Stephen A Tyrrell

Born: Mon., Jun. 25, 1951
Died: Sun., Apr. 26, 2020

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Stephen A. Tyrrell, 68, of Lovettsville, has been received in his heavenly home.  He courageously fought early onset Alzheimer’s Dementia for the past several years and now our good Lord has called him home.
Mr. Tyrrell was born in Delhi, NY on June 25, 1951, growing up on a dairy farm in the Catskills, skiing at the local ski centers, graduating from Delaware Academy in 1969, graduating from Delhi Tech in 1971, and in 1973 graduated from Clarkson University with a BS in Civil Engineering.  He joined VDOT’s 2.5 yr. trainee program upon graduation, moving to VA.  Steve’s childhood dream of becoming a highway engineer came true.   He later tested for and passed his Professional Engineering exam and received his P.E. license.  Steve retired from VDOT on September 1, 2017 with over 44 years of service as a Sr. Engineer.
Steve met his future wife Bonnie in the spring of 1974 – introduced by a VDOT employee and mutual friend, Sylvia Leathem.  They were married on August 2, 1975. Together they enjoyed tennis, golf, bike riding, going to airshows, and projects in their home.  Their family consisted of a wonderful daughter, Christy- a family Steve loved with all his heart.
Airplanes were Steve’s passion from a very early age and he enjoyed building and flying radio controlled airplanes.  Dave Brown, a fellow VDOT employee and best friend, taught Steve how to fly his Stearman Bi-plane.  Together they shared many adventures in the air and on the ground at The Flying Circus.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Bonnie S. Tyrrell, daughter Christy M. Tyrrell both of Lovettsville, nephew Derek Sturdevant and wife Debbie (sons Cody and Benjamin) of SC, sister-in- law Karen S. Ennis and husband Steve, John Ennis and wife Jenn ( daughters Taylor, Hannah and Abby)  of Fredericksburg, Jamie Ennis Duffy and husband Kent of Arlington, Charlotte Sturdevant of California, Dave Brown of Warrenton, Grace Ross of Berryville, and many cousins and friends. Steve was predeceased in death by his parents, Maurice and Helen Tyrrell and his sister, Kathleen Tyrrell Sturdevant. To honor Steve’s love of flying, we will have a special day of celebration for him at the Flying Circus later this year, Steve’s “Happy Place”.      
Memorial contributions may be made to The Retreat at Berryville, 450 Mosby Blvd. Berryville, VA 22611, Blue Ridge Hospice 333 W. Cork St. #405 Winchester, VA 22601 or to The Flying Circus 5114 Ritchie Rd. Bealeton, VA 22712.

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Laycock Terrie
   Posted Thu May 07, 2020
Bonnie and Christy, please accept my sincere condolences on Steve’s passing. Steve and I were colleagues for many years. I worked for Loudoun County on transportation projects. Steve’s efforts were integral to many road improvement projects you see in Loudoun today. As he and I would work through the Six Year Plan he would often speak of both of you. I know how much he loved you both. I missed him when he retired as no one knew Loudoun’s finances from the State for roads more than he did. I pray he is at peace. My best, Terrie Laycock

Thomas Butler
   Posted Thu May 07, 2020
Bonnie, Carol and I would like to extend our sincere sympathy and prayers to you and Christy at this difficult time. I think Steve and i worked about 23 years together at VDOT In the Loudoun Residency. We understand the difficulties added during this time associated with the COVID19 virus with the recent death of my 103 year old mother. Let us know when you are able to celebrate Steve’s life at the Flying Circus. May you find comfort and peace with the long lasting memories you shared as a family.

Karen and Steve Ennis
   Posted Sun May 10, 2020
We send our love and condolences at this time of loss. We will certainly miss Steve but know that he is at peace. Will always remember all the special times we had shared with Steve, you and Christy. God Bless you both now as you journey forward.

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