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,
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
www.supportstjosephs.org or to the Eucharistic Community of Francis of
Assisi at www.assisicommunity.org.
Arrangements entrusted to Mariposa Gardens Funeral Care
send Tributes to
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 attending
college. 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
Seth, who is
the Associate Head Lacrosse Coach
at Johns Hopkins University and resides with his wife Maureen in Baltimore.
recently graduated from the University of San Diego and is working on her
masters at ASU.
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.
Seated: daughter-in-law Maureen, grandchildren Erin and Ryan, son Seth
Standing: Heather, Patty and Tom, Kristy
Mexico December 2005
My toys are a testament to Patty's patience with my
refusal to grow up!
Maui- just two blocks away from Iris Kogel
Chapman's home. Iris was the realtor on this
Xcaret underground river
- Mexico December 2005
Left to right: Patty, Tom, Heather, Ryan, Seth, Erin, Kristy and Maureen
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
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
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
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
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,
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,