Dr. Patricia Louise Capone Tamagini

October 28th, 2017

Dr. Patricia Louise Capone Tamagini passed away Thursday, October 26, 2017, at the age of 78, following a ten year battle with metastatic lung cancer. She passed away peacefully at 3pm, surrounded by her family.

She was born January 11, 1939, in Wakefield, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of the late Florence Marie Capone and Louis Capone, and sister to the late Paula Marie Capone. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother who cherished her family and friends. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, James Earl Tamagini, Sr. and her children: James Earl Tamagini Jr., Lisa-Anne Tamagini, Lora Tamagini, and Patricia Tamagini-Dayhoff. She is also survived by her four grandchildren: Kyera Evalyn Tamagini, Anthony James Tamagini, Richard James Sanchez, and Michael Joseph Sanchez, as well as her in-laws Richard Sanchez, Douglas Dayhoff, and Lisa Reynolds. She was also mother-in-law of the late Michelle Tamagini.

Dr. Tamagini grew up in Wakefield and graduated from Our Lady of Nazareth Academy in 1956. She went on to receive Bachelor of Music Education and Vocal Performance, a Masters of Operatic and Vocal Performance, a Masters of Music Education and Supervision, as we as, a Masters of Opera and Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory of Music. She also received a Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University and a Ph.D in Educational Aministration form LaSalle University. Additionally, she earned an Advanced Certification in Theology from Catholic University, a Certificate in Opera and Choral Conducting from the Tanglewood Music Festival, Advanced Certificate in Drama from Emerson College, and an Advanced Catechetical Certification form the Archdiocese of Boston.

For many years Dr. Tamagini worked as a professional opera singer singing for the New England Opera Theater under Boris Goldovsky, Mozart Opera festival, Puccini Opera Festival, Boston Opera under Sarah Caldwell, Montreal Opera Company, and has recorded with RCA Records and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

After having four children Dr. Tamagini went on to pursue a teaching career starting in Malden Public Schools. She then became the director of Choral Music at Medford High School, Master Teacher at Bel-canto Vocal Arts Studio, and a Graduate Student Mentor at Lesley University, University of Lowell Music School, and New England Conservatory of Music. In 1980, she returned to her alma mater, Our Lady of Nazareth Academy in Wakefield, MA., eventually becoming the Chairperson of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts until the school’s closing in 2009.

After Our Lady of Nazareth Academy closed, a group of parents, community members, and Dr. Tamagini opened the new Nazareth Academy, an all girls high school in Wakefield, MA. Dr. Tamagini served as the Director of School from 2009-2011.

In addition to singing and teaching, Dr. Tamagini has been a tour consultant for E.F. Tours and World Cultural Tours, leading concert tours throughout North America and Europe. She steered European concert tours with choirs from Our Lady of Nazareth Academy in 1996, 1999, 2008, and Nazareth Academy in 2011, where her choirs gave concerts throughout Italy including private audiences with Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.

Dr. Tamagini also received numerous professional honors including, Massachusetts Music Educator 45 Year Service Award, Massachusetts Drama Guild Service Award, Opera Singers of America Outstanding Performer Award, Archdiocese of Boston Service and Commitment to Ministry Award, Town of Wakefield Board of Selectman Outstanding Teacher Award, Official Citation of Recognition from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Senate, Recognition from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives for Outstanding Service to Education, and the Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Outstanding Teacher Award.

Additionally, Dr. Tamagini has been published and featured in numerous publications including, American Music Teacher, Music Editor’s Journal, Catholic Educator, Opera News, Eastman School of Music Journal, Westminster Choir Journal, and the Music and Fine Arts Administrator and Chorale Conductors of America.

In 2007 Dr. Tamagini was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer. Dr. Tamagini had a lobectomy, and decided to be part of experimental research through the Thoracic Cancer Center at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. Her oncology team, led by Dr. Rebecca Heist, managed her cancer through diligent screenings, and experimental and approved chemotherapy treatments that proved life-saving for a decade. Over the past several months Dr. Tamagini’s body stopped responding to treatment, and she agreed after passing on to allow her organs and tissue to be studied, so as to help the cancer research team further understand why her cancer rapidly metastasized. The researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have voiced their appreciation as researching Dr. Tamagini’s organs and tissues will provide them with invaluable information that will possibly save others’ lives. Before her passing, when
making this important decision Dr. Tamagini said, “I believe God is using me as his instrument to help others.”

