John W. Tisdell (#20110328) - November 16, 2009

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

Worcester, Massachusetts
July 13, 1920
2nd Lieutenant to Lieutenant-Colonel
83rd Infantry
Purple Heart with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star, European African Middle-Eastern Campaign Medal

Lt. Col. John Wallace Tisdell was born in Worcester as the son of George P. and Marie (Jensen) Tisdell.

John "Jack" Tisdell graduated from Classical High School in Worcester in 1939, and attended New England School of Accounting until 1941, when he entered the U.S. Army on January 16. He was wounded in battle and received three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for meritorious service in Normandy. He served with the U.S. Army Reserves and retired in 1980.

In 1946, he began a 34-year career with New England Telephone Co., retiring in 1980 as the division staff manager in the Public Service Department. John and his family settled in Swampscott in 1956, and lived there until 1987, when he and his wife retired to Nashua.
For 17 years, he held various positions with the Swampscott Little League, including several years as treasurer and president. He chaired the United Way Campaign of Lynn and was a member of the Board of Directors of Union Hospital.
After moving to Nashua, Mr. Tisdell was an involved parishioner at Immaculate Conception Church and was a former member and vice chairman of the Parish Council. Since 1999, he had served in numerous executive board and officer positions with the National 83rd Infantry Division Association (of World War II), and had been involved with various activities at Langdon Place in Nashua, where he lived for the past seven years.
He was the widower of Mary Donohue Tisdell.
Mr. Tisdell leaves his five children, John P. Tisdell and his wife, Darlene, of Amherst, Anne M. Tisdell of Worcester, Mass., Stephen A. Tisdell and his wife, Ellen, of Brentwood, Tenn., Dr. Elizabeth J. Tisdell and her husband, Terrence Miles, of Harrisburg, Pa., and David A. Tisdell and his wife, Betsy Rich, of Morrisville, Vt.; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Cecelia ("Teala") Bowe of Worcester.

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