Edward C. G. Tyree Jr.
Norfolk - Edward "Ned" Christian Glass Tyree Jr., Ret. CDR, USN of Norfolk, VA passed away on February 23, 2014, surrounded by the people he loved most. A native of Lynchburg, VA he was the son of Edward Christian Glass Tyree, Sr. and Almira Morrill MacLeod of Lynchburg. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Janet Lee Smith Tyree; sons Edward "Ned" Christian Glass Tyree III and daughter in-law Audra Noelle Nunn Tyree of Charlotte, N.C. and Hunter Lee Tyree of Lynchburg, VA .
Ned graduated high school from The Northwood School in Lake Placid, New York, University of Louisiana at Lafayette and received his Master's Degree. He lettered in soccer, baseball, ice hockey, ski jumping, track, and participated in student council and R.O.T.C.
Ned dedicated 25 years of active duty service to the U.S. Navy and for our country. He was as an Operational Intelligence Officer and retired as a Commander honorably in 1986. Ned was stationed on the USS Oriskany, USS Sumter, and Carl Vinson Aircraft Carrier and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal with Gold Star, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Expert Rifleman Medal, Expert Pistol Shot Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service-Cluster, and Defense Meritorious Service awards during his service.
Ned and his wife Janet moved to Norfolk in 1976. Ned established the Norfolk Youth Soccer League, coached the first youth soccer team in Norfolk; the Larchmont Lobsters, and first travel soccer team from Norfolk; the Lafayette Admirals and instrumental in the formation of the June Fiesta Soccer Tournament. His passion for soccer and the Norfolk community provided boys and girls from all ages, all over the city to enjoy the sport.
Ned was a beloved husband, father, friend, and patriot. He was a Member of The Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Norfolk Yacht & Country Club, Cedar Point Country Club, and Norfolk Sports Club. He was an avid tennis and golf player. His hobbies included reading history, crossword puzzles, and spending time on the front porch in his Larchmont home with neighbors. Everyone that knew him will miss the wonderful stories and good times shared.
Ned has supported causes where good people do deserving things for good people. He supported The Northwood School, Memorial Sloan Kettering, United States Olympic Committee, George Bush Presidential Library, Veterans of Foreign Wars, National WWII Museum, United States Navy Memorial, Disabled American Veterans and Paralyzed Veterans of America.
His wishes were to rest with his family, the MacLeod's, in Spring Hill Cemetery, Lynchburg, VA.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 1, at the home from 1 to 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to any of the aforementioned charities. Online condolences may be offered to the family through www.hdoliver.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Feb. 27, 2014