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James "Scot" McTiernan

May 10, 1937 — August 13, 2023

MCTIERNAN, JAMES “SCOT”, 86, of York, ME formerly of Woodcliff Lake, NJ died peacefully on Sunday, August 13, 2023, after a brief illness. Beloved husband of the late Mary Lou McTiernan née O’Connell (2011), loving and proud father of Lynn Mary McTiernan of Hoboken, NJ.

Scot was born in Glasgow, Scotland in May of 1937 and moved to New Jersey at the age of 13. Scot was a US Army Veteran, serving from 1960-1966. Before retirement, he worked for Hoffman La Roche as the head of the Package Development and Design Division. Scot and Mary Lou vacationed in Maine for many years with their extended family before retiring there in 2000 after raising their daughter in Woodcliff Lake. An excellent host, Scot had an open-door policy and treated his daughter’s friends as his own. Scot was immensely proud of his Scottish heritage, and each year was ever hopeful that the Giants would prevail. He loved Maine, his family, his friends, and was always ready for a good time, a bar stool, and a glass of Cabernet and conversation with his people. People gravitated towards Scot and he collected friends from all walks of life. Many of his friends became family, and we are eternally grateful for the myriad ways they enriched his life.

Scot leaves behind his daughter Lynn McTiernan of Hoboken, brother Frank McTiernan and his wife, Debbie, of Waldwick, NJ, goddaughter Kelly Matesic and her husband Mario, and their children Cameron James, and Avery. His sisters-in-law Eileen Sudol and Jeannie O’Connell and Elizabeth O’Connell, his beloved nieces and nephews Lisa and Ronnie Murillo, Christie Sudol, Godson David and his wife Lexie O’Connell, James and Kristine O’Connell, and Lauren O’Connell, and his great and great-greats Jessica Murillo, Patrick Russo, Tyler Russo, JC Murillo, Jenna Murillo, Liam O’Connell, Kate O’Connell, James O’Connell, Joseph O’Connell, Eiley O’Connell, Jordan Murillo, Logan O’Connell, Aria Taylor, Aiden Navvaro and Jameson Russo. He was predeceased by his wife Mary Lou (2011) his father and mother Francis and Margaret (nee Daly) McTiernan and numerous cherished and missed family members.

Friends and family will be received on Thursday, August 17th from 4 - 8 PM at Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 113 South Farview Avenue, Paramus. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 18th at 10:30 AM at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Westwood Cemetery, Westwood, NJ.

A celebration of life in York, Maine will be held at a future date.

Professional funeral arrangements entrusted to John P.L. Manke with Manke Memorial and Vander Plaat Memorial Home, Paramus. Please visit Scot’s Tribute page at  or
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Thursday, August 17, 2023

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Friday, August 18, 2023

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Friday, August 18, 2023

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