Cap­tain Ray Tu­multy was a de­voted fam­ily man and a gent

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

CAP­TAIN Ray Tu­multy re­ceived full mil­i­tary hon­ours dur­ing his funeral ser­vice held in St Pa­trick’s Church on Satur­day.

Ray was born in Gal­way in 1931 but spent a great deal of his life liv­ing in Wick­low town af­ter mar­ry­ing the love of his life, Teresa.

Ray was the el­dest of three broth­ers. Their fa­ther, Ross, was one of the early mem­bers of An Gárda Síochána and served with the Ir­ish Guards dur­ing the Great War.

Ray joined the De­fence Forces in No­vem­ber 1950 as a mem­ber of 25 Cadet Class and was com­mis­sioned as an In­fantry Corps Sec­ond Lieu­tenant in No­vem­ber 1952.

In June 1957, he mar­ried Teresa in Bun­do­ran and set­tled well into a mil­i­tary ca­reer. His ser­vice in Ire­land was var­ied and in­cluded In­fantry, Air Corps and Mil­i­tary In­tel­li­gence.

In 1960 he was one of the first Ir­ish troops to carry out UN ser­vice and was based in the Congo as a young Cap­tain and Sec­ond in Com­mand of an In­fantry Com­pany with 185 per­son­nel. He joined 3 In­fantry Group in Cyprus as a re­place­ment in De­cem­ber 1964 and con­tin­ued with 4 In­fantry Group as As­sis­tant Quar­ter­mas­ter un­til June 1965.

He left the army aged 36 in 1967 and worked ini­tially in Hu­man Re­sources. He spend some years as HR Man­ager with Calor Gas and also worked with IBEC.

Ray held var­i­ous other po­si­tions down the years, in­clud­ing sit­ting on the Gov­ern­ing Body of Moun­tjoy Prison for six years and was also Vice Chan­cel­lor of Dublin City Uni­ver­sity for five years.

He was also asked by the Govern­ment to pro­duce a re­port on the Eco­nomic Man­age­ment of the School Bus Sys­tem.

Ray was one of the found­ing fathers of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­tired Com­mis­sioned Of­fi­cers and was its first Pres­i­dent from 1993 to 1995.

Ray’s mil­i­tary back­ground meant he was a part of many marches and com­mem­o­ra­tions. He took part in the 1916 Com­mem­o­ra­tion Marches of 1966, 1968 and 2016. He also rep­re­sented Re­serve Of­fi­cers at the State Funer­als of Pres­i­dents De Valera and Childers.

Ray fea­tured in the last Bat­tal­ion from Le­banon to pa­rade through Dublin and also par­tic­i­pated in the St Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade in New York and the World Veter­ans Pa­rade in Copen­hagen.

He was an­nu­ally in­volved in the Kil­main­ham Day of Re­mem­brance Com­mem­o­ra­tions held in the Royal Hos­pi­tal and at the British Le­gion an­nual Cer­e­mony of Re­mem­brance and Wreath Lay­ing.

In 2010, as the first Pres­i­dent of ARCO, Ray led a group of re­tired of­fi­cers to NATO, Brus­sels, Menin Gate, Ypres, Theip­val Tower in the Somme; the Ir­ish Peace Park in Bel­gium and Chad French HQ. He laid wreaths on be­half of ARCO at Ypres (Menin Gate); Theip­val (Somme) and Ir­ish Tower (Messines Ridge).

The most im­por­tant thing to Ray was fam­ily and his wife Teresa and their daugh­ters Au­drey and Les­ley. In later years he loved spend­ing time with his grand­chil­dren, Ben and Me­gan, as well as his great-grand­chil­dren Sam and Ari.

Ray was also a keen gar­dener and de­vel­oped his gar­den on the Rocky Road in Wick­low town based on gar­dens he saw on the French and Ital­ian Riviera. His gar­den was ex­hib­ited for four years in the Wick­low Gar­den Fes­ti­val.

In 2014, Ray’s beloved wife Teresa passed away and he spoke openly about how much he missed her and how he hoped to be re­u­nited with her.

Ray was a much-re­spected mem­ber of the lo­cal com­mu­nity and the es­teem with which he was held was best ex­em­pli­fied when he was made Grand Mar­shal of the 2017 St Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade in Wick­low town.

May he rest in peace.

The late Cap­tain Ray Tu­multy.

Ray Tu­multy as a younger man.

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