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NEWPORT Thomas J. Breitweg, 82, died June 22, 2001 at his Elm Street residence. He was born June 10, 1919 at Pequannock, New Jersey the son of John and Florence (Deitrich) Breitweg. He attended Irvington High School and served two years in theCivilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.) in Nevada. During World War II, Tommy served in the U. S. Navy as a torpedo man aboard the U.S.S. Meade. In 1944, he married the former Gloria Mileti. He started tattooing in New Jersey in 1939, moving to Newport with his family in 1964. He owned and operated tattoo parlors in Newport, Bangor, Brewer, and Waterville, working until April 2001. He was the first tattoo artist in Maine for many years and held license # 01 until his retirement due to failing health. At the time of his retirement, "Tatts Tommy" was the oldest practicing tattoo artist inthe United States. While operating his tattoo business, he also owned and operatedNewport Chrome Plating Company for many years; as well as Tommy's Gun Shop. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, many national tattooing associations and organizations, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #11191 of Newport.

In addition to his wife of Newport, he is survived by a son, Thomas Breitweg, Jr., also of Newport; 1 grandson, Jason Breitweg of Hamburg, Germany; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 6-8 P.M. Sunday and 2-4 & 6-8 P.M. Monday at Crosby & Neal Funeral Home, 117 Main Street, Newport, where funeral services will be held 10 A.M. Tuesday, June 26th, at the funeral home with Pastor Al H. Worden officiating. Burial will be in the family lot, Riverside Cemetery, Newport. Donations may be made in his memory to the Nokomis Regional High Scholarship Fund, c/o Guidance Department, 266 Williams Road, Newport, ME 04953. Envelopes will also beavailable at the funeral home.

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