James "Jimmy" McCullagh died peacefully on the afternoon of April 5th, 2021 at the home of his niece Deborah and her husband Mike Dellabianca in Branford Connecticut. He was 81 years old. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, he was the eighth child out of nine belonging to Herbert and Annie McCullagh. At the age of 18 he joined the Merchant Navy of the United Kingdom and left Belfast to travel the world for the better part of a decade. He lived the majority of his life-more than forty-five years-in New York City where he owned an antique shop with his former wife. Over his life he pursued multiple careers ranging from trucking to the food service industry, and worked as a waiter at Ben Benson's Steak House in Times Square. An avid life long tennis player, he retired at age 70 and moved to Williamsburg, Virginia, where he spent ten glorious years playing tennis nearly every day with a community of fellow players that welcomed him with open arms. Unable to remain idle in retirement, he worked part-time at the McCormack-Naglesen Tennis Center at the College of William and Mary, where he became a beloved fixture especially among the children who attended youth clinics and lessons. He is survived by his sister Kathleen Faloon and her husband Gerard Faloon in Atlanta, Georgia; his brother John McCullagh in Melbourne, Australia; and many grand nieces and nephews across the United States, Ireland, and Australia.
Published in Virginia Gazette on Apr. 10, 2021.