On Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, Pat Tully Jr. of Eliza-bethtown, passed away peacefully of natural causes.
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Pat was born in Danville, on April 11, 1956. He was the second child, and only son, of Barbara Miller Tully and William Patrick Tully Sr.
He lived a full life that was dedicated to helping others and was fiercely loved by his family.
Pat was a 1974 graduate of West Hardin High School and he received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Western Kentucky University. As a social worker, he was a fearless advocate for children, youth and families, working at Lincoln Village Treatment Center, Glen Dale Children's Home and Kentucky State Reformatory. He retired earlier this year from his position as a service coordinator with the Impact Program at Communicare Inc. Pat truly went above and beyond for the families with which he worked. He never hesitated to stop midway through a meal to answer a call from a concerned mother or to make home visits in times of crisis. He was driven not by obligation, but rather by the simple fact that he cared. Through his dedication, Pat touched the lives of many. He had a unique ability to understand and connect with people from all walks of life.
He was, at his core, a man of strong conviction. He believed in opportunity regardless of circumstance and championed equality in all forms.
Pat was a fine craftsman. In his spare time, he enjoyed building model cars and, much to the delight of his 2-year-old grandson, Patrick, building and flying RC airplanes. He also was an avid reader. He had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and loved any opportunity to learn or to share what he learned with others. He was well-versed in many topics, especially history, politics and music.
Pat is remembered as a wonderfully gifted musician, singer and songwriter. He was a master of multiple instruments and his talent was showcased for years in several different bands, locally and throughout the country. He also utilized his musical abilities working as a sound engineer for a local recording studio.
Pat took great pride in his Irish heritage and rich family history. He loved telling and collecting stories about his ancestors.
He was deeply devoted to his family. He was a strong and loving support for his mother after the death of his father, Coach Pat Tully Sr., last year. He also was a loving brother, truly cherished by his three sisters. His daughter, Caitlin, described him as "the very definition of a loving parent and grandparent."
Pat was proceeded in death by his loving wife of nine years, Marike Roth Tully of Cape Town, South Africa; and his father, William Patrick Tully Sr. of Elizabethtown.
Pat is survived by his mother, Barbara Miller Tully; his daughter, Caitlin Tully Szabo, his son-in-law, Sandor Szabo and his two beloved grandsons, Patrick Tully Szabo and Owen Ferenc Szabo, all of Elizabethtown. He also is survived by three sisters, Deborah Eversole (Mike) of Louisville, Karen Tully Simmons (Doug) of Elizabethtown and Deirdre Tully McCamish (David) of Hartford, Conn. He also leaves four nephews; a great-nephew; three nieces; two aunts, Clara Tully of Louisville and Doris Tully Farzan (Sattar) of Fairfax, Va.; and several cousins.
A celebration of the life of Pat Tully Jr. is at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at The Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.
His daughter also is collecting stories about Pat to compose a book of his legacy to share with his grandsons. To send memories and/or to confirm attendance to the memorial, contact Caitlin Tully Szabo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The News-Enterprise on Oct. 16, 2013