Catherine Bridget (McKiernan) Tierney, of Pawtucket, advances to 104
Tuesday 07 September 2021
Catherine Bridget (McKiernan) Tierney, 104, of Pawtucket, and beloved mother of seven, died on September 6, 2021, surrounded by her family at her son’s home in Little Compton, RI
Daughter of the late Patrick and Bridget (Flynn) McKiernan and was recognized as the oldest living graduate of Blessed Sacrament School. She graduated from Central High School and worked at the US Rubber Company before her marriage. Beloved wife of the late John Lester Tierney and resided in Pawtucket since 1948. After the death of her husband in 1984, she was partner of the late Gene Trudeau.
She has also worked at the Agawam Hunt Club, Fram Corporation, etc., and as a bookmobile clerk at the Pawtucket Library, where she made many lasting friends and was recognized for her dedication to patrons. His proudest achievement was seeing his six sons, as well as nine grandchildren, graduate from college.
Cathy had been a dedicated member of St. Teresa’s Church since 1948, where she was active in many parish programs, and led a major fundraising campaign while serving as president of the St. Teresa School Mothers Club. in 1962. These funds enabled the construction of the second floor of the school to begin four months later.
Cathy was the mother of the late John, Jr., (Ed. D.), Dennis and Maureen Tierney, who died in 1962. She leaves her sons: Paul (Dee) of North Kingstown, Timothy (Eileen) of Green Hill Beach, Richard (Jane) of Pawtucket, and attorney Terence (Jane) of Little Compton, and her stepdaughter, Patricia Tierney of Green Hill Beach. She was very proud of all of her grandchildren: Attorney Scott, Paul, Jr., Tara, Kevin, Timmy, Patrick, Molly, Kate and Brennan, and of her great grandchildren: Ryan, Colin, Aidan, Owen and Keegan. She has served as a surrogate / Nana for many, especially the Newman clan. She was predeceased by her siblings: Thomas McKiernan, May Connor, Hugh McKiernan, Terence McKiernan and Helen Gordon.
Cathy’s quick wit was perfectly illustrated by arriving in the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle for her 90th birthday. She was an excellent cook and her famous apple pie recipe was featured in the food section of the Providence Journal. She was also awarded the “Key to the Town of Pawtucket”. Christmas has always been a special time for her, and many will remember her playing the role of “Mrs. Claus.” Cathy and her husband Lester knew the meaning of hard work and by example instilled its value in their descendants. She saw the good in people and always looked on the bright side of life!
Visiting hours and flowers are respectfully omitted.
The funeral will be on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 10 a.m. at St. Teresa Church, 358 Newport Ave., Pawtucket.
Interment will follow at Mt. St. Mary’s cemetery.
Arrangements are in the hands of William W. Tripp Funeral Home, Pawtucket.