Life Story for
Thomas Joseph Tierney
Tierney, Thomas J.age 78, of Sun Valley, ID, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2015 of congestive heart failure.Thomas was born on June 17, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY to James A. and Ella W. Tierney.He graduated from Regis High School in New York City (Class of 1954) and from the College of the Holy Cross in Worchester, MA (Class of 1958). He served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1961, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade.
On October 3, 1998, Thomas married Peggy F. Tierney in Sun Valley.He lived in Brooklyn until 1965. Before settling in Edina, MN in 1970, he lived in Atlanta and in Southfield, MI. From 1998 until his passing, he lived in Sun Valley.Thomas worked for thirty-five years in various roles and divisions of 3M Company, as a sales and marketing executive, until his retirement in 1996.He loved fishing on the Wood River and was an active member of the Hemingway Chapter of Trout Unlimited. He also had a passion for golf and loved playing at The Valley Club and especially with the Ball Drop Group. Thomas was also a member of the 200 Club, which took him to play golf courses around the world. Thomas was a happy and integral part of the Sun Valley community. He served as Board Chairman of Hospice of the Wood River Valley. At Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, he served on the Pastoral Council and the Finance Committee. He was also a proud member of American Legion Post 115 in Ketchum, ID.Thomas was preceded in death by his parents James and Ella; his first wife Judith; and his brother James. He is survived by his wife Peggy; son Tom (Lisa) Tierney and their children Ella and Gavin of Vero Beach, FL; daughter Christine (Tom) Meyer of Excelsior, MN; daughter Lyn (Eric) Gustafson and their children Ben and Charlie of Edina, MN; son Michael (Rachel) Tierney and their children Jude and Anne of Minneapolis; step son Finnegan (Allison) Faldi and their child Shane of Boulder, CO; and step son Kelleigh (Daphne) Faldi and their children Charlie, Owen and Reid of Hamilton, MA.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 30th at 10:00 a.m. at Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Ave. So., Minneapolis, followed by a reception at Interlachen Country Club in Edina. A celebration of his life will also be held later this summer in Sun Valley.The family suggests that any Memorial Donations be made to Hospice of the Wood River Valley, P.O. Box 4320, Ketchum, ID 83340.