Gerald F. “Jerry” Tully

February 11th, 2018

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.


19 Entries in Guest Book for “Gerald F. “Jerry” Tully”

  1. Tom Natola says:

    Father Tully and extended family,

    I am so sorry to read of your Brother’s passing. Please accept my sincere condolences.

    Tom Natola, Saint Thomas CCD

  2. Raymond G Jones says:

    You and your family are in my prayers. May God comfort you.

  3. Pamela Cinelli says:

    Judy and family
    I’m so sorry to for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I’m sorry l can’t be there Judy. Cathy and i are in Florida.

  4. James Comerford says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. I met Jerry several times on the job. He was a great guy and a good friend my prayers are with you.

  5. William W. Mann, Jr. says:

    My deepest sympathy to all the Tully family. I met Gerry on the job. From my first encounter, I knew he was a good man and could get things done.

  6. Ruth Goodwin says:

    Dear Judy and Family,
    So many comforting thoughts are yours on your loss of Gerry. I wish you all comfort and peace.
    My Love,

  7. Barry D Jordan says:

    With our sympathy for the Family. Worked many years with Jerry on the MSP and he was always a gentleman and a Great Trooper

  8. Grant Moulaison says:

    Judy– you and your family are in our prayers. Jerry-a GOOD MAN and a Great Trooper.
    Mary Ellen and Grant Moulaison.

  9. Warren & Carole Bailey says:

    Carole and I extend our sympathies to Judy and family.Jerry was a classmate in the 45th Tng Troop of the MSP.Sadly we are in Florida but our thoughts and prayers go with him and his family.

  10. Alyce Beal says:

    Dear Tully Family,
    I am very sorry for your loss, I worked with Jerry in A-Troop. Always had a great story and a gentleman. Prayers for you family.

  11. Charles Chisholm says:

    I’m sorry I cannot be physically with you, but I have been thinking of Jerry since I heard of his passing. He was a wonderful colleague and friend.

  12. John Schumaker says:

    Dear Tully Family,
    We are so deeply sorry to hear of Gerry’s passing. What a wonderful man and a great family. Always a friend, never far from our thoughts and prayers. Our best regards and sincere condolences to all. John and Karen Schumaker

  13. Hansens says:

    Dear Tully Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
    Donny, Claudia, Tessa, Dutch

  14. Jim Sartori says:

    MY condolences to the Tully family during this sad occasion of the passing of a good man and fellow Trooper Jerry. He will be missed by all that had contact with him. Always in my thoughts and prayers.
    Jim Sartori 47RTT

  15. Annmarie Catino says:

    Judy and family, so sorry for your loss. He was a good man and will be missed.

  16. Tom Leccese says:

    Dear Tully Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. He will be in my prayers along with his family.

  17. Bill Gable says:

    I enjoyed working with you while I was on WPD. You were a great inspiration. Thanks Jerry!

  18. Stephanie Zoltewicz says:

    Dear Karen and all of the Tully family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. He was an amazing person. Please accept my sincere condolences.Love,Steph

  19. David says:

    May the true God of the Heavens be with you and your family during your time of sorrow. Please take comfort in the words found at Psalm 34:17 &18

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