Timothy Michael Tierney
  • 68 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 3, 1943
  • Place of birth:
    Buffalo, New York, United States
  • Date of passing: Sep 15, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Redwood City, California, United States
In the end, it's not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away.

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Timothy Tierney, 68, born on October 3, 1943 and passed away on September 15, 2012. We will remember him forever.

Tim, a cherished husband, adored father, idolized older brother, and inspirational coach passed away from complications of brain surgery. In his last hours, he was surrounded by family and friends.

Tim grew up in San Francisco, raised his children in Pleasanton, and later moved to Atascadero.  He always considered the “City” to be his home.  He graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1961, received his bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State, and his master’s degree from Stanford University.  He will be remembered for his outstanding football talent at St. Ignatius and San Francisco State.  Tim was inducted into the San Francisco State Athletic Department Hall of Fame in 1985.  He started his professional career as head football coach at Homestead High School in Cupertino and then most notably was head football coach at Cal State Hayward.  In later years, Tim became the Cal State East Bay Men & Women's Golf Coach. 

Tim's family thanks all who joined us at the United Irish Cultural Center on Oct. 7th to celebrate his life. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Kathy Stone on 13th October 2016

"Dearest Tim
I need to report;  the concern you told Ned about a risky cosign on a financial loan has been resolved so Tim, no need to worry!"

This tribute was added by Jim Tierney on 3rd October 2016

"Happy birthday Tim.  Sadie in Nashville and Lauren in Alabama.  Who would have thought?  

We miss you so much."

This tribute was added by Jeanette Stone on 3rd October 2016

"I think about you every day, but especially on this day, your birthday. You'll be so proud of your daughter; she is pushing herself academically and striving for a better career. She wants to make a difference in the world! Love you, miss you."

This tribute was added by Kathy Stone on 16th September 2016

"Four years...I find myself still struggling to write about Tim, he is so missed.
His "one of a kind" person means his name is mentioned constantly every day in just casual conversation. i.e. how he read the newspaper, always neat and clean, how special he was as husband to my sister, his tolerance to Stone family drama, how he embraced the chance to actively parent his daughter Sadie.
His positive influence on others continues. Often I include Tim's "likely opinion" when making my decisions.
Tim, your love for my Sister was so precious. I thank you for that.
Just missing you

This tribute was added by Jeanette Stone on 3rd October 2015

"The "Fuel Dock" is closing its doors today. I guess they just couldn't stay open without our patronage. I miss our swing dancing to the "oldies but goodies" tunes at the Fuel Dock!

Love you...Miss you


This tribute was added by Pat Sullivan on 22nd September 2014

"Was driving S.A, TX to Austin TX 9/20/14 on the I-35......saw billboard/with Texas State ""Bobcats'' football schedule; Tim T. would 'have liked that sign on the highway..."

This tribute was added by Kathy Stone on 15th September 2014

"Dearest brother-in-law,
Missing you so much and especially that half smile when I  showed up at your house."

This tribute was added by Jeanette Stone on 15th September 2014

"You may have left us two years ago today but you remain in our thoughts every day. Missing you terribly...Love you forever.


This tribute was added by Jim Tierney on 15th September 2014

"We miss you Tim.  Family gatherings aren't the same without you around. Life is way too short."

This tribute was added by Pat Sullivan on 4th October 2013

"Well, its football season again, but my focus is Dogtoberfest in Atascadero on 10/5. A year ago I sent Tim a foto and was preparing to suggest to him and Jeanette that we meet up with Bonnie and me at Dogtoberfest 2012 in the park . . . I know we would have had some fun and laughs, I guarantee it!"

This tribute was added by Kathy Stone on 3rd October 2013

"It was about a year ago and it was yesterday I said good-bye to Tim as he left his house in Atascadero with my Sister Jeanette anxious at the wheel to drive him to the Bay Area. The plan was one night of family visiting the next day surgery and then go from there. "I can only hope when I hugged you for the last time you knew how privileged I felt having you in our lives". Missing you."

This tribute was added by Jim Tierney on 20th September 2013

"Beautiful day at Half Moon Bay yesterday for the 1st Annual Tim Tierney Memorial golf tournament.  It was great way to remember Tim and raise some money for brain cancer research. We miss you Tim. You will never be forgotten."

