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“My heart hurt when I heard about Peter's passing. He was a wonderful man and I will always remember his kindness. You were very lucky to have a...Read More »
1 of 53 | Posted by: Becky Silveira - Naperville, IL

“Mr Tierney was a treasure. I will always remember his classes as filled with learning, laughter, and perfect circles. He will be truly missed. ”
2 of 53 | Posted by: Betsy Broughton - East Falmouth, MA

“Peter. You will. Always be in. A special. Place. In. My. Heart. I. Will. Miss you RHONDA ”
3 of 53 | Posted by: RHONDA mccaul - Chelmsford, MA

“It was always a pleasure to greet Peter in the Reuben Hoar Library. He was a frequent patron and cheerful friend to the staff. My children benefited...Read More »
4 of 53 | Posted by: Betty Smith - Littleton, MA

“Mr Tierney was the best teacher. I always looked forward to what experiment he had in store for us. A wonderful man., teacher and influence. ”
5 of 53 | Posted by: Kimberly Moran - Littleton, MA

“What a kind, thoughtful person with a great sense of humor. Working with him made every day a good day. -Betty (Biggs) Leonard ”
6 of 53 | Posted by: A friend

“Our condolences to the Tierney family. Pete served Littleton selflessly for so many years. Will never forget the stick figure picture he drew on the...Read More »
7 of 53 | Posted by: Steve & Sarah Foss - Littleton, MA

“PWT--In scouts we used to call Mr. Tierney PWT--in science, the "Perfect Circle Award" always went to Peter. In life, we would do well to emulate...Read More »
8 of 53 | Posted by: Ed and Julia(Lyons) Surprenant - NH

“Mr. Tierney was my 8th grade science teacher. His love of Earth science stimulated my interest in the field, and I became an Earth science teacher...Read More »
9 of 53 | Posted by: Hal Coyle - Ayer, MA

“Was an awesome teacher and great man. Truly will be missed. My condolences to the Tierney family. ”
10 of 53 | Posted by: Lorraine Harding (Nixon) - MA

“Mr. Tierney will be missed. It was the only class where I received an A. Thank you for the education and laughs. ”
11 of 53 | Posted by: Patricia Kierstead - Syracuse, NY

“As a student of Peter's many years ago, (LHS class of '68) I didn't realize how much of a positive influence he was but now I realize he was one of...Read More »
12 of 53 | Posted by: Alan Recke - Great Falls, MT

“Peter was a dear friend and an amazing man. I knew him for many years and he made my life better. The world will miss his goodness. ”
13 of 53 | Posted by: Carol Cooper - Vero Beach, FL

“Peter -- you will be missed by so many and I enjoyed our dinner and breakfast times with both you and Nancy over the years. You were a wonderful...Read More »
14 of 53 | Posted by: Donna Rae Sims - Lunenburg, MA

“Peter Was a a great advocate for conservation and I enjoyed working with him on his Conservation Commisssion in Litt let on. You will be missed. ”
15 of 53 | Posted by: Carl Melberg - Littleton, MA

“There was never an Earth Science class that went by where he didn't make us laugh. I owe a wonderful love of sarcastic wit to him. He was one of the...Read More »
16 of 53 | Posted by: Tama Euvrard (Dodge) - Fitchburg, MA

“My deepest condolences to the Tierney family. One of my favorite science teachers and a life long friends. God Bless ”
17 of 53 | Posted by: Erik Carlson - Chelmsford, MA

“A 1000+ thoughts of Peter as each of us pulls up a fond memory. Such a kind and gentle man and a great inspiration to all who met him. Rest in Peace...Read More »
18 of 53 | Posted by: Paul/Michelle Romilly - Wells, ME

“May you Rest in Peace Mr. Terney. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mr.Tierney's family and friends. He was a great teacher and will always be...Read More »
19 of 53 | Posted by: A friend

“Who knew earth science could be so engaging? Anyone who took it with Mr. Tierney, that's who. The memory of him lobbing a chunk of sodium metal into...Read More »
20 of 53 | Posted by: Ephraim Baron - San Jose, CA

“Great teacher may you rest in peace.... ”
21 of 53 | Posted by: Bob T - Littleton, MA

“My fondest memories of High School are of Pete. To this day I have kept a note that he wrote to me in class. A King among men.If he's up for it...Read More »
22 of 53 | Posted by: Theodore Cookinham - Olmito, TX

