Born in Albany, New York, he was the son of James Francis and Margaret Mary Soule Tully, and was a graduate of St. John’s Academy in Rensselaer. He attended Hudson Valley Community College before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in 1969 having served two tours during the Vietnam War era prior to enlisting and serving in the U.S. Navy. Military history was a special interest with a focus on both parents’ simultaneous WWII postings to the South Pacific. Naval military history led him to track and verify the extensive lists of ships his father served on as a naval Radio/Radar consultant, further adding extensively to the family archives.
Jimmy was extremely proud of his Irish heritage and as such was immensely enamored in his family genealogy as well as his interest in the military. Family genealogy was a life-long hobby, tracing the family roots from Ireland and uncovering the families’ paths and unearthing collaborating records.
A skilled and accomplished trade and craftsman, he also loved construction and woodworking. He was an avid gardener, truly a “green thumb” with a focus on unique and heirloom plants and seeds, both vegetables and flowers. He enjoyed many trips and extensive stays to the Adirondacks, camping/hiking/canoeing/fishing/ lake life which was indeed his “happy place”.
Survivors include one sister; Maureen Tully Lopez (Dr. Jaime), three nieces and nephews and 7 great nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held at the John J. Sanvidge Funeral Home, Inc., 565 Fourth Avenue (Corner of 115th Street in Lansingburgh) Troy, NY 12182 on Friday, November 25, 2022 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. followed by interment with military honors at 2:30 p.m. at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd., Schuylerville, NY 12871. A livestream of the military honors at the cemetery for those wishing to join will be available at 2:25 p.m. on Friday by using the link and information below
Meeting ID: 854 1151 2014
Those desiring, may make memorial contributions to a local veteran’s organization of your choice or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516 or on-line at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=10043 in memory of James Jay “Jimmy” Tully.
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