Lt. Col. Edward Ed Vincent Tiernan, USAF, Ret.

March 12, 1928August 8, 2011

Edward Vincent Tiernan, age 83, a retired Air Force officer and meteorologist who worked for twenty years with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) died on Aug 8, 2011 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident Wed Aug 3. The accident, which shut down the outer loop of the beltway at Eisenhower Avenue, was caused when Mr. Tiernan’s vehicle struck a guardrail and then was hit by a tractor-trailer. The cause of the accident is unknown.

During his military career Lt. Col. Tiernan served in New Mexico, Travis AFB in California, St. Louis, Tokyo Japan and Terrejon Airbase in Madrid, Spain. Prior to serving in the Air Force, he was in the United States Navy from 1946 to 1948, stationed at Mare Island in San Francisco. Lt. Col Tiernan received numerous accommodations, including the Meritorious Service Medal in 1971, for his contributions to the National Space Program (1969-1971).

As a meteorologist at NOAA, Mr. Tiernan was recognized for his service on the Global Weather Experiment (1978-1979), which took him to Russia and Africa. He supported the GATE Project in 1974, and worked closely with the Small Business Administration in the latter part of his civil career.

After retiring, Mr. Tiernan was active in the community, as a long-time member of Springfield Golf & Country Club. He was part of the pulmonary rehabilitation group at Fairfax hospital for over 15 years, representing the group at the Heart and Lung Games held in Chicago IL, to demonstrate the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation. He volunteered at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. A geneology and technology enthusiast, Mr. Tiernan spent his days researching family history and keeping tabs on his grandchildren and extended family through facebook.

Mr. Tiernan was born to Lawrence Tiernan and Francis Grigsby on 12 March 1928 in San Francisco, the youngest of four children. He graduated from San Jose State University in 1952, and received a Masters degree from St. Louis University in 1963. He married the former Lily Marie Perez from Monterey, California in 1950. She preceeded him in death by seven years. They lived in Springfield, Virginia, since 1969.

Mr. Tiernan is survived by four children; Kathleen Tiernan Fox of Springfield, Edward Tiernan of Ashburn, Patricia Tiernan Donelan of Burke and Shelly Tiernan Tunell of Columbia, MD. In addition, he had nine grandchildren; Aaron M. Fox of Lake Ridge, Meagan L. Donelan of Manassas, Cassandra M. Donelan of Bethany, WV, Airman Ryan E. Fox of Ft. Meade, MD, Brittney L. Tunell and Gregory M. Tunell of Columbia, James P. Donelan of Burke, Edward D and Muriel A. Tiernan of Ashburn. Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 2pm at Demaine Funeral Home, Springfield, Virginia. Burial will be at a later date at Arlingon National Cemetery.



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Lt. Col. Edward Ed Vincent Tiernan, USAF, Ret.

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December 29, 2011

Ed and Lily were like family to us. I have no doubt they're now tasca-hopping in Heaven with my parents, Bill and Wanda Yardley, Their gain is very much our loss down here on Earth, but we cherish the wonderful memories we have of them and resolve to emulate their love of life. Ed will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.

ABRAZOS MUY FUERTES A TODOS ~ AMOR Y BESOS ~ Nancy Hudson (The Yardley Family)

Karen Thurman

October 25, 2011

I have lots of memories of your family from attending basketball games with my dad Smitty at WSHS. My prayers are with all of you.

Brent Reynolds

August 22, 2011

We were lucky to grow up near the Tiernan's and enjoy many days and nights of fun and sports. As kids who could've known Mom and Dad Tiernan had such an interesting life and traveled and lived like they did? Hopefully as our old folks pass on they leave a lasting legacy of curiosity, travel, intelligence and volunteer efforts. Our very best wishes to the Tiernan clan from the Reynolds clan.
Brent Reynolds

Mike DeLong

August 21, 2011

"My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family"

Steven DeLong

August 20, 2011

Great photo's of a great man and family! Our sympathy and love is with your family during these trying times! The DeLong Family

John and Janet Pingree

August 19, 2011

Our prayers to all of the Tieman family at this time.

August 18, 2011

My sincere condolences to the Tiernan family.
Diane Barlow

George Koesteres

August 17, 2011

Our Deepest Sympathy to all of the Tiernan Family. Great times were had by all in Springfield. We will never forget. The Koesters Family-George, Ginny, Mike, Dave, Mark and Dan.

Pat Donelan

August 17, 2011

I will always Cherish my relationship with Dad, I am a better person for knowing him. Dad was so giving and intelligent that his interaction with me and all of the Family have shaped our lives in a Positive, Caring manner. I love you Dad, and I celebrate your life and know that you are now happy being reunited with your Lily! GO AIRFORCE!

Paul Littlejohn

August 17, 2011

My condolances to the Tiernan and Donelan families.
Lt. Paul Littlejohn, Prince William County Fire and Rescue