Claude D. “Dean” Tate, 97, passed away Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.
He was a native of Bessemer City, North Carolina, and had lived in Virginia Beach since 1961. A retired U.S. Navy lieutenant commander and veteran of World War II, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with three stars, Presidential Unit Citation with star, Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon with four stars as a carrier fighter pilot in the Pacific Theater.
Dean held degrees from Old Dominion University and the College of William & Mary and retired as a guidance counselor from the Virginia Beach school system. He was a member of Bayside Baptist church for many years where he served as a trustee, deacon and Sunday school teacher.
Dean was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Polly, and is survived by his daughter, Sharon Whipkey (Robert); and son, Steven Tate.
The family would like to thank the staff of Bay Lake Retirement and Assisted Living for their exceptional care of Dean for the past five years.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10, at Princess Anne Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
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