TYRRELL, James Stephen "Steve", 90, died Saturday, Nov. 17. Steve was a long time program director at WEDU-TV and a familiar face to viewers during the station's fund-raising drives. He was born in Chicago, IL, and moved to Florida after serving in the Army Air Corps during WWII as a radio operator in India and China. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago in classical languages and received his master's degree in education from the University of Florida. Steve was a founding member of St. Jude's Catholic Church and remained active in the parish throughout his life, serving as a Eucharistic Minister, altar server, speaker at Cursillo weekends, and provider of communion to the homebound. He received the St. Jude Medal Award from Bishop Robert Lynch in 2010. As a volunteer, he raised funds for Pregnancy Plus and transported patients for the American Cancer Society. In the early '50s, Steve taught at Lealman Junior High School, where he met his first wife, Grace. She predeceased him in 1984. His second wife, Regina, predeceased him in 2011, as did his daughter Mary Ellen in 1994. He was assistant principal at Tyrone Junior High School before moving to WEDU. Steve enjoyed performing in Little Theater and Children's Theater productions. He is survived by sons, Michael (Kristi), James (Leah) and John (Sarah) and his daughter, Stephanie. He has seven grandchildren, Rebecca, Andrew, Kelly, Katie, Alec, Jimmy, and Austin. He was devoted to the family of Regina Kenney Tyrrell, Elaine (Steve), Joyce, John (Judy) and Lisa (Jay) and grandchildren. Friends will be received at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle (Our Lady's Chapel) on Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 5-7 pm, with a prayer service at 6 pm. Funeral Mass will be 1 pm Wednesday, Nov. 21, in Our Lady's Chapel. A special thanks to the staff at Suncoast Hospice House Woodside. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Association or Retarded Citizens of Putnam County in Palatka or Suncoast Hospice House Woodside. Online memorial & guestbook @ www.brettfuneralhome.net Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services; 727-321-3321
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Nov. 19, 2012