloved canine companions, Mamou and Isley.

His many connections –too numerous to name– in the Boston, Cambridge & Somerville areas that knew Darryl during the last five years of his life knew he put on a valiant fight with kidney disease and navigating the imperfect healthcare systems.  He will be sorely missed by his immediate family, his sisters. Charlene & Cheryl Williams and his nephew Damian P. Hull-Williams as well as his close friends Joshua Carraha, Caliga, Ray Raynor, Ben Ewen-Campen and Eric Buck.

Contributions to a tributary memorial can be made:

There will be a Celebration of Life when gatherings are permitted.  Please contact: