Richard Tierney






We at Faith Hospice are saddened by the news of the passing of our former board member and long-time friend, Dick Tierney.  As a board member for 9 years and board chair for 5 years, Dick was instrumental in the growth of Faith Hospice and the creation of Trillium Woods, the area’s first in-patient hospice facility.  His kind and gentle spirit, giving nature, and business savvy made him an invaluable mentor to many of us at Faith Hospice.  While we will miss his wisdom and generosity greatly, we are rejoicing in the knowledge that he is now living peacefully with our Lord.

Richard Emerson Tierney  

August 11, 1939 - March 28, 2020   

Richard Emerson Tierney of Grand Rapids passed away on March 28, 2020. Dick was the only child of Katherine and Walter Tierney who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Gretchen; his two daughters, Tracy (Todd) Hayataka, Jennifer Tierney; 4 grandchildren, Tim, Michael, Sarah Hayataka and Cody Tierney. Gretchen's sister and her two brothers became his siblings in life. Dick was a graduate of Hillsdale College and had an MBA from the University of Detroit. His career spanned forty years in the Aerospace and Defense Industry where he held senior management positions at Lear Sigler Inc., Smiths Industries and L-3 Communications. He also gave time and talent to Old Kent Bank and Trust Board of Directors, and several non-profit organizations continuing into his retirement. Dick's primary mission in life centered on being a good husband, father, grandfather, friend and community contributor. Private services were held by the family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the coming months. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods 8214 Pfeiffer Farms Dr SW, Byron Center, MI 49315.


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