Chelmsford, MA — Loving father of 11, grandfather of 33
Mr. Philip C. Tulley Sr. age 84, died at his home April 2, 2013, surrounded by his large and very loving family. He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy A. Tulley who passed away April 7, 2008. Mr. Tulley, the son of Thomas and Mary (Collins) Tulley, was born June 16, 1928, in Lawrence. He was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, and also the McIntosh School of Business. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the pacific during World War II. He was a member of the D.A.V. Mr. Tulley worked for Raytheon Corporation in South Lowell, Mass., for 38 years, retiring in 1991. He then continued a long and distinguished second career as a loving and caring grandfather and great-grandfather. He was proud of them all and their many accomplishments. He provided an endless number of hours doing what he could to make life easier for his children and their families. It was “Grandpa’s taxi service” providing rides and pickups all over the place; Sunday dinners where everyone was always invited; and summer vacations at Hampton Beach for one and all. Mr. Tulley enjoyed time with his friends at the Major’s Pub on Jackson Street. He had been a regular for over 50 years. He liked to play cards and later enjoyed his luck at keno. He especially enjoyed celebrating his Irish heritage on St. Patrick’s Day. Mr. Tulley is survived by his eleven children; seven daughters and four sons; Joanne Tulley, Mary Campopiano and her partner Ed Ganem, Sue Anderson and her husband Doug, Philip C. Tulley Jr. and his wife Jeanne (Couturier), all of Chelmsford. Patty Ann Tulley of North Reading, Robin McNeil and her husband Bernie, James Tulley and his wife Kristen (Davis), of Lowell, Joseph J. Tulley and his wife Janet (Whitcomb) of Dracut, Stephen Tulley and his wife Roberta (McGouldrick) of Arundel, Maine, Nancy Desjardins and her husband Peter of Tyngsboro and Martha Leone and her husband Peter of Tewksbury. He is also survived by his 22 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He also leaves his sister, Elinor Goodwin, of Lawrence, Mass., his sister-in-law, Anna Tulley, of Methuen, and his brother–in-law, Gus Fiori, of Lawrence, Mass. He is also survived by many cousins and a large number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers John and Raymond Tulley, and his sister Margaret Tulley. Our Dad was a very special man to us. Along with our Mother, they taught us the importance of family and sticking together. The bonds they created between all of us will live on in their memory.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visting hours will be held on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Blake Funeral Home, 24 Worthen St., Chelmsford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Parish, 115 Middlesex St., N. Chelmsford. Please meet at church. Interment in St. Patrick Cemetery, 1251 Gorham St., Lowell, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Philip’s memory and in honor of Patricia A. Tulley and Philip C. Tulley, III, to: Friends of Hathorne, Mail to: Hogan Regional Mail Center, Friends of Hathorne, P.O. Box A, 450 Maple St., Hathorne, MA, 01937. Attn: Scott Kluge. Funeral Director Paul A. Hardy, Jr. For online condolences, visit blakefuneralhome.com.