This tribute was added by Jeanette Stone on 15th September 2013

"Miss you, love you and think about you every day.

Love always, Ned"

This tribute was added by Mike Burke on 15th September 2013

"Gone, missed, but never forgotten!"

This tribute was added by Patty Tierney on 15th September 2013

"It is hard to believe it has been one year since Tim passed.  It seems like yesterday.  You will always be in our heart and thoughts.

Love, Patty and Brendan"

This tribute was added by Jeanette Stone on 3rd December 2012

"Tim's journey into the mystic, November 24, 2012.: A beautiful day with family as we said tear-full goodbyes to Tim, our beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and brother-in-law."

This tribute was added by incent feeney on 6th October 2012

"I knew Tim first from playing Pop Warner football with him in 1956 and then again at SI. I had the good fortune to reconnect with him the last few years and am deeply shocked by his passing. He was the kind of human being we all want to be."

This tribute was added by Patty Tierney on 3rd October 2012

"Happy Birthday Tim.  Thinking of you today and always.
Love, Patty"

This tribute was added by Terry Christman on 2nd October 2012

"I met Tim my first year at SF State in 1961 along with his two good friends Gil Haskil and Mike Moriarty.  I do not think we ever missed a party and always had a great time. Tim had the "twinkle" in his eye and was a bit "mischieveous" but in a good way.  He will be missed by his many friends, ex-players and his wonderful family.  God Bless you Tim."

This tribute was added by Marcelle Bakula on 2nd October 2012

"I didn't know Tim that well, but every time I spoke with him, I sensed his calm & patient demeanor.  He must've been a great coach/teacher/role model. I know he was supportive of all the time & energy that Jeanette spent with the PWC Rehab Center. It's a great testament that he cared so much about his students, siblings, children, & wife of 30 yrs. Wish I could have known him better. xo2U"

This tribute was added by Rose Dolce-Skarphol on 30th September 2012

"You will be missed by all.  You were one of the most engaging, sweetest man, we will never forget you. RIP  Rose and Paul Skarphol"

This tribute was added by Karen Wyke on 26th September 2012

"Tim,  I will miss that sweet smirk as you walk into Yoga class.  Thank you for being a part of an awesome group of yogis. It was a pleasure getting to know you. I remember one of the few times you shared your heart, not too long ago about your daughter traveling abroad, alone. You were so grateful when she made it home, safe and sound. You will be greatly missed. Namaste"

This tribute was added by Barbara Law on 26th September 2012

"A wonderful guy and classmate. I will always have fond memories of the time we spent in school and parties. I am so grateful that you visited me here in Lake Wildwood. Forever in my heart.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. What a huge loss!"

This tribute was added by Patty Tierney on 25th September 2012

"I love you and will miss you Tim.  You were a great father and brother.  I know Dad and Aunt Marie are happy you are with them now.  I enjoyed viewing the photos.... brought back a lot of memories. Love you, Patty"

This tribute was added by Jim O'Connell on 24th September 2012

"I spoke w/ Tim for the first time at the 50th reunion, conveying greetings from Ron Coleman, former Washing high running back and fellow faculty member here at U Utah. Tim's gracious style shone through in the brief exchange. Sorry I hadn't met him long ago."

This tribute was added by Mitch Bigger on 24th September 2012

"My deepest heartfelt sympathies and prayers go out to the Family. I played football in '80 and '81 at CSUH for Coach T and had the privilege of coaching with him for another 7 years after that. Tim was a very positive influence in my life and someone I always admired and looked up to. Thanks for everything Coach. You will be missed terribly but never forgotten."

This tribute was added by John Lubich on 24th September 2012

"Tim, you were my cousin of that I was very proud of you. I was fortunate to see and screw around with you and Robert at family functions. Other than that we didn't get to see each other. my family moved. I saw you 2 years ago at our Aunts Funeral only to find that you hadn't changed, you were the same older brother that never changed. Tim you were the brother I never knew, Thank you,miss u"

This tribute was added by Wynn Stone on 24th September 2012

"A small smile
A quick touch
A twinkle in his eye
& I knew Tim was here & a good time would be had...
He will be missed dearly & remembered fondly as
a great dad & husband & a treasured friend."

