Carolyn Earl Tierney, of Montclair, died peacefully at her Sussex County home, “The Farm,” on Sept. 21, 2020, of ovarian cancer. She was 78.

As her nickname “Sport” implies, Mrs. Tierney was an avid lover of physical activities, skiing in Colorado with family and friends, kayaking with the “Yakkers,” golf and tennis in leagues, paddle tennis, where she held the executive director position of the American Platform Tennis Association for eight years, and her most recent passion, pickleball. She recently built a pickleball court at her home in Sussex, where she always encouraged and mentored play.

She traveled the world over, loving time spent in Ireland, Japan, Italy and at all four major tennis tournaments -- the U.S. and French opens, Wimbledon and, most recently, the Australian Open.

As the matriarch of the family, she insisted on regular family get-togethers, which were never impeded by geographic distances, COVID-19 or her illness. Family was her life and she was ours; she will be forever missed.

Mrs. Tierney is survived by her oldest sister, Mariana Strauch, and youngest sister, Michele Earl; her children, Keith (wife Karen) Tierney, Patrick (Lisa) Tierney, Elizabeth (Russell) Kane and Adam (Nicole) Tierney; grandchildren Molli, Shaylah, Luke, Keely, April, Cate Lyn, Lyndsey, Haley, Maggie and Abby, and many beloved nieces and nephews and friends across the country.

She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur; brother Charles Earl (Betty), and sisters Alicia O’Hare (Jack) and Frances Flanagan Earl. 

Visitation will be at Immaculate Conception Church, 32 North Fullerton Ave., on Thursday, Sept. 24, from 3 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be at the church on Friday, Sept. 25, at 10 a.m. For online condolences please visit