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James Arthur Tierney

July 16, 1941 ~ February 5, 2021 (age 79)


James Arthur Tierney, age 79, of Needham, MA. Devoted husband of Barbara (Hill) Tierney from Painesville, OH; dedicated father of four sons: Timothy (Heather) Tierney of Holly Springs, NC, the late Thomas (Kathleen) Tierney of Holly Springs, NC, William (Anne) Tierney of Irving, TX, Eugene (Colleen) Tierney of Medfield, MA; proud and loving grandfather of 22. Dear brother of the late Honorable William J. Tierney, Clare Guerin, Thomas and Robert Tierney.

James (Jim) Tierney was born in 1941 to Thomas Emmett and Mary E. (Mahoney) Tierney. He attended St. Augustine’s Catholic School in South Boston before continuing his education at B.C. High School and then Boston College where he graduated in 1963. Jim took the train each day to work in downtown Boston at HUD for decades where he eventually served as Director of Multifamily Production for New England before retiring in 2004. He and Barbara were married in August, 1970.  They lived in Roslindale, MA before moving to Needham in 1979, where they raised their four boys.

His family lovingly remembers him for his thoughtfulness, clever wit, discerning intellect, objective perspective, and sharp guidance in life. He took the task of raising four boys intentionally and truly appreciated the loving care of his wife to his last breath here on earth. His faith, family and friends were the center of his life. His boys grew to appreciate just how patient he was with them as they had children of their own. Fond memories and his words of wisdom will continue here on earth as he enters the Kingdom of heaven.

Jim Tierney will be remembered with visitation at Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave, Needham, on Wednesday, February 10th from 4-7pm.  A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held in Saint Bartholomew Church in Needham. Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Needham. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s name may be made to Massachusetts Citizens for Life, 529 Main St, Boston, MA 02129

Jim's Mass of Christian Burial will be livestreamed on Thursday, February 11th please use the link below. If you get a login or create an account box, minimize it to see the Mass.

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February 10, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Eaton Funeral Home
1351 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02492

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