OBITUARY: Gerald F. “Jerry” Tully, 77

WILMINGTOn, MA — Gerald F. Tully “Jerry”, Ret. Staff Sergeant Massachusetts State Police, age 77, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on February 10, 2018, with his family at his side.

Jerry was born on October 8, 1940, in Malden, MA; he was the dear son of Francis and Margaret Tully. Jerry was raised and educated in Malden and was a graduate of Malden Catholic High School. Jerry went on to continue his education at Boston University where he earned an Associate Degree in Aeronautical Technology.

Following college, Jerry, took a position as a Trooper with the Massachusetts State Police. While with the State Police, Jerry enlisted in the Army National Guard and was activated in December of 1963. When Jerry finished his active duty assignment he was transferred to the Massachusetts Army National Guard and attended Officer Training School. Jerry continued his career with the Army Reserves for countless weeks and weekends throughout his 28 years; he moved up the ranks and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Following his honorable discharge from active duty with the Army, Jerry returned home to his family and back to his duties with the Massachusetts State Police. Jerry was well read and had a thirst for learning; he went back to college where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in education and Social Service from Boston University.

Jerry went on to teach criminal justice and homeland security for several Municipal Police Academies, U Mass Lowell, Western New England University and Bunker Hill Community College. Jerry was an excellent professor who had great teaching skills and vast knowledge in his field; Jerry was very instrumental in helping many students succeed in their careers.

Jerry’s talents didn’t end in the class room; he was a multi-talented musician who played several instruments, including the drum in the Massachusetts State Police Pipes & Drums Band. Jerry really enjoyed performing at special events and marching in countless parades over the years.

In his spare time, Jerry enjoyed going to his lake house at Lake Winnisquam in New Hampshire with his family and friends. During the winter months, Jerry also looked forward to going to Florida with his wife Judy, where they enjoyed the sun and sand.

Jerry will be fondly remembered for his unconditional love and devotion towards his family, friends, and co-workers. Jerry treasured the time he spent with his grandchildren and was very proud of each and every one of them. Jerry was always more than willing to help anyone in need; he was dearly loved and will forever be in the hearts of those who loved him.

Jerry was the beloved husband of Judith A. (Green) Tully, devoted father of Karen Richardson of Tewksbury, Brian Tully of York, ME, John Tully of Wilmington, Mark Tully & his wife Nancy of Foxboro and Maura Puleo & her husband Robert of Chesterfield, VA. Loving “Papa” of Bradley, Janine, Jason, Daniel, Logan, Conor, Riley, Megan, Amanda, Katelyn, Brendan, Kevin, Matthew, Emily, Grace and Caroline. Cherished son of the late Francis P. and Margaret (Sullivan) Tully, dear brother of Rev. Eugene Tully of Wilmington and Kevin Tully of Malden. Brother-in-law of Edward & Eugenia Green of Wakefield and the late Jack Green. Uncle of Tanya Green.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, February 15th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 14th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Gerald’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675.

(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)

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