George Michael Tighe

George Michael Tighe

George Tighe

Bristol, VT – On March 4, 2021, George Michael Tighe passed away peacefully of natural causes.  George, the son of Irish immigrants, was born on February 18, 1934, in Boston, MA.  He moved to Bristol in 1972.  George is survived by two brothers, Joseph Tighe (and wife Kay) and Thomas Tighe (and wife Mary), both residing in the Boston area.  He was predeceased by his wife, Sandi and his first wife, Charlotte. He is survived by four daughters, Cindy Kelly, Nancy Barringer, JoAnne Dearborn, and Linda Parker, a son Paul Tighe, a step-son, Jeff Johnson, a step-daughter, Willow Wheelock, and many grandchildren. 

George spent most of his career as an educator, teaching Latin and English at Bradford Academy (now Oxbow Union High School) and then at Mount Abraham Union High School when it opened in 1968.  He retired from there in 1995 and then taught Latin part-time at Champlain Valley Union High School until fully retiring in 2000. 

In 2010, George received the Vermont Public Service Award for 34 years of public service.  The 2011 Bristol Town Report was dedicated to George for his many years of community service through many elected offices held since 1974.  This included being a Bristol Village Trustee (1974-1995), Bristol Town Moderator (1982-2004), and Justice of the Peace beginning in 1982.  He was honored as the Grand Marshal of a 4th of July Parade in Bristol as well.

George was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed visiting his daughter and son in Arizona during spring training season.

George was very active at the St. Ambrose Church in Bristol.  Services will be held at St. Ambrose Church on Tuesday, March 16th, at 11 AM (limited seating), and wearing a mask is required. For those who cannot attend in person the funeral services will be recorded and available to watch on the following Friday, March 19th on the Brown-McClay Funeral Home Website which the video will be located on the bottom of the obituary To send online condolences to his family please visit Burial at the Catholic Cemetery in Bristol will be arranged for a later date.

Donations may be made in his memory to Bristol Rescue Squad, Inc., PO Box 227, Bristol, VT 05443.

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Peter Straub
3 years ago

George was a gentleman. First year teachers have only one ‘first school’, a community that forever have a special place in their hearts. George, the consummate gentleman, was an integral part of my welcome and becoming a part of Mt. Abraham and Bristol. May he be wrapped in that kind of welcome as he joins the legion of angels. Rest in Peace, George. Rest in Peace.

Mary Harrison
3 years ago

For the family of George Tighe, I am saddened to hear about George’s passing and know that it must be difficult to lose your Mom and Father with such a short period of time. Sending love and blessing to you all.

3 years ago

So sorry to hear of George’s passing, I enjoyed our visits when I delivered from the pharmacy. Hugs to you Willow and family, he surely will be missed

Carol Thompson Bradford
3 years ago

My condolences to the family. Mr. Tighe was an awesome educator. His class is one of my happy memories of high school.

Julie Trevor
3 years ago

Magister Tighe, your lessons I will hold forever. May the angels welcome you to paradise and return to earth to comfort and heal the broken hearts among us. Daphne

Kathleen Audy Boyd
3 years ago

Mr. Tighe was an excellent teacher. I enjoyed my time spent in his class learning Latin. My thoughts go out to his family,

Ellen Danahy Liptak, MAUHS Class of '78
3 years ago

Condolences to the Tighe family. Magister was a top notch teacher and good friend to our family. He was such a great role model and I have many fond memories of his Latin classes.

Requiesce in pace

Kevin Danahy
3 years ago

Ave et vale, Magister.

Lois R Davis Thompson
3 years ago

To George Tighe’s dear family, thank you for sharing him with Bristol and the Mt Abraham Union High School community. May you find comfort knowing that his life served many and was appreciated. Rest In Peace George

Lori Centerbar
3 years ago

I will always have such fond memories of Mr. Tighe, first as a student at Mount Abe and later, as a colleague. What an amazing man he was to so many.

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