John Patrick Tyrrell
Heritage Funeral Chapel - Peoria
6830 W Thunderbird Rd
Peoria, AZ
Tyrrell, John Patrick
John Patrick Tyrrell, age 37 of Glendale, AZ passed through the gates of Heaven on Jan 7, 2013 in Phoenix. John was born in Poughkeepsie, NY and moved with his family to Arizona in 1980. An elite high school track athlete, John continued his career as a member of both Arizona State and University of Arizona's track teams. John loved music, sports (particularly New York Giants and Notre Dame football), animals, philosophy and his family, especially his daughter. He was very health conscious and recently became interested in mixed martial arts. He was very proud of his Irish heritage, intending to travel abroad to Ireland upon his college graduation. As a student in the College of Social Work at ASU, John was a 3-time member of the Dean's list and looked forward to graduating with his degree in June 2013. He hoped to become a Certified Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counselor. John will be terribly missed by his parents, John and Ann Tyrrell, his grandfather Al Areno, his brother Joe (Kelly), his sister Beth Simek (Tony), his daughter Stanzi, nephews, niece, aunts, uncles, cousins and his many friends. A memorial service will be held on Jan 14 at 6PM at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 W. Thunderbird Rd. Peoria, AZ. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Arizona Humane Society are appreciated.

Published by The Arizona Republic on Jan. 11, 2013.
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i shared johns .,.story on intervention in aug 2021 from sydney australia`and it broke my heart. im sad for you and pray for your family....
August 5, 2021
You and your family were always very special to us. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May you rest in peace.
Rich and Nancy Cherry
Richard Cherry
January 28, 2013
My son ran track and cross country with you and Joe at Moon Valley. I had the privilege of watching you run many times. You were an amazing athlete with such a beautiful stride and strong desire to achieve. You made it look so effortless. Your father was so very proud of you and Joe. May you rest in peace. Tyrell Family, we are so very sorry for your loss.
Ferreira/Schrade Family
January 21, 2013
RIP my friend you will forever be missed. My condolences and prayers to all of the Tyrrell family. John was a good man.
Angie Lucas
January 20, 2013
I'm going to coachella this year in your honor.
January 16, 2013
My condolences to the family. I knew John from a social work class we had taken together at GCC. He was the first person that talked to me. He was always really polite and he was an awesome writer. You will be missed my friend.
Danielle Douglas
January 16, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Jeff and Jessica Mackey
January 16, 2013
You were always a great friend John A.K.A. Dr. Doom the drum bass ruckus maker. I'll miss all the great drum and bass dj mixes you always put down at parties and raves. We had a lot of great times in Phoenix and L.A.. See ya on the flip side one day buddy. You will be missed friend. May your family be blessed during this time of hardship.
Lydon Keith VanGundy
January 15, 2013
Rest In Peace
January 15, 2013
Doctor Doom RIP bro you will be missed!! My condolences to the family, we have lost a very talented young man. I am so sorry for your loss.
BGormey for my son DylanGormey aka KillaBeat
January 14, 2013
My deepest condolences to the family, especially to his mother, father and siblings. May God's presence fill you with peacefulness during this time of extreme sadness.
Lizzette Camacho
January 14, 2013
RIP John. You are in our prayers. So sorry to the family, you all are in our prayers as well.
Crystal and Joe Tromba
January 14, 2013
Sorry to hear about your loss of your son John. He was a good man. I remember him from Moon Valley, being an fantastic athlete and a great man in his studies as well. May He have Blessed Repose and Eternal Memory. With deepest Sympathy during your time of sorrow.
Linda Sopiak
January 14, 2013
Where did all the years go? They seem so fast now. I would change so many things if given a second chance, but knowing you gave me the best friend I could ever have on this trip. I would pick you a million times. You were always the fastest, I hope you let me catch up to see you again someday. Love and miss you always brother
Daniel J Frayer
January 14, 2013
I will miss you! Rest in peace!
Renee Springer
January 13, 2013
If I could post a video in John's honor, I would post the clip of Mr. T going off on Rocky Balboa in Rocky III
Joe Tyrrell
January 13, 2013
My brother,
I remember when we would go for a run together at night and we would laugh about how identical our shadows on the ground looked. I know when I run your shadow will still be there even if I can't see it. I will hear you saying, "Do you want to be the best? Or do you just want" I miss my brother, my running partner, my shadow. I love you John. Talk to me...I can hear you.
Joe Tyrrell
January 13, 2013
May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.

May the raindrops fall lightly on your brow.
May the soft winds freshen your spirit.
May the sunshine brighten your heart
May the burdens of the day rest lightly upon you.
And may God enfold you in the mantle of His love.

May we live in peace without weeping.
May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing.
And may our love fill the world, angel wings tenderly beating.

For the test of the heart is trouble
and it always comes with years.
And the smile that is worth the praises of earth
Is the smile that shines through the tears.
Kay Simpson
January 13, 2013
Kelly Tyrrell
January 13, 2013
John, I will miss you always. You will live in our hearts forever.
Kelly Tyrrell
January 13, 2013
Such a great person and incredible athlete so many of us looked up to.
Tim Mazich
January 13, 2013
My heart breaks for the family. I remember competing against John in high school and always loved his encouragement and overall attitude. Loved that we reconnected through FB. Peace be with you.
Steve Ybarra
January 13, 2013
This was a saying only John and I knew the meaning of and we laughed so hard over it--"paint can"?
Ann Tyrrell
January 13, 2013
Once, in a little pond, in the muddy water under the lily pads, there lived a little water beetle in a community of water beetles. They lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond with few disturbances and interruptions. Once in a while, sadness would come to the community when one of their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and would never be seen again. They knew when this happened; their friend was dead, gone forever.