In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Patricia Louise Capone Tamagini may be made to the Mass General Hospital Cancer Center to support lung cancer research. Checks should be made out to “Massachusetts General Hospital” with “in memory of Patricia Louise Capone Tamagini ” in the memo line. We will note internally that this is to support lung cancer research. Checks should be mailed to Massachusetts General Hospital c/o Development Office, Attn: Carrie Powers, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1310, Boston, MA 02114. Gifts online may be made at This link will take donor’s right to the online form. At the bottom of the form, donors will have the ability to designate the gift in memory of Patricia Tamagini in the “Tribute Information” section.

Relatives and friends are invited to honor and celebrate Patricia’s life at her wake on All Saints Day, Wednesday, November 1st at Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Route 62) Wilmington, MA, from 1-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Her funeral is on All Souls Day, Thursday, November 2nd at Saint Agnes Church 186 Woburn St. Reading, MA at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Saint Patrick’s Cemetery in Stoneham, MA.


10 Entries in Guest Book for “Dr. Patricia Louise Capone Tamagini”

  1. Mike Champoux says:

    To the Tamagini family, Doreen and I, with our Children, offer our sincere sympathies over your loss and joyful prayers that she now rests in the comforting hands of our Lord. I also extend the condolences on behalf of the Champoux family of Wakefield. We were the beneficiaries of Mrs. Tamagini’s musical guidance and leadership for years at St Joseph’s church and Choir.
    Mike & Doreen Champoux & family

  2. Nancy Mugford Stagliano says:

    My sincerest condolences to the Tamagini family. Mrs. Tamagini’s beautiful voice soared throughout Sacred Heart Church in Medford on my wedding day in 1970.I had worked for Jim in Boston at the time and he offered his wife’s superior talent for that day. Although her voice is silenced now I will always remember the beauty that she brought to such a special day.

  3. Joanna L. Spinosa says:

    Dear Cousins,
    You are in my thought and prayers during this time of sadness. You were so blessed to have such a wonderful mother and I was so blessed to have a wonderful cousin. I will forever hear the music we made together during vocal lessons….”My Sweet Little Alice Blue Gown” still echos in my heart.
    I will always have wonderful memories of my cousin Patti. She is with Pat now and that makes me feel happy as they watch down on all of us.
    God Bless, Cousin Joanna

  4. Leslie Brunaccini says:

    Sincerest condolences to the Tamagini’s. Mrs. T was our music instructor at Medford High School and guided our Medford Folk Singers group. More than an instructor, she was a steadfast friend to some of our members up until her last years. Best wishes.

  5. Kimberly Bennett says:

    There are just no words to describe the impact Dr. Tamagini had on each and every one of her students. You were a very special lady and we will never forget you. As you used to say in your closing prayers, “In His Love”, Mrs. T. Always and forever. XOXO
    Kimberly Bennett
    Our Lady of Nazareth Academy, Class of 1998

  6. Pat & Alma D'Antonio says:

    Lisa and Lora – wishing heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Now we know where those beautiful voices and musical talents came from. What a blessing your mother was.
    God bless, Pat & Alma D’Antonio

  7. Irene Halibozek says:

    I simply can’t believe she’s gone. Dr. T was a force of good and happiness in the world that rippled over to everyone who ever met her. my sincerest condolences to the entire family. Dr. T will never be forgotten by the countless women she taught at Nazareth, and especially not by me. I’ve always looked up to her for her faith, her passion for music and love for everyone. She will always have a place in my heart. God Bless.
    -Irene (Bishay) Halibozek
    Our Lady of Nazareth Academy, Class of 2006

  8. Alden and Jennifer Stark says:

    Lisa and Lora – We wish you the peace of our Lord and Savior during this difficult time. Your mother was truly a woman of greatness who accomplished much in her life, especially raising such a beautiful family.
    God’s richest blessings on you and your entire family,
    Alden and Jenn

  9. Sister Mary Ellen Doyle, SCN says:

    As a former faculty member of Our Lady of Nazareth, I had the pleasure of collaborating with Mrs. Tamagini on the Senior Musical Drama, an experience long since enjoyed and never yet forgotten We became good friends as well as colleagues; she was an inspiration to me as well as to students. Thank you, Pat, and God’s reward be yours forever!

  10. Gary Seydell says:

    To The Entire Tamagini Family,
    I praise God for the life, song, investment and ministry of Mrs. T. My life is Eternally changed because of her. I pray God’s comfort and peace over each of you. Sincerely in Christ, Gary

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