“My wife, Joyce (Brown) and I were in Mr. Tierney's 7th grade science class during his first year teaching in Littleton (1960-61). We both have fond...Read More »
23 of 53 | Posted by: Robert Stewart - Fitchburg, MA

“Peter was a good man, and a lot of fun to be with. We went to the Patriots games together years ago. I graduated from LHS, though before he started...Read More »
24 of 53 | Posted by: Bill Cronin - Englewood, FL

“Mr. Tierney was a wonderful teacher. Never forgot a face even 25 years after graduating!! Bless his heart. Thoughts and prayers to the family. ”
25 of 53 | Posted by: Susan Scioli - Littleton, MA

“My heart felt sympathy to you Sean, to all of the Tierney family and to all that loved Mr.Tierney. He was just that special. Salt of the earth with...Read More »
26 of 53 | Posted by: Deb Karr-Francis - Pembroke, NH

“Pete was such a special person, he will be missed dearly. He was a wonderful teacher (who could forget the full circle on the chalk board!) with a...Read More »
27 of 53 | Posted by: Melissa Hebert - Littleton, MA

“Peter was a wonderful teacher and friend to many. He was a boy scout leader with my husband and Howie Ayer. They went on many camp outs together...Read More »
28 of 53 | Posted by: Betty Kohler - Townsend, MA

“Such a wonderful man and a great teacher. Prayers to his family. He will be missed by many. ”
29 of 53 | Posted by: Lisa Lally - West - Methuen, MA

“one of my favorite teachers. RIP Peter ”
30 of 53 | Posted by: Richard Sherry - Boston, MA

“The best will be greatly missed. ”
31 of 53 | Posted by: Donna Dewey - Ashby, MA

“Pete Tierney was such a personable teacher, his sense of humor memorable. As his former student, I knew that he cared about each and every one of us...Read More »
32 of 53 | Posted by: Lynne Cassinari - Reading, MA

“50 years have passed, that seem like just yesterday, memories of a great teacher that made learning fun. Be careful of statically charged door knobs...Read More »
33 of 53 | Posted by: Bill Schmidt - Westford, MA

“Pete was one of the teachers that you never forgot, and it was for all the right reasons. You'll be missed by many! ”
34 of 53 | Posted by: Gary Whitten - Nashua, NH

“RIP... You were a great teacher and made Science interesting and fun...will never forget your "perfect circle" on the blackboard! ❤ ”
35 of 53 | Posted by: Candace Ishmael (Cullum) - CA

“One of the most respected teachers of his time at LHS. He had a unique way of making learning fun and interesting. Littleton and the world has truly...Read More »
36 of 53 | Posted by: Rich Lawrence - Hershey, PA

“There's no question that Mr. Tierney touched the hearts and minds of so many. He made us smile and taught us to enjoy the process of learning. I...Read More »
37 of 53 | Posted by: Jennifer Yapp - North Andover, MA

“There are few people on earth who truly make a lasting impression. Mr Tierney was one of those people. My life has been enriched for having him as a...Read More »
38 of 53 | Posted by: Susan LaCount Edgett - Groton, MA

“Thank you Mr. T. ”
39 of 53 | Posted by: Robert Dion - Floral City, FL

“A nicer man is hard to come to mind. Always a kind word and a smile, I enjoyed my conversations with Peter and Nancy over the years. He took such...Read More »
40 of 53 | Posted by: Deb Williams - Littleton, MA

“A great man and a great teacher, he was loved by all. My condolences to the family and rest in peace, Mr. T. You were one of a kind. ”
41 of 53 | Posted by: Betty Ann Karr - Littleton, MA

“Not sure if I took his class 2 out of 4 yrs because of my stupidity or his humor. If it wasn't for him slipping the smartest persons test under mine...Read More »
42 of 53 | Posted by: J.S. - Littleton

“Peter was such a greatly respected colleague. His gentle presence was something I admired greatly. Everyone who knew him was so fortunate. ”
43 of 53 | Posted by: Nicki Bibbo - Newton, MA

“My sympathy to the Tierney family. I have often told people about a teacher I had who could draw this perfect circle on the board. So many memories,...Read More »
44 of 53 | Posted by: Judy de Mare (Sparks) - MA

“Pete was a great man with a wonderful sense of humor. He will be missed. ”
45 of 53 | Posted by: Cheryl Hurley - Exeter, NH

