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Thomas E. Tyre 1926 - 2008 ARLINGTON, VT. Thomas Edward Tyre, of Mohegan Lake, N.Y., Arlington, and West Melbourne, Fla., passed away peacefully at home in Arlington on Nov. 26, at the age of 82. The son of William F. and Catherine McCaffrey Tyer, he was born on July 4, 1926 in Pittsfield and raised in Lee, Mass. In June 1943, at the age of 16, he joined the Marines and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II with the 13th Regiment of the 5th Marine Division. He saw action as a forward observer in the invasion of Iwo Jima and witnessed the raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi. From September 1945 to April 1946, he served as part of the occupation forces in Japan. After his discharge, Tom attended St. Michael's College in Winooski, Vt., and graduated in 1951 from the University of Maryland. He earned a JD with Distinction from George Washington University Law School in 1954 and an LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University Law School in 1957. A practicing attorney for 46 years, he began his career with the Internal Revenue Service in 1954 and subsequently worked as Tax Counsel for the Weyerhaeuser Corporation in Washington and then as a partner in the New York law firms of Clark, Carr & Ellis and Casey, Tyre, Wallace & Bannerman. In 1985, he opened a law office in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., from which he retired in 2001. He was admitted to practice before the Bar in New York, the District of Columbia and the United States Supreme Court. He was a former Lecturer for the American Law Institute and a past member of the American, Federal and New York State Bar Associations. Active in civic and charitable organizations in the communities where he lived, he was a past President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 18, Peekskill, N.Y., was elected to the Board of Education of the Ossining School District, and was a former Board member and Treasurer of the Shattemuc Yacht Club in Ossining. At the time of his death, he was the Legal Officer of the 5th Marine Division Association and a member of the American Legion, Post 69 in Arlington. An avid reader of history and a storyteller, he had recently taken up beekeeping and was a member of the Southern Vermont Beekeepers Association. His 28-year marriage to Frances Voisin ended in divorce in 1978. He leaves his daughters, Patricia V. Tyre and her companion, Thomas Chiappetta, of Norwalk, Conn., and Peg Tyre and son-in-law, Peter Blauner, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; his sons, Daniel M. Tyre and daughter-in-law, Amy, of Paradise Valley, Ariz., and Thomas E. Tyre, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Alaina, of Needham, Mass.; four grandchildren, Mac and Mose Blauner and Eli and Sally Tyre; a brother, Donald Tyer of Wheaton, Ill., and a cousin, William Tansey of Windsor, Vt. He is also leaves his longtime companion, Elisabeth K. Baker of West Melbourne, Fla., and Arlington, and her family. He was predeceased by his brother, William F. Tyer of Lee. FUNERAL NOTICE: Interment will be held at the St. Mary's Church Cemetery in Lee, Mass., on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, at 11:30 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. at St. James Church in Arlington, Vt. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the 5th Marine Division Association's BAR on the Beach Sculpture Project or the Arlington Recreational and Park Committee, Inc. in care of the HANSON-WALBRIDGE FUNERAL HOME, P.O. Box 528, Arlington, VT 05250. For directions or to send personal e-mail condolences to the family, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 1, 2008
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