Surrounded by his family and with the sun shining warmly on his face, Patrick J Tierney went home to God, his Lord and Savior peacefully on February 7th, 2021. Patrick was born on June 9th, 1939 in Hartford, Connecticut to Patrick and Dorothy Tierney. He was blessed to find a lifelong partner in his college sweetheart, Kathleen, with whom he shared 58 years of marriage. As a young man short of a college degree but long on confidence and will, he struck out in a new and exciting field and taught himself computer programming. He worked for the State of Connecticut data processing center as manager of technical support with a devoted group of employees until his retirement. Patrick was a loving husband, compassionate father, resolute big brother, and a true friend. His faith was central to his being and as a parishioner at St Thomas the Apostle Church he regularly gave his time in service to the parish and priests during the 44 years he lived in West Hartford.
Patrick was happiest when spending time with his family; However, his sweet tooth was a close second. His fondness for sweets was likely handed down from his mom and her love of fudge and he never turned down any flavor of ice cream. He was a thinker, a plotter, practical joker and day dreamer. He was always reading and exploring the world through spice and cooking. Music, usually played just shy of concert levels, was a source of pure joy. He lived a bit of the farm life by raising pigs and chickens in New Hartford and he brought that love of the dirt with him when he moved to West Hartford where he and Kathleen made sure the garden was always brimming with flowers and fresh vegetables. Patrick will be remembered for his lightning quick wit, his compassion for those overlooked and underserved, the warmth of his laugh and the love he had for his family, friends and faith.
Patrick is survived by his wife Kathleen Tierney, his three siblings, Mike Tierney, Dorothy Kerrigan, and Timothy Tierney, and his five children: Marc, Patrick, Maureen, her husband Kris, Brian, Dan and his wife Allie. He is also survived by his 14 grandchildren: McKenna, Brennan, Delaney, Keaton, Hayden, Devin, Leah, Casey, Sarah, Nolan, Nathan, Elizabeth, Thurston and Parker.
A funeral mass will be held in memory of Patrick on Thursday February 11th at 10am at St Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hartford with Monsignor Thomas Ginty presiding. Memorial donations may be made to: St Gerard Center for Life, 59 Eaton St., Hartford CT 06114 or St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 872 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06119. Online condolences may be made at www.SheehanHilbornBreen.com