On Memorial Day, 2016, the corner of Q St. and Nantasket Ave. was dedicated to the memory of William Tierney, who once served as the HRA’s relocation director. The following letter was received by the HRA from Hull resident Charlie Gould.
William Tierney was honored by the Town of Hull by having a square dedication at Q Street and Nantasket Avenue named for him on this past Memorial Day. This commemorated his service to the community, state, and nation in World War II and the Korean War.
Bill was the relocation director for the HRA. He relocated well over 100 people from the urban renewal area and also numerous businesses.
His family roots in Hull ran deep. His grandfather, Dr. Sylvester, was one of the town’s physicians. Marie, Bill’s mother, lost another son in the service of his country during World War II. She is honored as a Gold Star Mother at the Hull Cemetery. Hull honored Marie and Matt’s son by naming a street for him. It is located on Allerton Hill.
Prior to being appointed relocation director by the HRA, Billy Tierney was a schoolteacher and a naval officer.