Eric S. Tyrer

07/24/2012 4:59 PM |

Eric S. Tyrer died July 19 at Riverhead Care Center, where he had resided for 18 months. He was 84 years old and had lived in Riverhead for 14 years.

He was born April 18, 1928, in Liverpool, England, to Doris May (Dolson) and Alfred Tyrer, and was educated through the ninth grade. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from May 14, 1946, to May 31, 1947, ranked private first class. He married his fiancée, Dolores, on Sept. 2, 1951, in Floral Park, N.Y.

Mr. Tyrer lived for 38 years in Greenport and worked as a butcher at the A&P supermarket there for 37 years, receiving the chain’s 25-year service award. He was a member of Greenport Fire Department’s Relief Hose Company No. 2, Greenport American Legion Post 185 and the Greenport Rescue Squad, and was a Cub Scout scoutmaster.

He was a history and horticultural enthusiast, according to family members, and enjoyed photography, reading, woodworking, construction and playing with his grandchildren.

Mr. Tyrer is survived by his wife, of Riverhead; his sons, Gordon, of Southold, Timothy, of Eustis, Fla., and Keith, of Riverhead; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter, Patricia Irene Tyrer, in 1957.

Arrangements were handled by Horton-Mathie Funeral Home in Greenport. Interment with Roman Catholic rites was at Calverton National Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Department of Pediatrics, in New York City or St. Francis Heart Center in Roslyn, N.Y.

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