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Vernon  Russell  Tisdale
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  • Mattapoisett Community Sailing Association
    P.O. Box 947
    Mattapoisett, MA 02739

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“I'm so terribly sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to all of you. I know he will be greatly missed by so many. My deepest condolences to you. ”
1 of 18 | Posted by: Denise (Strum) Lang - Hanover, MA

“My deepest sympathy to you, Ann, & your family. I first met Vern as a freshman at Nasson. As Med Tech major, I took many chem classes - spent...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Martha Moody - Essex, CT

“I met Vern during my first job at Waters. What a great guy! I looked up to him as a professional, as a person and liked him immensely as a friend. I...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Jenny Olsen (formally Grant) - MA

“To Ann and Family-May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Kathy Wichland - Keene, NH

“To Ann, Lindsay, Tracy and Nate,With our deepest sympathy,Gail and Tom Miskell ”
5 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“So sad to hear of Vern's passing - he was a very successful member of our Nasson College 1969 graduating class. Our prayers for his family to let...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Sandra Keliher - Sheridan, TX

“I am so sorry to hear of Vern's passing. I will never forget his warmth, his ready wit, and his ever present smile. Jim and I extend our sincere...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Marilyn (Anderson) Chetwynd - MA

“I went to 9th grade with Vern. He was such a great kid. Thank you for sharing memories of him with people who only remember him as a young man. So...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Joan Pitcher Hildreth - Easton, PA

“I knew Vern for many years. All of us at Waters respected Dr. Tisdale. A wealth of scientific knowledge. He was great to have discussions with and...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Mark Andrews - West Dennis, MA

“Vern was the most resilient person weve ever known. We admired his sense of humor and positive attitude. ”
10 of 18 | Posted by: Emily and Russ Mills - Spofford, NH

“Vern was only in our life for 6 years but in that short time we shared laughter and such a kindred spirit as deep as if we were lifelong friends. We...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: sally & Bert rinehart-Boyce - NH

“A courageous, wonderful, kind, loving family man who will be missed by all. ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Jeane Shaw - Keene, NH - friend

“I have so many wonderful memories with Vern and his family. Growing up with Lindsay, I was always welcomed into his own with kindness and laughter. I...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Theresa Conley - Denver, CO

“I only knew Vern for a relatively short period of time when we worked together for Waters Corporation but it was long enough for me to know what a...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: David Deans - Manchester, UK

“I was so sorry to hear this news and my thoughts of with Vern's family and friends. I'm based in the UK and worked for Vern at Waters. When he was...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: David Hardy - Lymm, Cheshire, UK

“Deepest Sympathy on the loss of a very courageous man who lived a full life despite all odds. ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Frank & Joyce Celli - Eastham, MA

“I admire his strength for fighting cancer for so long. We didn't know him well, but we are glad that he is now at peace. Please accept our...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Cindy Cantlin - NEW PORT RICHEY, FL

“Dear Andee,Lindsay,Tracy and Nate,Vern was a beacon of light,hope and love that will forever shine in the hearts of many..His wit,humor and strength...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Patricia Collen - NAPERVILLE, IL


Vernon Russell Tisdale of Fairhaven and Mattapoisett formerly of Westwood died peacefully on January 25 surrounded by his family at Brigham and Women's Hospital after a 23 year battle with cancer.

Loving husband of Ann (Schultz) Tisdale; brother to Donald and Sheila Tisdale of Walpole, NH, Robert and Dianne Tisdale of Keene, NH, and June and David Kanter of Lebanon, CT; brother-in-law to Susan and Thomas Wyman of Keene, NH.

Vern will be cherished and remembered always by his three children and their spouses Lindsay and Jarlath Forde of Dover, MA, Tracy and Joshua Orr of Cambridge, MA, and Nathan Tisdale of Fairhaven, MA. He will forever be a loving Papa to William, Marin, Caroline, Hugh, Amelia and Katie and a favorite uncle of his many nieces and nephews.

Born in Jamaica, New York to Joseph and Doris Tisdale; the family moved to Keene, NH when Vernon was 12 years old. Vern was a basketball letterman at Keene High School where he met the love of his life, Ann Schultz. She was two years his junior and a cheerleader for his basketball team. The two married in 1969 and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with many friends and family. The love they shared was one of a kind.

Vern attended Nasson College in Springvale, ME where he played both basketball and golf and graduated Cum Laude with a degree in chemistry. While at Nasson, Vern traveled to Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) representing the school as part of the Experiment in International Living. This experience instilled in him a love of travel and different cultures. He went on to receive his PhD in organic chemistry from Purdue University, graduating in 1976 and moving to Chicago, IL for his first job with Sherwin-Williams. Vern had a long and successful career in sales and marketing with cutting-edge scientific instrumentation companies including PerSeptive Biosystems in Cambridge and Framingham and Waters Corporation in Milford. During his career he was able to rekindle his love of travel while working extensively throughout Europe and Asia promoting strategic partnerships. Ann was able to join him on many of his trips sharing these adventures. Vern retired from Waters Corporation in 2017.

He was a very involved dad supporting his children in their many sports and activities like learning father-daughter dances, coaching baseball and basketball, assisting with science projects and teaching Sunday school. His support continued for his grandchildren attending school and sports events and sharing a love of his hobbies with them.

Vern was an avid boater, enjoying the peace and quiet of a boat under sail. His love of sailing began as a young man in Keene where he sailed on Spofford Lake. This love became a lifelong passion for all things boats - searching, buying, collecting, selling, and sometime restoring. His favorite boat was his beloved Butterfly, a boat designed and built in Mattapoisett which he moored there for nearly 30 years. It was this boat that lead to his discovery of the seaside towns of Mattapoisett and Fairhaven that he loved so much.

In addition to boating, Vern loved golfing with his son and friends, antique homes, vintage woodworking tools, gardening, his Honda Element, and a good German beer.

During his long battle with cancer, Vern continued to remain positive, upbeat and hopeful to the very end. His faith in the science of medicine ("Better Living Through Chemistry," was what he always said) helped keep him optimistic about the future. Even his many doctors commented on his positive outlook and his interest in the science behind his myriad treatments. Ann continued to be his cheerleader throughout his illnesses and hospitalizations, buoying his spirits if they ever did start to dip. His strength and courage will be remembered by us all.

Donations may be made in Vern's memory to the Mattapoisett Community Sailing Association, P.O. Box 947, Mattapoisett, MA 02739

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours in the Holden, Dunn and Lawler Funeral Home, 55 High Rock St., WESTWOOD on Thursday Feb. 6th from 4-7pm. A Funeral Service will be celebrated at The First Parish of Westwood United Church, 252 Nahatan St., Westwood on Friday morning Feb. 7th at 11am. Interment private.

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