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James F. Tully

1964 - 2015 BELLOWS FALLS, VT. The world has lost one of the good guys. James F. Tully, 50, died unexpectedly Saturday, June 27, 2015. He was born on December 6, 1964 in Jersey City, NJ, son of Frances (Marren) and the late John Tully. Jim graduated from Dickinson High School in New Jersey in 1982 and attended colleges in Colorado and Missouri, where he majored in Physical Education and was a two-time All-American football player. Jim married the love of his life, Kelley A. Cota, August 17, 1991 on a hot summer day in Rockingham, VT where they settled down and made their home. They loved riding motorcycles and traveling all over the country together to visit friends. Jim's passion and knowledge of motorcycles led many to him for his advice and expertise. A devoted husband and father, his son, Seamus, was his pride and joy. Together they spent thousands of hours training and traveling so he could achieve his dream of playing collegiate football. This February on National Signing Day, Jim looked on as Seamus signed his letter of intent and committed to play for Coastal Carolina University. Jim's coaching abilities centered on fundamentals, conditioning and training. He was involved in many football programs including Connecticut Valley Pee Wee, Bellows Falls Union High School, Windsor Jr. High, Kimball Union Academy and New Hampton School. Not only was he an amazing coach, but he was also a great role model for all the young football players whose lives he touched. Tully was a "Gentle Giant" that possessed an uncanny ability to love people unconditionally, and lend anyone a helping hand. It was often said that he was a "local" anywhere he went. People were drawn to this larger than life personality who could light up a room just by his presence. The consummate storyteller, he could keep his audience spellbound regaling them with anecdotes from the life and times of Jim Tully. His sense of humor was legendary. As Vice President of Operations at Cota & Cota, Jim was well respected by employees and customers alike. His common sense and no nonsense approach to life fit well into the New England values of the family business. If the sum of a man's worth is based on the amount of people who loved him, Jim's life was beyond value. His kindness, integrity and compassion will be greatly missed but never forgotten by the many people who were fortunate enough to have their lives touched by this very special person. As family and friends struggle to cope with his sudden loss they need only look to Jim himself and his constant reassuring voice "It will all work out". Jim is survived by his wife and son of Bellows Falls, VT, his mother, Frances of Pompano Beach, FL and four brothers; John (Jack) Tully (Connie) of Albany, NY; Robert Tully (Patricia) of Andover, MA; Michael Tully of Cincinnati, OH; and Philip Tully (Sharon) of Cedar Grove, NJ; his in-laws; Hugh and Carol Cota of Rockingham VT, his brother-in-laws; Sean Cota of Washington DC; Casey Cota (Jennifer) of Rockingham, VT, several nieces, nephews and many close personal friends. FUNERAL NOTICE: An Irish Celebration of Life will be held in Shepardson's Center on the campus of Vermont Academy on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 5 pm. Parking will be limited so please plan to carpool if possible. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the New Hampton School, The Jim Tully Football Project c/o Sandy Calhoun, 70 Main St., New Hampton, NH 03256 or New England Donor Bank at: https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/jim-tully/donate
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on June 30, 2015
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