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October 9, 2013

Joseph Tierney

Joseph Tierney

BREWSTER, Mass. — Joseph Tierney, 83, husband of Elaine (Lavin) Tierney, died on Oct. 4, 2013, as a result of injuries sustained after being hit by a car in May.

He was born on Nov. 14, 1929, in New York City, to the late Joseph and Florence (Veit) Tierney.

He was a beloved son, husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather. Until the time of the accident, Joe was physically and mentally fit and enjoyed life to the fullest.

Joe grew up in Cambria Heights, and graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in 1948. He earned a degree in physical education from New York University in 1952, and received a Certificate in Administration and Supervision from Hofstra University. He spent his career on Long Island, starting as a physical education teacher and baseball coach at Floral Park High School from 1956 to 1966, where he led the varsity baseball team to several titles. In 1966, he began working as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Three Village School District until his retirement in 1986.

On July 2, 1955, he married the love of his life, Elaine Lavin. They began their married life in Queens, and in 1958, moved to Long Island, living in Deer Park from 1958 to 1967, then Setauket until 1986. They retired to Brewster, Mass., in 1986, building a beautiful home with plenty of room for their children and grandchildren, and the family’s annual Thanksgiving celebration.

Joe was known for his devotion to his family and his unconditional love for his many canine friends.

His knowledge of and enthusiasm for the game of baseball inspired him to build a pitch simulator machine, earning him a patent on the first try in 1993. He was a loyal fan of the New York Mets, being their armchair manager year after year. He often said that everything he had in life he owed to baseball.

Joe spent his retirement years traveling the U.S. and the world with Elaine, including a bike trip across Holland and a luxury cruise on a clipper ship on the Mediterranean. When at home, he loved nothing more than to work on his house, watch baseball and old movies on TV, and to spend time with his family and his dogs.

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