Captain Ray Tumulty was a devoted family man and a gent
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.