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TIRRELL, Stanley Alden "Stan"
TIRRELL - Stanley Alden Age 97, died at home, July 6, 2017 in Hendersonville, NC. Born to Henry Stanley Tirrell and Dorothy Alden Tirrell in Brockton MA, he grew up in Oak Park, IL. He graduated from Oak Park High School and from MIT with a degree in engineering and business. He was preceded in death by his sister Dottie, his brother John, his first wife Helen Kennedy Tirrell and son David Tirrell. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Sharon Tirrell; a son, Hugh Tirrell of Scottsdale AZ; daughters Susen Fagrelius (James) of Stillwater, MN and Priscilla Bisher (Frank) of Hampden ME; step daughters, Kristin Garrison (Edward) of North Palm Beach FL and Kamela Korot (Matthew)of Portland OR; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He attained the rank of Major in the US Army Air Corps, serving at the Material Command in Detroit during WWII. After the war, he moved to Buffalo NY, where he joined his father-in-law, in the commercial grain business. When the company was sold to Pillsbury, he continued to manage grain elevators and trade on the Chicago grain exchange for Pillsbury. He also worked as a labor negotiator. At age 50, Stan retired from the grain business and went to graduate school at SUNY Buffalo after attending Rochester Colgate Seminary for a year. He began a second career as child and family therapist at the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinic in Buffalo where he worked for ten year. He gained a specialty in child sexual abuse and served as an expert witness. He spent the last 15 years of his career in private practice. Stan was an active Episcopal layman serving Warden at Trinity Episcopal in Buffalo for 8 years. He was recognized at St. James in Hendersonville on his 95th birthday for singing in an Episcopal choir for 85 years. He also sang in the Buffalo Schola Cantorum and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus. He was board president of Church Mission of Help, an Episcopal counseling agency. That experience led him to family therapy. He also served on the boards of the Josephine Goodyear Foundation and the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinic. He acted, stage managed and directed in community theater. He served as President of the Studio Theater in Buffalo and of the Pamlico Players in Oriental, NC, where he spent his first few retirement years in the sailing community. He achieved his retirement goal of having a boat dock for his classic Hinterhoeller Nonsuch 30 in his back yard. Stan and Sharon moved to Hendersonville, NC in 2004. A Stephen Minister, Stan helped initiate a Stephen Ministry Program at St James the following year. He sang in the Carolina Concert Choir as well as the church choir. He also volunteered as a Guardian ad Litem advocate in court for children who were neglected or abused. Stan loved classical music and opera; sailboat racing; playing golf, squash and tennis; playing his Steinway parlor grand piano; reading history, poetry, biblical literature and Shakespeare and relating to people of all kinds. He was a true extrovert. A memorial service and celebration of Stan's life will be held at St James Episcopal Church in Hendersonville at 11 AM Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Memorial gifts may be made to the Tirrell Child Mental Health Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, 401 North Main St., Hendersonville, NC 28793.
Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Dir.