Tom Tierney, born September 22, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York to Thomas Norton and Eleanor Simpson [Page] Tierney Thompson, passed away on September 25, 2014, surrounded by his family, in Gilbert, Arizona at the age of 71.
Tom graduated from Levittown Memorial High School in 1961. After graduation, Tom worked for a neon sign company prior to joining the Air Force in 1962. After discharge, he worked for Pan Am World Airways from 1967 until 1971 while he was attending college at Queensborough Community College.
In 1973 he joined the FDNY and retired from there as Lieutenant in 1993 to relocate to Gilbert, AZ.
Tom and his wife Patty were married in 1978 and have spent 35 wonderful years together. Tom was a generous man who was active in his church and involved in mission work in Peru. He was an Eagle Scout, an entrepreneur, and a land developer and built custom homes. He was involved with Di-Matrix who built parts for the Humvees during the Iraq war. Tom owned and operated a number of bars and restaurants on Long Island and was also a distributor of Noble Race Cars. Tom was a partner of Links Golf Course in Queen Creek, he received his pilot's license after Patty had purchased flying lessons for him as a gift and at the age of 65, Tom decided to take up paddle boarding. Tom is survived by his beloved wife, Patty; 3 children Seth (Maureen) Tierney, Kristen Tierney and Heather (Gino Kozeli) Tierney; two grandchildren Ryan and Erin as well as four siblings, Timmy, Billy, Susan and Patti.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, with a funeral on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 10:00 am at Mariposa Gardens Cemetery Chapel, 6747 E. Broadway Rd, Mesa AZ 85206. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Smile Train at www.smiletrain.org; Barrow Neurological Institute at www.thebarrow.org; to St. Joseph's Foundation at www.supportstjosephs.org or to the Eucharistic Community of Francis of Assisi at www.assisicommunity.org. Arrangements entrusted to Mariposa Gardens Funeral Care(480) 830-4422
Class of 1961 Alumni Page
After graduation, I worked for a neon sign company prior to joining the Air Force in 1962. After discharge, I worked for Pan Am World Airways from 1967 until 1971 while I was attendingcollege. In 1973 I joined the FDNY. I retired from there in 1993 to relocate to Gilbert, AZ. My wife Patty and I have been married since 1978 and have three children:
Seth, who is the Associate Head Lacrosse Coach at Johns Hopkins University and resides with his wife Maureen in Baltimore.
Kristy, who recently graduated from the University of San Diego and is working on her masters at ASU.
Heather, who is in her junior year at Hawaii Pacific University on Oahu.
We have also been blessed with two grandchildren by Seth and Maureen; Ryan and Erin. Although we dont see each other as often as I would like, we do go on an annual vacation together every year during the week after Christmas. The Family pictures are from our most recent trip to Mexico with an overhead shot of us drifting down an underground river in Xcaret. I am still active in several small businesses here in the Phoenix area and hope to retire this year or next year to spend more time on Maui.
It is a sad day indeed for the Class of '61 and anyone else that ever met Tom.
I remember him best when I was brought into our high school fraternity, OBX...."The Gee's".
He came up to me after the induction meeting, collar turned up, Ha!Ha!, and told me to let him know if anyone ever messed with me to let him know....he would take care of them. We were both the same age but I looked up to him as being the stronger one. In my being fatherless, this gave me a feeling of safety and protection. And he did just that in two instances with run in's I had with some "hoods" at school.
Tom was a good guy. I can picture him up there now with Warren clinking glasses together.
God loves you and so do I.
Thursday, October 02, 2014
I am so sorry to hear about Tom. I just saw it on the website, You had mentioned awhile ago he was ill but I never knew he had brain surgery. I am so sad for Patty and family - he was a such a special and very generous person who will be missed by everyone who knew him. As the creators of our class website you were all good friends and he will be missed.
Honey Murway Cottrell
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Tom Tierney is a cross between a Hollywood Star and a Superhero to all of us. I will go through the star roles he played, and his superhero power which was to to be there for people when they needed it the most.
BUSINESSMAN; There are too many different types of businesses to mention them all, but he cherished all of his partners and roles he had in all of them. He is probably scoping out a piece of property in Heaven right now and saying, "this would be a great spot for a golf course."
FRIEND; One of the many roles he cherished the most, and his friends are spread from coast to coast and from Hawaii to Peru. At the top of this list is Jack Tills who shared the nickname "HALF", with the obvious meaning that they were "WHOLE" when they were together. Again too many names to mention, but please know that you can fill a giant piece of farmland with everyone he called friend.
MENTOR; He enjoyed this role very much as it gave him a great sense of purpose. No matter what role you fall under, he was a mentor to us all.
UNCLE; As we move into family, his passion intensified and not only was he a great uncle to all of his nieces and nephews, but there are so many more that called him UNCLE TOMMY.
SON; He loved his parents very much, and like all his family members there was nothing he wouldn't and more importantly couldn't do for them. Recently my Grandmother passed away, and the one smile that comes from a day like today, is that he is with them now. I can only hope that Grandma is making him eat Spagetti'Os as we speak.
