Retired Judge and Former District Attorney John Tierney died on Friday at the age of 83. His death was first reported by the Standard Times.

Tierney was appointed Superior Court Judge in 1990 by then-Governor Michael Dukakis and he served 12 years on the bench.  Before that, Tierney served as District Attorney in Bristol County from 1975 to 1979, and then returned to private practice before  the judicial appointment

Tierney left the Superior Court at the mandatory retirement age of 70, but he kept active with the law.  He joined a private dispute resolution firm, working with parties to settle legal issues outside the courtroom.

He was the husband of former New Bedford Mayor Rosemary Tierney  Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Saunders-Dwyer Funeral Home In New Bedford.