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GLOUCESTER: Mary E. Tysver, 83, of Gloucester, passed away on Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Den Mar Health and Rehabilitation Center in Rockport.

She was born in Gloucester on December 7, 1932, daughter of the late Oliver J. and Charlotte M. (Hickey) Tysver.

Mary was a graduate of Gloucester High School, Class of 1951 and Mass Aviation Training School in Boston.

She went to work for Northwest Airlines in St. Paul, Minn. Upon her return to Gloucester, she went to work for the Gloucester Bureau of Commercial Fisheries. She applied and was accepted as a crewman for an 18 month trip around the world aboard the brigantine ship “Romance”. Her favorite stop was the Pitcairn Island, where she met and kept in touch with descendants of Fletcher Christian, and first mate of Capt. Bligh of the famous HMS Bounty. Returning home, she took a job with the Gloucester Police Department lasting 15 years as the Assistant Harbor Master, setting up all moorings for the waterfront. When her job was reassigned, she was appointed Assistant Senior Clerk to the Chief for the Gloucester Fire Department, retiring after 15 years of dedicated service.

She enjoyed equestrian jumping and taking flying lessons, where she later obtained her pilot license.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her sister, Lois Tysver Jay of Burlington; her brother, Oliver Tysver and his wife, Mary of Cedarburg, Wis. and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by two sisters, Joan Tysver Chiancola, Donna Tysver Dort and her brother, William M. Tysver.

Her Memorial Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church on Thursday, March 17 at 9:30 a.m. There will be no visiting hours. Per Mary’s request, the burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the Den Mar Health and Rehabilitation Center, 44 South Street, Rockport, MA 01966. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  March 12, 2016
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