Dorothy A. (Erskine) McTiernan, age 76

of Quincy

Dorothy A. (Erskine) McTiernan, age 76

Dorothy A. (Erskine) McTiernan, age 76, a lifelong resident of Quincy, died peacefully, Friday, July 31, 2020, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Quincy, to the late Alfred E. and Helen J. (Davidson) Erskine, Dot was raised in both Plymouth and Quincy. She was a graduate of Quincy College and worked up until retirement as a manager for Boston Financial Data Services.

Dot was a longtime active member of the Union Congregational Church of Wollaston and her faith in Jesus and her love for others was very evident if you met her. She enjoyed traveling, especially to visit her daughter’s family in Texas, and trips to the casino. Dot loved experiencing new things and meeting new people.

Dorothy gifted everyone she met with something, whether it was money, food, her humor, wit, great conversation or just a smile. She was quick with a comeback and was known by family and friends as “the prankster!” She was also known to be called the “Queen of the Silver Dollar” because that was her song and she sang it at family gatherings and events and would come out with her boa and sass. She was just the life of the party, and we’re sure she still is!

Dorothy was devoted to her family and friends, actively supporting their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved wife for forty years of the late John R. “Spanky” McTiernan, Quincy Police Dept.

Devoted mother of Doreen A. Vasseur and her husband John of Copperas Cove, Tex., Cindi Lee McTiernan and her husband Gordon of Marshfield.

Loving grandmother of Erin M. Johnson and her husband Chad, Cortney L. Scadden and her husband Matthew, John N. McTiernan, Matthew O. McTiernan, and Daniel A. McTiernan.

Cherished great-grandmother of Nolan, Teagan, Colbie, and Hayden.

Dear sister of Helen Jane Lutes of Quincy, Richard Erskine of Florida, and Alfred Erskine of Whitman.

Dot is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

Graveside Services will be conducted at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy on Monday, August 3, at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Those attending should enter from the Greenleaf Street gate. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

For those who wish, donations in Dot’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen Street, Suite 250, Framingham, MA 01701.


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  • My thoughts and prayers to the family. I am so sorry for your loss

  • RIP Dottie. Thanks for the many laughs and fun times!

  • No one could ask for a better sister. I will miss her dearly.

  • Sincere condolences to family and friends…she will be missed by many. 🙏🏻

  • So sorry for your loss. Wish I could be there with you during this difficult time. Unfortunately with everything going on I won’t be able to make it. Sending my love to you all.

  • Doreen and Cindy Lee,
    Words fail. She was such a sweetheart. All those crazy parties on Freeman St and AdamsSt. When she and Spanky became the Jeffersons. She was so good to all the guys on QPD. Always looking out for us. You know how much I loved your dad, he was so blessed to have her. Know the Queen of the Silver Dollar and the Hitman are rocking in Heaven right now and that is as it should be. Peace to the memory of one of the Best of All times.
    God Bless
    Tom B
    Lt. QPD Ret.

  • My sweet DOT, We had some memorable times in Quincy. Knowing you has been a non-stop fun,loving times for about 30 years. Will miss knowing that I will not hear you laugh, except in my memories. Say hi to Spanky ! I hold you and yours in my heart. Love, Edie

  • Dorothy was a great lady. She was a great friend and was like a mother to me. She will be forever in my heart💕

  • Sorry for your loss. Family is in my prayers.

  • Dear Cindi Lee, Doreen and family,

    I fell in love with Dorothy the first time I met her, summer of 1988. Her generosity, spirit, intelligence, kind heart and her humor will stay with me forever. She made me feel part of the family and I loved spending time with her, talking about life, love and being a woman.
    Her visit to Belgium and our trip to Paris were unforgettable, the way she connected with people – even the snobbiest of Parisian saleswomen – was amazing.
    A loving wife, mom and grandmother, a loyal friend, a funny and generous woman, she will be missed but never forgotten. There are so many stories to tell and I hope these will bring a smile and hope. In our hearts forever 💕💕💕
    Wishing you strength and hope,

  • I am So sad to hear of the Passing of Dottie ,,Sweet Lady and Loved by All who knew her . Unable to Attend on Monday but my thoughts and prayers will be present. She is with her Beloved Now and With God to Watch over her Family ,,Which was her world. Diane Burr

  • R.I.P. Dot. You had a heart of gold and helped every one..We had some good times at the Fore River Club House with you and Jack Oldies but Goodies..Thanks for getting me my job at B.F.D.S.

  • Cindi Lee ,Doreen, Helen, Al, Dickie, and all the family members – I am so sorry for your heart-wrenching loss. Dot was just the best person, so much fun, always with a funny quip, a kind word, wise advice, a cheerful smile; and generous to a fault! She will be sorely missed in this world, but where she is going she will see loved ones who have been waiting for her with open arms, and she will be happy and pain-free for eternity. R.I.P. Dot, we all love you.

  • I am saddened by Dot’s death. I was her Professor at Quincy College, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in Dot’s company. She was joyful, jovial, and always kind to everyone she met. May she rest in peace.

  • Jack
    Sorry for your loss ,prayers are with you remember the good times

  • Our thoughts and prayers are & have been with you. No words can express the feelings we have during this time. We’ve shared such wonderful memories with our families.

  • Doreen and Cindi
    I am sorry to hear about your Mom she was the best .
    She will be missed by all . I’m thinking of you all
    My sincere condolences ❤️👍
    Nancy Ball

  • Deepest sympathy to the family, lot of memories with Spanky & Dotti over the years.
    May you rest in peace till we all meet again in eternity.
    Sleep well Dorothy & say hello to Jackie.
    God bless,

  • Jim, I am deeply sorry for your loss. At least “Sparky” is again with his beloved.

  • To Dotty and John aka Spanky’s family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Keep your memories close in your heart as I will… Spanky and Dot may you be together again in eternal Heaven, and stop and say hi to Vito when you see him… God Bless

  • My aunt Dottie was wonderful person and a loving Aunt. I will always appreciate her time and interest in my life, my family, and my children. She will be missed by all of us.

    With love,
    James M. Erskine, nephew

  • So Sorry for your loss. Dotty was a wonderful person. She always had the nicest smile. Love and prayers to you all. Nina