Louis "Louie" Tarabelli

  • Died: September 25, 2017
  • Location: Needham, Massachusetts

Eaton Funeral Home

1351 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02492

Tel. (781) 444-0201

Tribute & Message From The Family

Louis (Louie) Tarabelli of Needham, passed away September 25, 2017 at the age of 89. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 58 years, MaryAnn (DeRoma) Tarabelli.
Loving father of Lisa Tarabelli and her husband James Lee of Norwood and Laura Tarabelli of Needham. Loving grandfather of Aidan and Miranda Lee. Also survived by many nieces, nephews.
As a devoted family man, Louie's life centered around his wife and children. He tirelessly devoted his time to every aspect of his daughters' lives and took an active participation in their interests and activities, be it educational, cultural, social, or athletic. His greatest gift in this context was his desire to enrich their lives by providing the opportunity to travel, and he stopped at nothing to ensure this.
To know Louie was to know he lived with authenticity to his strongly held beliefs and principles, which were inextricable to his personality. He fought against social injustice, was a proponent of civil disobedience, and believed in the ultimate principle that all living things should be free and equal. A few examples of his courageous acts that expressed these principles was taking the unpopular stance as a conscientious objector during the Korean War, taking part in a humanitarian protest in Moscow that would allow his close friend's son in law to emigrate from what was then the USSR to live with his wife in the U.S., and perhaps his most heroic act of all, was his refusal to infringe upon his dogs' freedom by leashing them in accordance with Needham by laws. Louie had the heart of a giant, was generous beyond compare, kept his house open to any and all, and never denied any request made to him by those he loved. A forward thinking and progressive minded man, Louie defied the convention of his time, not just socially or politically, but professionally as well. As a talented and intuitive builder, he possessed a Taoist vision towards the space, form and structure in his craftsmanship. He embraced the philosophy of Frank Lloyd Wright, who believed that buildings should adapt to their environment rather than the other way around, even incorporating the natural setting into the structure whenever possible. It's not surprising that Louie naturally approached his profession this way, because it was a reflection of his identity as a whole. His innovative style and natural talent earned him great respect among some of Boston's most notable intellectuals, building homes for Cambridge authors Justin Kaplan and Anne Bernays, MIT professor Dr Amar Bose, founder of the Bose Corporation, The Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, as well as the Sonnabend families' personal residences, and the conversion of Lewis Wharf from a waterfront warehouse to luxury condos, just to name a few. The two houses he built and raised his family in on Sunnyside Road where a source of tremendous pride and was a setting for many parties, holidays, and entertaining.
Louie was a great cook, lover of all foods – especially Italian. He was best known for leaving his house open, never locking a door and It was quite common for him to come home to someone already sitting in his kitchen eating his sauce and meatballs or putting their request in for his food as if he were a caterer. He hosted more meals than can be counted and enjoyed every opportunity to spark up his indoor kitchen fireplace with charcoal to grill his specialties. His generosity and ability to make people feel welcome created the atmosphere for a continually revolving door of people. He loved to travel, garden, experience new things, and take others along for the ride with him. The consummate practical joker, an irreverent trouble maker, a loyal and lovable rebel, Louie touched everyone he met with his indefatigable presence.
Honoring Louie's wishes rather than a wake or service, a memorial luncheon will be held at The Needham Sheraton, 100 Cabot St Needham, MA 02494 on Mon October 9th at 1:00 pm.
Relatives and friends are kindly welcome to share memories.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Louie's name to the American Diabetes Association. PO Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215or online at www.diabetes.org.