Edward Tanner

Edward A. "Sonny" Tanner

Saturday, April 13th, 2019
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Edward A. “ Sonny” Tanner, 83, of Bristol, passed away Saturday April 13, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Manor in Bristol, surrounded by his family.

He was the husband of the late Nancy (Alger) Tanner.

He was born in Warren, son of the late Milton and Eva (Mello) Tanner.

Ed was an Auto Mechanic and Service Manager for Bristol County Dodge, for many years.
Sonny was a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and the RI National Guard.
A Bristol resident since 1964, coming from Warren. He was a member of the St. James Lutheran Church in Barrington.
Ed enjoyed spending time with family at his property in Vermont, where he built his cabin. Mr. and Mrs. Tanner enjoyed square dancing, camping and travelling. He liked woodworking and was a “Mr. Fix It”.

He is survived by his children Linda & Frank Borges of Riverside, Robert & Pamela Tanner of Swansea, MA and Edward & Elizabeth Tanner of Bristol.

Mr. Tanner was the brother of Bruce & Joanne Tanner of Riverside, Clark & Judy Tanner of Tiverton.
He was the grandfather of 7, and the great grandfather of 3 and he is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Mr. Tanner’s Calling hours on Wednesday April 17, 2019 from 4-8 pm, in the SMITH FUNERAL and MEMORIAL SERVICES, 8 Schoolhouse Road, Warren, with a Celebration of his life service at 7:30 pm in the funeral home.
Burial will be private.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    April 17, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    April 17, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Smith Funeral, Memorial and Cremation Services
    8 Schoolhouse Road
    Warren, Rhode Island 02885
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    April 17, 2019 | 7:30pm
    April 17, 2019 7:30pm
    Smith Funeral, Memorial and Cremation Services
    8 Schoolhouse Road
    Warren, Rhode Island 02885
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Bill & Teresa Alger

Posted at 05:58pm
We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief.
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Ana Isabel dos Reis-Couto

Posted at 02:16pm
Dear Linda and family: my sincere condolences. There are no words that I can share that can ease the pain in your hearts, but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this so very difficult time.

Ana Isabel dos Reis-Couto

Christine Kent

Posted at 01:25pm
Director Tanner,
I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your dear father-in-law, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. God's blessings.

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Posted at 11:56am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Posted at 11:53am
Liz, thinking of you and your family. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
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