BROTHER/BROTHER-IN-LAW; I am sure it was quite entertaining to say the least growing up with Dad, but to sum up this role, each of you have a story of calling him in a time of need and he came through with flying colors. This is where his Super Powers began. I don't think you need me to tell you how much he loved each and every one of you,
GRANDFATHER; This role leaves me wondering a little. Why are his grandchildren (Ryan and Erin) allowed to do things that my sisters and I were not?
Vacations with the grandchildren were the highlight of each year for him. The smiles and memories tell the story. Just five short years ago we were skiing in the Rocky Mountains, when both my children came up next to me on the trail and said, "Dad, Grandpa is so much of a better skier then you are", and then took off chasing him down the mountain.
FATHER; My sisters (Kristen and Heather), my brother-in-law Gino, and my wife Maureen and I could not have picked a better role model. He just loved us being around and played this role to how it is written in the textbook. He did have a way of talking without speaking, and screaming without raising his voice, but two minutes later he was a big softy.
Finally HUSBAND; He loved Mom with every ounce in his body. They had a fairy-tale marriage that people read or dreamed about. Mom was the apple of his eye, and I would be remised if my siblings and I did not recognize our Mother's effort, sheer will and determination in the care of Dad over the last few years.
He played all of these roles to the best of his ability, and deserves and EMMY for all of them.
He checked all the boxes he wanted to, and did it his way. He took the blame, and gave away the credit, which is the sign of a real man.
Finally, I would like to talk about the DASH, 1943-2014. The numbers mean nothing, and the dash means everything. The dash tells the story of ones life, and this mans dash was legendary. If we all could learn to work on our DASH the way my father did, the world would be a better place.
This journey had many hands of help along the way. We would like to thank all of the family, friends, with a special shout-out to Lyndsey, who we consider family, fellow employees, business partners, students and parents, and the Francis of Assisi family for all of your willingness and strength.
This has been the first time I have been to a viewing/funeral mass where there was no casket. This is also the first time the person's life that was being
celebrated was dressed in a Hawaiian shirt. So, continuing with the theme of "first's", would you please join my family and I in giving Tom Tierney a standing ovation.
Monday, September 29, 2014
When we think of Tom, we don't know anyone who was more fully engaged in life... In high school I remember Tom as always busy, not walking but running in the halls between classes. Something important was always happening in Tom's world and he was attending to it. When we met again forty-four years later, at our class reunion, Tom was determined to have a vacation home on Maui and that was the start of a close friendship with Tom and Patty. During these past several years Tom has been our business mentor , confidant, sunset watching buddy, coffee buddy, lunch, dinner, sit on the beach buddy and precious friend to Bob and me. We have been touched and inspired by Tom and Patty's loving spirit and generosity not only with friends but with those less fortunate both near and far. Tom is and will always be held near and dear in our hearts. Our prayers are with him on the continuing journey of his soul. Our deepest condolences to Patty and family.
Iris & Bob Chapman,
Monday, September 29, 2014
Sorry to hear about Tom. We talked a few times over the years about our passion for fly and cars. When working in a Deli before going into the service his dad delivered beer to our store and he up to date on what Tom was up to.
I will miss Tom, he was good people...
Stu Smith (class mate 1961)
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Tom was obviously a very positive force and joy to many.
My condolences to his family and friends.
Also we all thank him for your service as a first responder as a NYC firefighter.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
To my Hero,
Grandpa I love you more than you could ever imagine. You showed me the rights and wrongs and made the girl I am today. You have done unbelievable things in your life that no one will ever forget. Everyone has to go eventually and I am so thankful that you even made it this far. Even though I am going to miss the
memories and vacations we had, I am so glad to know you are not suffering and are in a better place now. You will always be my hero with everything you have done. I will always be thinking of you through everything I do. I am sad you will not physically be there for my sweet 16, prom, and wedding but I promise you that you will be there in my heart. I wish I could have seen you one more time but I want you to never forget how much I am going to miss you and how much I love you. September 25 2014 heaven gained the best man it could ever gain. R.I.P Grandpa I love you forever and always.
Love your granddaughter
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Sad news this morning on the passing of a great friend & a really good guy. Tom was a doer & a shaker. He got things done & I admired him for his enormous courage in fighting this battle.
In 1957 Tom & I were teammates on the PBC basketball team that won the Nassau County Championship.
Condolences to Patty, his children & extended family. He will be sorely missed.
Russ & Carole Mulroy
Fort Mill, South Carolina
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Dearest Patty and family:
I was shocked to hear the news from Marilyn Lerner this morning about Tom's passing. I am in shock. I can't express my feelings enough of what a great guy he was. I'm so happy that we got to spend our 65th birthdays together in Vegas. It was a time to always remember. Sorry I never got to Hawaii. I will call you in a few days. I got your daughter's message on my cell phone (which I never have on unless I'm out) this morning when Marilyn told me. You and your family were soooo lucky to have such a great guy in your life and I was lucky to share time with him also. I'm sure he is watching over all of you. With my deepest sympathy and regrets, Annie (Adamec-Coady)
Ann Marie Adamec-Coady,