Remembering Ret Somerville Police Captain James Tatosky


Our condolences to the family of James Tatosky who sadly pasted away this past weekend.

James Tatosky enlisted in the United States Navy when he was 16 and fought in the Battle of the Atlantic against the German navy – 22 of 33 ships and the soldiers aboard didn’t survive the battle but Tatosky made it back.

From 1949 to 1981 Tatosky worked in the Somerville Police Department, instituting the first motorcycle and k-9 units in the city.

He was an internationally known martial arts instructor – respected by students as sensei – and he’s competed in tournaments with top fighters such as Lee and Norris.

Somerville Police Captain James Tatosky will be sadly missed!

4 thoughts on “Remembering Ret Somerville Police Captain James Tatosky”

  1. What a wonderful man and a true American hero. Pound for pound, as tough as any Somerville Police Officer in my memory. I truly loved and respected the man.

  2. I studied with Sensei Tatosky years ago. He was a great man who will be missed. My friend Mike (a former student) and I took Jim to dinner and drinks a few years ago, It was a great night with many great stories!

    선생님, 최고의 소원과 하나님 너와 함께 있을!

  3. Sensei you will be missed. I am glad I was able to spend some time with you after the St. Patricks day race.

    I hope you are in a better place.

    San-Dan Alexander Ilyinskii

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