John S. Tierney

John S. Tierney, 81, of Gloversville, New York, devoted husband, father, grandfather, and brother, passed away on Friday, August 30, 2013, at home with his wife, Carolyn Paciolla Tierney, by his side. They enjoyed 57 years of happiness and a lifetime of shared experiences. One of the greatest delights in his life was being with his precious grandchildren.

John was born in Gloversville on June 8, 1932, the son of the late John Walter Tierney and Elizabeth Yurkovic Tierney. He was a lifelong resident of Gloversville and a 1950 graduate of Gloversville High School.

He is survived by his daughters Christine Tierney (Gloversville) and Marcia Tierney (New York City), and his sons John J. Tierney (Santa Monica, CA); Patrick Tierney and wife, Jamie (Santa Monica, CA); David Tierney and wife, Anne (Los Angeles, CA); and Daniel Tierney and wife, Virginia (Los Angeles, CA). His grandchildren, Alexa, Vivien, Chase, Theodore, Stewart, Henry, Cecelia, and Elizabeth Tierney, who all reside in California. His brother, Stephen Tierney, and wife, Verlene (Broadalbin), and his cousin Lois Tierney Tomlinson and husband, Robert (Broadalbin). He also is survived by several loving nieces and nephews and was preceded in death by his youngest brother, Michael.

John spent 52 years in faithful employment at The Leader-Herald, initially as a printer; he then became foreman of the Composing Room and ultimately was promoted to the position of the production superintendent. He was a communicant of the Church of the Holy Spirit and served his country in Korea from 1956-1958.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the John Finocan Funeral Home, 13 Prospect Ave, Gloversville, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 4, at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Spirit, with the very Reverend Donald Czelusniak as celebrant. Internment will take place in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown, N.Y.

Because John lived his life with an affinity for helping those in need, memorial contributions may be made to the local Salvation Army or the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be made to