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John Alden Tirrell Obituary
John Alden Tirrell 87, of Marblehead, Mass. died peacefully at home on Wednesday 27 March 2013. Mr. Tirrell was CEO and a founder of Marine Systems Corporation, a marine engineering firm incorporated in Boston MA in 1973. Mr. Tirrell was born in Saugus, MA in 1925, the son of James and Beatrice (Bragg) Tirrell. Mr. Tirrell was a disabled veteran. During WWII, he served in Europe in the US Armys 34th Infantry Division and earned a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and an Expert Rifle SS Carbine Badge. After the war, he attended Boston University, was a member of the BU Crew, and graduated in 1950 with a degree in Physics. He later became a Registered Professional Engineer. After being employed at GE in Lynn MA, where he met his wife Audrey L. Tracey of Marblehead, he worked at the Boston Naval Shipy ard from 1954 until it close d in 1973. Marine Systems Corporation was launched that year and has grow to include branches in San Diego, CA, Norfolk, VA and Panama City Beach, FL. He was the brother of the late James Tirrell of Lynnfield, Charles Tirrell of Nahant, and Beatrice Sweeny of Lynn. MA. He is survived by his loving family including his wife Audrey, with whom he had celebrated over 60 years of marriage, in addition to four daughters and their families including Loretta Bogosian and her husband Zaven Bogosian, Tracy Tirrell and her husband Scott Snow, Cynthia Tirrell-Norton and her husband Edward Norton and Mary Beth Tirrell, all of Marblehead. He is also survived by his grandchildren John-Pietro Valentini and his wife Heidi Valentini, of Marblehead, Ashley Valentini, of Boston, and Adam and Aliza Bogosian, Luke and Liam Norton and Phaedra Tirrell, all of Marblehead. Mr. Tirrell is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. A memorial visitation was held at the Eustis Cornell Funeral Home, 142 Elm Street, Marblehead on Monday April 1st from 12-3 pm. Contributions in his memory may be made to Disabled American Veterans @www.DAV.org or P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250. Please visit the online guestbook for John at www.eustisand cornellfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Marblehead Reporter from Mar. 29 to Apr. 5, 2013
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