Trish Bier Obit

Patricia Joan Looney (Bier)

November 10, 1960 - September 27, 2021

Andrews Mortuary and Crematory Market Street Chapel - Wilmington Obituary

Patricia Joan Bier Looney passed away from cancer at age 60 on September 27, 2021, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She was born November 10, 1960 in Baltimore, Maryland, and was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Joan Bier. Trish is survived by her husband Tom and her two sons JJ and Dennis. She was an amazing wife, mother, sister, sister-in-law, godmother, niece, aunt, cousin, and friend.

Trish and Tom met in the late ’70s in college at Mt. St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD. After four years of dating, they married in 1983 - celebrating their 38th anniversary this fall. With a double major in French and political science, Trish launched her career at the World Bank, just blocks from the White House in Washington, DC. With her confidence, wit, and charisma, Trish could have led any boardroom to change the world, but chose instead to be the world to others. Trish became a full-time homemaker as she and Tom started their family, with sons JJ and Dennis, to whom much of her love and attention was dedicated over the years.

Her boundless love of family was demonstrated through her immaculate planning of family trips and holiday parties, while never missing a birthday, graduation, engagement, or marriage. Trish and Tom’s unparalleled dedication and attention to each other was evident throughout their wonderful marriage, capped off in the last 14 years where Tom and she worked to develop a protocol for his health that has allowed him to continue making lasting impacts in the community that are synonymous with his name. The other two loves of her life, her sons JJ and Dennis, were her pride and joy. Her welcoming attitude and masterful ability as a hostess made her son’s friends love heading to the Looney home for events like prom, graduation celebrations, and holiday parties, not to mention outrageous Halloween parties for Trish and Tom’s own close friends over the years. A Cape Fear Academy mom for 14 years, she attended many sporting events with an appropriate ratio of enjoyment and concern, always with a trunk full of snacks and drinks. Trish was a beacon of strength and empowerment to all of her friends, always extending thoughtful advice and insights into the most difficult situations. Ever dedicated to the role of hostess, her dinner parties were legendary. Trish’s warmth and social grace ensured that each guest she greeted felt they were the most important addition to any gathering.

Her love of Mount Saint Mary’s, her college alma mater, was shown in lifelong friendships including her husband Tom. Trish made an indelible mark on everyone she met. Her strive for perfection kept everyone in awe and led to well-planned Cub Scout outings, Cape Fear Academy events, bake sales, book clubs, fundraisers, and gourmet groups. Trish was an avid traveler - her number one destination being France, traveling the countryside solo on foot while meeting other adventurous souls, always ensuring to stop by Paris to make her visit to Sainte Chappelle. Her adventurous spirit has and will be an inspiration to all travelers that knew her - echoed in the words of her aunt, we cannot imagine a world without Trish in it.

Trish concluded her battle with cancer in a way that encapsulates the energy she put into life. She demonstrated grace, dignity, elegance, and provided a sense of overwhelming comfort to all of her loved ones. We miss you, Babe. We miss you, Mom. We miss you, Trish. Thank you for everything.

Trish is survived by sisters Jane Maslowski (Duane) and Tracy Bier, brothers Joseph (Lynne), and Andrew Bier, sister-in-laws Maryanne Walsh (George - deceased), Patricia (James) Nebus, Bernadette (Robert) Everhart, brother-in-laws Sean (Lynn), Paul (Kereth), Tim (Anna), and Bill (Debbie) Looney, and many loving aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Service will be held on Friday, October 22 at 10:00am at St. Mark’s Catholic Church. All are welcome to attend the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to Mt. St. Mary’s University Annual Fund.