This tribute was added by John Pachtner on 24th September 2012

"Fortunately had the opportunity  to have lunch with Tim a year ago -- first time we had contact with each other since becoming friends in junior high & high school.  I was impressed by his thoughtfulness and am saddened by his death. Deepest sympathies to Tim's family."

This tribute was added by Ed Larios on 24th September 2012

"Tim was a great friend, a person I admired and a coach who helped me greatly at SF State. I always looked forward to seeing Tim at Gator reunions and will miss him.  My condolences to his family."

This tribute was added by Luanne Tierney on 23rd September 2012

"Tim- we will miss you and your wonderful stories at Tierney family gatherings! My favorite memory of you is how every at Thanksgiving holiday- you always cried when we read our gratitudes. It made it so much more meaningful. Holidays won't be the same without you and will miss you terribly."

This tribute was added by Dave Barrows on 23rd September 2012

"Tim will be missed, but he will be forever in our hearts and many
fond memories."

This tribute was added by Jim Tierney on 23rd September 2012

"Tim was a great brother and positive influence on me.  He always had a positive outlook on life and an easy going demeanor that carried over to everything he did.  I have a picture in my office with both of my brothers.  I look at it every day.  I love my brother very much.  He will be greatly missed by me and my entire family."

This tribute was added by Madeline Tierney on 23rd September 2012

"Tim, You left us too soon.
Even though the flame in the candles
Will eventually go out,
Our love and prayers for you
Will go on forever.
We miss you so much.
Mom Tierney"

This tribute was added by Jav Sanchez on 22nd September 2012

"Coach Tierney, with much love and respect, rest in peace. Thank you very much for your coaching and support during my days as a Pioneer. You'll be missed.  My Family's prayers and thoughts go out to your memory, and for strength towards your Family. Love & Peace, Pioneer Pride, Javier Sanchez"

This tribute was added by Jim Schmitz on 22nd September 2012

"I'm very sadden to hear .  I had very nice visits with Tim at out last couple of reunions, I'm glad for that.  I have many great memories of playing football with him and was always very impressed how he could tell us what an offenses next play would be.  I glad to have known him and to have played on the same team in 1965.  He will be missed."

This tribute was added by hank whittier on 22nd September 2012

""Uncle" Tim you will be missed so very much. Our prayers for comfort and hearts go out to the whole family. Everytime we spoke we got to know each other better and I really regret that I'll have to resort to memories. All are good though. Aunt Jeanette and Sarah and the rest we don't know we are so sorry."

This tribute was added by Don McPhail on 22nd September 2012

"Condolences to Tim's family. Tim was one of the energetic "St. Ignatius-Guys" at SF State, who did so much for team leadership. He brought positive energy back then, as he and Angelo have in recent years, when the old guys got together to talk-story. We'll miss him."

This tribute was added by Pat Sullivan on 22nd September 2012

"I am grateful for Tim's friendship, especially the past few years on the Central Coast, and -- talking football now --for detailing how he would  "zone 'em" in the red zone."

This tribute was added by Maureen Tierney on 22nd September 2012

"He was the greatest big brother ever, and I am so proud that I was his sister.  Can't express how much I miss him."

This tribute was added by Brian Bretz on 22nd September 2012

"Thanks Coach. Playing for you and along side my brother continues to be a lasting memory. Thanks for giving us the chance. All of our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. You are missed. CSUH 91' & 92'"

This tribute was added by Robert Tierney on 22nd September 2012

"I always called my Brother Coach when we saw each other. I rarely
Called him Tim. Coaching was what he was meant to do. And
Everyone he coached loved and respected his approach.
You don't always find the thing in life you were meant to do. He did."

This tribute was added by Mike Burke on 21st September 2012

"Tim was a great teammate in pop warner, high school, and college. More importantly, he was truly a loyal friend. I will miss him at the Tringali lunches in Headlsburg."

This tribute was added by Jeanette Stone on 21st September 2012

"I could not have asked for a better husband, partner and friend. I love you Tim and miss you terribly."

This tribute was added by Kathy Stone on 21st September 2012

"To my loving brother-in-law

A life well lived is a precious gift of hope and strength and grace from someone who has made our world a brighter, better place. Missing you."

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