Then, one day, one little water beetle felt an irresistible urge to climb up that stem. However, he was determined that he would not leave forever. He would come back and tell his friends what he had found at the top. When he reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the surface of the lily pad, he was so tired, and the sun felt so warm, that he decided he must take a nap. As he slept, his body changed and when he woke up, he had turned into a beautiful blue-tailed dragonfly with broad wings and a slender body designed for flying.

So, fly he did! And, as he soared he saw the beauty of a whole new world and a far superior way of life to what he had never known existed. Then he remembered his beetle friends and how they were thinking by now he was dead. He wanted to go back to tell them, and explain to them that he was now more alive than he had ever been before. His life had been fulfilled rather than ended. But, his new body would not go down into the water. He could not get back to tell his friends the good news. Then he understood that their time would come, when they, too, would know what he now knew. So, he raised his wings and flew off into his joyous new life!
May we all find peace and comfort in John's new found peace and comfort. Rest in Peace, my friend. xo
Tina Robinson
January 13, 2013
John... Thanks for all the memories, miles, and smiles.
Matt R.
January 13, 2013
RIP John. We have so many fond memories from the Garden Drive days! !
Laurie&Rich Ackerman
January 12, 2013
John, you were always a welcome guest in our home as a friend to both my sons (Bud & Eric Frayer), and it seemed you were a part of our family. Your light will always burn bright in our hearts! And, our prayers go out to your family. Fly with the angels John!
Melinda Halsall
January 12, 2013
As a teacher, I remember John as an outstanding student and athlete at Moon Valley High School. My sympathy goes out to all his family.
Allen Bauer
January 12, 2013
John, you were such a great friend while we were teammates at ASU. I remember only laughs and great times. You will be missed.
Geoffrey Owers
January 12, 2013
He was our North, our South, our East and West,
Our working week and our Sunday rest
Our noon, our midnight, our talk, our song;
I thought that love would last forever, I was wrong.
You are forever in our hearts, John and you will be forever missed. Love you
Beth, Tony, Andy &Matt Simek
January 12, 2013
My you find peace, and your family find comfort. God is good, and an Angel has come home.
Helen Garcia
January 12, 2013
John, I will miss you. I know you are at peace. Til we meet again.
Ann Portillo
January 11, 2013
I will miss our conversations and laughs. I love you my friend and will miss you so much. I send my thoughts and hugs to your family.
Wendy Lamaestra
January 11, 2013
John we miss you so much our beloved son. Love Mom and Dad
January 11, 2013
My heart aches for you and your family. God be with you all.
Lacea & Grant Eaton
January 11, 2013
John thank you for being the Best Friend Danny ever had, Im blessed to have had you apart of my life for the last 15 years. I will always hold dear to my soul the humor, laughs, and loyalty you gave to my family. The struggle is over, I endure this pain of lossing you with a willing heart knowing you can finally Rest In Peace. Save me a dance, Danny a hug, and our children a funny chilhood story of you and their daddy! Love you to the Heavens and back Everlong xx Paige Frayer
Paige Frayer
January 11, 2013
May you fly with the angels John u will be missed so much....Rest In Heaven
tawnya field
January 11, 2013
RIP my friend I will miss our late night chats. Your were always one of my good friends.m You gave me so life long advice. Im really going miss you my friend
January 11, 2013
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you His peace.
Karen Ratti
January 11, 2013
My the footprint you left seen for all to remember where you have been and where you were going..i will miss you at peace and watch over us with your light...
Chris Champion
January 11, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!
Shauna Mackey
January 11, 2013
January 11, 2013
My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to your family!! You will be missed! ?
Patricia Laurick
January 11, 2013
May you rest in peace and find serenity to surround you.
Wendy Gullick
January 11, 2013
Forever in my heart, little brother.
Beth Simek
January 11, 2013
Dear John,
You were our North, South, East and West, Our working week and Sunday rest
Our noon, our midnight, our talk, our song; We thought that love would last forever, We were wrong.
You will be forever in our hearts. We love you and miss you every day!
Beth,Tony,Andy&Matt Simek
January 11, 2013
We were all looking forward to seeing John at our 20 year high school reunion. He will be in our thoughts.
Class of '93
Jennifer Smith-Izzo
January 11, 2013
John, you are now with The Lord. I hope you find peace. I remember baby sitting you guys and the fun times we had. You guys were the younger siblings I never had. We will always remember the fun times we had on Garden Dr. You will be missed my friend. May you RIP. Denise Abbitt-Gerdes and family.
Denise Abbitt-Gerdes
January 11, 2013
Blessings John, the Lord be with You always. Look down and Bless and help heal Your Loving Family. Cousin Kaye Bartolotti
January 11, 2013
John, we will never forget you and always love you.

Love, Aunt Patty and Jimmy
Patricia Areno
January 11, 2013
May your light burn for eternity.
Joe Tyrrell
January 11, 2013
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