November 22, 1926 – August 2, 2018
Richard Tissiere born November 22, 1926 in Jersey City died August 2, 2018 at his home in Spring Lake at the age 91. Richard also spent many years in Union, N.J.
Richard is survived by his wife Grace Applegate-Tissiere, daughter Linda Chiariello and husband Vincent, grand son, Richard and his wife Kristin and grand daughter, Rachelle, her husband Kris and their daughter Julianne.
Richard was predeceased by his first wife Gloria Lucciola, sister Helen Tissiere and brother Edward Tissiere.
During World War II Richard served aboard the air craft carrier the USS Boxer, his brother, Edward served aboard the battleship the USS New Jersey and his sister Helen served in the Navy Waves. At the end of the war he became a member of Heavy & Highway Laborers Union Local 472 and 24 years later in 1976 he was elected President. Richard joined with his long time friend Jim Carroll and the newly elected Delegates to rebuild Local 472. They provided the strong leadership that was needed to negotiate good benefits for 472 members and also the assurance that contractors would provided them safe working conditions. Richard’s success was noted when in 1981 he was elected both President and Business Manager of the Union. Richard retired from the Union in 1996, but the members today continue to benefit from the membership programs he put in place.
Richard received the Governor’s Peter J. McGuire award for Labor Excellence and the prestigious Eagle Award.
He was a charter member of the NJ Alliance for Action and was appointed Commissioner on the NJ Turnpike Authority by Governor Thomas Kean. Working with Governor Kean he was also instrumental in the passage of the Transportation Trust Fund legislation.
Richard served as Vice Pres. Of the N.J. State Building Trades Council, and Vice President of the N. J. State AFL-CIO.
During the Presidency of George W. Bush, Richard was appointed by then Secretary of Labor, Elizabeth Dole to serve as a member of the U.S. Safety Council. Since 2012 he has served as a Trustee on the N.J. nonprofit corporation, A Safe New Jersey, Inc. which is dedicated to creating safe worksites. Therefore, in lieu of flowers the family is asking that checks to A Safe New Jersey, Inc. 34 Taylor Ave, Manasquan NJ, 08736.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit the McCracken Funeral Home, 1500 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083 on Sunday August 5, 2018 from 3-7pm. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday August 6, 2018 at 10am followed by entombment in the Graceland Memorial Park Cemetery, Kenilworth, NJ.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.McCrackenFuneralHome.com for the Tissiere family.
- Visitation Sunday, August 5, 2018
- Funeral Service Monday, August 6, 2018
- Entombment Monday, August 6, 2018
August 8, 2018
It is with a heavy heart that I send you all my deepest, heartfelt sympathies. Richie and my father, Walter Oset, worked together for a very long time and remained friends during their retirement years. Their stories about the days on the job always made us laugh. Ritchie was one of a kind... good hearted proud and strong. May he rest in peace.
August 7, 2018
Richie was a good man, lead and shaped our union into a place I love to work. He was by far one of the best President's our union ever had!! RIP I will never forget you as our leader!
Toni Ann De Paola Tenenbaum
August 5, 2018
I was quite sad to read of Richard’s passing. I have so many memories of my parents, Alphonse & Dorothy De Paola, spending wonderful times with Richard & Grace and for me, being able to take part in some of them and hearing about the many others. Dr. Al thought highly of Richard and regarded him a good friend. I hope they’re enjoying a spectacular meal in Heaven! Please accept my prayers and condolences. God bless.
Catherine Isabella Petzold
August 4, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Richie and my father, Edward Isabella, worked together for many years and he was so helpful when my my father became ill and passed away19 years ago. Laborers Local 472 was never the same after they left it.
August 3, 2018
Rich was a man if you had a problem he make sure it got resolved ASAP, when my first daughter was born he called me into his office to congratulate us .It meant a lot on how he didn't forget a labor.You will always be in our prayers.
Nancy Braithwaite (Casale)
August 2, 2018
Richie was a very special person in so many ways. Beyond most people in my life, he made a significant memory that is and always will be nestled in my heart. Rich was my neighbor and friend. He always made me feel like part of his family and gave his love and care to all of our family in so many ways. He made us laugh and listened and cared about what we said, even as young kids. God bless Richie and thank you for making my childhood memories so wonderful. I know that the Angels are singing with you in Heaven with Gloria. Your dear Linda, grandchildren, great granddaughter, Grace, family and friends are so lucky to have had such an extraordinary man in their lives. I love you and am so proud and glad that you were part of my life. God Bless you forever.