Edward J. ‘Mickey’ Tully, Jr., of East Brentwood passed away on May 28, 2022, from lung cancer. He was 86-years old.
A life-long resident of East Brentwood, Edward was born November 1, 1936, in Lakeview, NY, and moved to East Brentwood as an infant. Edward worked for the New York Telephone Company and its subsidiaries for 35 years, retiring as a lineman in 1991.
Enthusiastic for the outdoors, he loved the beach, boating, fishing, camping and woodworking in his basement. An active member of the East Brentwood Fire Department for 68 years (joining on November 1, 1954), ex-Chief Tully also served as a Fire Commissioner for over 30 years and served as a Suffolk County Deputy Fire Coordinator since 1986. He was an active member of the Suffolk and Nassau Counties Law Legislative Committee, the Islip Town Fire Chief’s Association, the Islip Town Volunteer Fireman’s Association, the Suffolk County Fire Chief’s Association and served as the President of the Islip Town Firefighters Museum. Edward was the first recipient of the Frank Ombreski Gold Medal Memorial Fire Coordinator Award in 2015 and the recipient of the Suffolk County Fire Chief Award in 2011.
He was preceded in death by his father Edward J. Tully, Sr., mother Bertha Tully (Johnson) and brother Robert M. Tully. Edward is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara Tully (Silvar), brother Lawrence Wilson, daughter Robin Wessels (Peter), son Edward J. Tully, III (Michelle), grandchildren Jennifer Pratt (Richard), Jessica Tully, Sean Tully, Kelsey Raffensberger (Charlie), great grandchildren Stella Pratt and Rex Pratt, and nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers family requests donations to the Islip Town Firefighters Museum, P.O. Box 674 Sayville, NY 11782.
– Fire News photos by Tim Edwards