Hannibal, Oswego communities mourn the loss of Jack Tyrie Jr.

by Carol Thompson

The unexpected death of former Hannibal school teacher Jack Tyrie has left the community in mourning.

Tyrie was a social studies teacher in Hannibal. He retired last year after 33 years and was an adjunct professor at SUNY Oswego.

Tyrie also served as a councilman on the Town of Oswego Board and was later elected as the town supervisor.

Tyrie died Monday evening, leaving those who knew him in shock.

Oswego County Legislature Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said he was in disbelief when he heard the news.

“Jack was a very  energetic and committed person to his family and his politics,” he said of his fellow Democrat. “He had a very good sense of humor.”

Legislator Amy Tresidder said she too is in shock over the news of the death of Tyrie. “Jack was one of those people who was always giving,” she said. “He offered joy, inspiration, service and friendship to anyone fortunate enough to have known him. I have not yet come to terms with this loss and I offer my most sincere condolences to his family.”

Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen said Tyrie was like family. “I was shocked,” he said. “I’ve known Jack for a very long time.  It’s more than losing a friend, it’s like losing family. I know Jack was a political guy but I didn’t know him that way. I knew him as a friend. He was a young man and he will be missed.”

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