December 6, 1941 – November 16, 2020
Thomas Francis Culliney was born on December 6, 1941 to Mabel and Thomas Culliney Sr. At the time of his birth his sister Elizabeth was 13 years old.
Tom attended school here in Cohasset, and life in this small town was somewhat idyllic. When Tom reached the age of 12, his father Tom Culliney Sr., age 50 passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. Tom Sr. had been the Foremen for the Town of Cohasset Water Department for many years. He was also a volunteer fire fighter.
After graduating from Cohasset high school in 1961 he joined the United States Army as a military police officer. He spent the majority of his career in the Army stationed overseas and spent the majority of his tour in Germany and in France. When he returned home after close to 3 1/2 years he was lucky enough to obtain a position on the Cohasset police Department. He spent three years with the Cohasset Police Department, which during this time he met the love of his life who lived five doors down from him Judith Ann Taylor and they married in September 23,1967. Soon after they were married Tom pursued his career with the Metropolitan District Commission over in Hull. They purchase their forever home in Scituate and started their family. Their first born son Thomas Francis Culliney died two days after birth due to complications. On April 12, 1971 Tom and Judy welcomed there second child Richard Thomas Culliney. On April 2 1973 they once again welcomed a daughter, Lyn Barbara Culliney.
During this time Tom Culliney never stopped trying to advance his career. He spent 4 years at Anna Maria College receiving his undergraduate degree in criminology and then spent another 13 years of night school getting his Masters Degree in crimonology from Northeastern.
He never stopped working. But every night even if he was working a double he would take his dinner break and come home for a family meal. We would be playing outside and the cruiser would come down the road and he would either flash the lights or get on the intercom and announce it was time to get “AIS”. A— in seat.!!
When Lyn was in the 6 grade she decided she wanted to join the town soccer team. My dad thought that was an excellent decision and he was going to coach me. He got books from the library studied them and that year we won the girls u12 state championship.
If he was not at work, coaching Ricky and I on and off the field than any spare time he had in his week he came over to help his mom. His dedication to his family was exceptional. He never missed a football game, soccer game or a track meet. You could hear my dad cheering us on without the use of a megaphone,
Around this time the merger to the State Police occurred. He was promoted to Sergeant and was in charge of the drug task force team at the Blue Hills Barracks. After a few years he transferred to the South Boston Barracks. Due to his job taking up so much of his time he would leave an hour early every day so that he could spend some time in the car with me as I travelled to college in Boston. I will have to mention that with Every good Irishman comes an Irish temper. My father was not exactly pleased when I announced that I wanted to follow in his footsteps and join the Army National Guard. But he attended every graduation and pinned me at every promotion.
I married in 1996 and in 1997 gave my parents their first granddaughter, Kayla Mellissa. A softer side of my father emerged and the meaning of family grew stronger.
Tragedy struck us again on March 25, 2001 with the unexpected death of Richard Thomas Culliney (29). A blessing did come later that year with the birth of their second granddaughter Olivia Lauren Briggs. Her sweet nature and willing to giggle at everything reminded all of us of the uncle she never knew.
As tragedies comes they must come in threes because later that year my father suffered his first heart attack. After serving 35 years as a police officer my father decided it was time to retire and to start re-enjoying his family again. We took several trips down to their favorite vacation spot on Marco Island Florida, we took a family trips to Maine and then he and my mother for their 45th wedding anniversary took a three week tour of Ireland.
And if my family had not been struck by enough tragedy, in 2009 my father Thomas Francis Culliney fell down the cellar steps and broke all the vertebrae in his neck paralyzing him. After spending about three years in the hospital and rehabilitation centers my father decided it was time to come home. The challenges he had to face every day were unbelievable but he never gave up. The love between my parents only seem to grow stronger during this time. They would giggle and laugh like they were high school sweethearts. On March 6, 2016 tragedy struck us again with the loss of my mom. But my dad true to his self never gave up. He learned how to drive again and lived basically independently with help from numerous care workers and for the past five years help from me.
Before his death my dad was so proud to learn that his granddaughter Kayla earned her degree from Emmanuel College in psychology. And that his youngest granddaughter Olivia is now attending the University of Tampa.
Webster’s definition of a hero is a person who is admired or idolized for courage, outstanding achievements or noble qualities. You Thomas Francis Culliney are my hero
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Graveside Funeral Service
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
November 24, 2020
Lynn There is no words I can say other than how sorry I am for what your going through his will be so missed by everyone who knew him . I truly enjoyed my time taking care of him every Friday night he had so many stories about his time growing up. And how much he loved his visit to Ireland my home land. All his stories from when he was a kid playing football. To his yrs in Germany and France. Never a dull moment. And all the stories about Lilly and trips to beach. Loved talking about Lilly and of course Gretchen . I will miss him
November 24, 2020
I am very sorry for your loss. My lighthouse walking group and I had many pleasant conversations with Tom over the years and will fondly remember Tom and Gretchen sitting on the lighthouse boardwalk enjoying summer evenings.
November 23, 2020
Sorry to hear of your dads passing. I worked with him in South Boston. He was always a gentleman.
November 23, 2020
So sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I worked with him a long time in both the Blue Hills and Nantasket Districts. He was a good friend. He will be missed.
November 22, 2020
Lyn, we were so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. He will always be uncle Tommy to us. I have lots of memories of spending family holidays with Tommy, Judy, Rick and you. One day sticks with me when your dad took a group of us out to a field by the house to practice target shooting cans. That was quite an experience for me at a young age. I wish we got to visit with you and and your dad this year. We spoke a few times last year when my mom had gone into a skilled nursing facility. Your dad sounded great and he was always happy to talk to his sister when I would call. We will miss him.
Retired Association of Metropolitan Police
November 22, 2020
On behalf of the Retired Association of Metropolitan Police, please accept our most heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends during this time of sadness.
November 21, 2020
Lyn, we are both saddened and mainly for you. Yes, your Dad was amazing and a good man. Our hearts go out to you and your family. God bless you and may your Dad be celebrating a new life with your Mom, she also was amazing. We will miss Tom.
November 18, 2020
My heart goes out to Tom’s family, it was an honor to work with such a caring and wonderful man. He will be missed along with all of his funny story’s.