“Pete was one of lives treasures and I feel so blessed to have known him. Pete loved his family so much and they were everything to him. My heart...Read More »
46 of 53 | Posted by: Sara Griffin - So Yarmouth, MA

“My sympathies to the Tierney family, your Dad was a great guy, remembered by many for his great sense of humor and making those Earth Science classes...Read More »
47 of 53 | Posted by: Sharon Loiselle (Allen) - NH

“Peter Tierney was more than a teacher....he was a friend for life and never forgot my name or the name of my children and asked about them whenever...Read More »
48 of 53 | Posted by: Rebecca Quinn - Littleton, MA

“Pete left the world a better place. I feel blessed to have had the gift of his friendship. My Deepest Sympathy to family and friends. ”
49 of 53 | Posted by: Rick McGibbon - Phoenix, AZ

“The hearts and minds that you nurtured will never forget you. Everyone wanted to be in your class! ”
50 of 53 | Posted by: David White - Georgetown, ME

“I've never forgotten Mr. Tierney - earth science and weather forecasts made fun. ”
51 of 53 | Posted by: Hilary Stoddard Ely - Midlothian, VA

“We are so sorry to hear of Pete's passing. He just told me about his trip to France with such excitement and joy - it was so good to see him happy....Read More »
52 of 53 | Posted by: The Essman Family - Littleton, MA

“One of those who has made a lasting impact on so many lives. Don't remember a lot of my teachers, but will never forget Pete Tierney! Pete was not...Read More »
53 of 53 | Posted by: Gary Coupal - Littleton, MA


Peter Wilson Tierney, 80, of Littleton, MA, died unexpectedly on December 24, 2015. He was born in Salem, MA on April 28, 1935. Son of the late Francis Peter Tierney and Pauline Wilson Tierney, he grew up in Salem and went on to attend UMASS Amherst earning a degree in Science with a major in Geology, and later earned a Master in Education. He was an active member of Phi Sig Alpha with which he has been active for the past sixty years. He was married to the late Nancy (Green) Tierney for 56 years. They lived in North Hampton, MA until 1961 when they settled in Littleton, MA and raised their family while Pete worked as a beloved science teacher at Littleton High School. He enjoyed a long career as an esteemed educator and will long be remembered for his passion for earth science, his dry sense of humor, and his dedication to his profession. Pete was active in the community, including many years as a CCD teacher and a Boy Scout leader, keeping the boys active camping, but making sure their homework was also done. Hardly a day has gone by in the past 60 years when he has not called a child or friend to inform them of a dynamic science program on television, an upcoming celestial event, a geological wonder, or his opinion on the politics of the times. He will also be remembered for his love of reading, history, and the French language, spending much time at the Littleton Library. Pete loved his work with the Littleton Conservation Commission and there is a town trail named after him. He kept working part time at Hewlett Packard until just a couple of years ago. He believed whole heartedly in enjoying retirement and loved to travel.

His survivors include his siblings David Tierney of Newburyport, MA, his sister Pollyanne Tierney of Salem, MA, and Mark Tierney of Lakewood Ranch, FL. He also leaves his children, Peter W. Tierney Jr. of Littleton and his wife, Julie; Susan Tierney Parisi of Rockport and her husband, Frank; Sean F. Tierney of Exeter, NH and his wife, Janis; and Elizabeth Meade Tierney of Phoenix, AZ. Also, his grandchildren Jennifer (Tierney) Smith of Rocky Mount, NC , James Tierney of Littleton, MA, Benjamin Parisi of Fitchburg, MA, Bethany Parisi of Carmel, NY, Kelsey Tierney Cyr of Columbus, OH, Sarah Tierney of Wolfeboro, NH, Elizabeth Clark of Exeter, NH, and Benjamin Bailey of Stratham, NH. And, two great grandchildren Samantha Mae Clark of Exeter, NH, and Adalyn Kate Bailey of Stratham NH, plus numerous nieces and nephews.

There is a 10 AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Anne’s Church, 75 King Street, Littleton, MA on Monday January 4, 2016. Visiting Hours will be Sunday, January 3, 2016, from 2-7 PM at the Badger Funeral Home in Littleton, MA. A private burial will be at Beech Grove Cemetery, Rockport, MA. Please see Donations may be made in Peter’s name to the Littleton Conservation Trust PO Box 594 Littleton, MA 01460 or The Littleton Education Fund PO Box 501 Littleton, MA 01460