The Words of the Tully Family

In Loving Memory of Our Dear Brother Joe Tully -- June 29, 1946 -- October 13, 2010

Joshua Cotter
October 2010

Mr. Joseph Allen Tully was born June 29, 1946 in Texas (his family was traveling at the time). Joe grew up in the small town of Naalehu on the "Big Island" of Hawaii. Joe lost his dad in a traffic accident when he was quite young. He went to a prestigious boarding school, Hawaii Preparatory Academy, from grade school through high school years. Joe was an athlete who excelled at football, and was named to the Hawaii All-State team as both an offensive and defensive player in the same year.

Joe attended and Graduated from Stanford University. He joined the Unification Church in San Francisco in early 1970. Joe became the leader of the large New York branch of the Unification Church for many years, and was always one of the very best lecturers in America. He assisted Rev. Sudo at Barrytown and was quite active with the fight against communism. Joe worked with our headquarters at the New Yorker Hotel, and then was one of the founding members and President of the American Constitution Committee (ACC), under the guidance of Dr. Bo Hi Pak. During the era of transition after the fall of Communism, Joe also spent time in the Ukraine and the Crimean peninsula teaching Divine Principle workshops.

Joe suffered a massive heart attack, followed by quadruple bypass surgery in 1987. In 1989, Joe returned to his home state of Hawaii, where he began the Hawaii Freedom Coalition in Honolulu. During that time True Parents would visit Kona, Hawaii often and upon seeing Joe at prayer-study meetings, would frequently call on Joe personally by name

Joe Tully and Victor Jessop were the two primary 'founding fathers' of True Father's High School of the Pacific, and to Joe's last day, he remained loyal to Father's vision for HSP and the school's vital mission to Pacific Island students. Since that time Joe has worked tirelessly in the education and political arenas to support the family unit in Hawaii through education about absolute sexual morality and related issues. To that end, Joe together with other prominent leaders in the Hawaiian community worked to found the Hawaii Family Coalition, a grassroots organization dedicated to protect traditional family foundations and values in Hawaii. Joe suffered a stroke just days after launching an inaugural series of HFC workshops here in Hawaii.

Joe and his wife Sanae were blessed in the 1800 Couples Blessing in 1975. Sanae passed away in 1999 and they are survived by five children in the following order: daughters, Bumi, Mi Hwa, Jamie and Hyo Ja, and son David.

Let us continue to keep Joe and his family in our prayers. If you would like to offer donations for the Tully family, please contact Rev. Jorg Heller at our national headquarters office.

May God bless your family.

Reverend Joshua Cotter
Executive Vice-President

Our beloved elder brother, Mr. Joe Tully, passed into the spirit world on October 13, 2010, at 11:45 am, Honolulu, Hawaii, due to complications resulting from stroke, heart attack and finally kidney failure.

Joe, an 1800 Blessing couple has been a national level leader for many years working in many different areas in our movement, including National Messiah for Guatemala, CAUSA, American Constitutional Committee, and American Freedom Coalition.

Just before passing he, together with Leon Siu (longtime AFC member and Ambassador for Peace) and other leaders recently launched the Hawaii Family Coalition (a grassroots' coalition to promote True Family Values and ethics and to stop the destruction of marriage and family that is going on in schools, legislatures and businesses).

Joe is survived by his five children Bumi, Miwha, Jamie, Hyoja and David.

The Seunghwa Ceremony for was held Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 10:00 AM at the Moanalua Mortuary (1150 Kikowaena St., Honolulu, HI 96819)

This notice was written and provided by Revered Ernie Ho, Unification Church Hawaii State Director. 

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