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Comments for #FindTully https://helpfindtully.com Help Find Christopher Tully Sat, 31 Jan 2015 14:32:24 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.32 Comment on In Loving Memory of Christopher Tully by Ron Glinski https://helpfindtully.com/in-loving-memory/#comment-243 Sat, 31 Jan 2015 14:32:24 +0000 http://helpfindtully.com/?page_id=179#comment-243 My name is Ron Glinski, and I met Chris in approximately 1988 or ’89 at DPUSA. I used to go down with a group of guys from Staten Island. They went regularly. I did not. During taping, I was always in the background(which Chris would always bug me about), not caring whether or not I was on camera. In between taping, and during lunch breaks, some of us would battle, or just start a circle for fun. The first time I went into a circle with everyone there, Chris and I hit it off. We started talking afterward, exchanged numbers, and became friends. Every time I went down, I would show him some things that were going on in NY as far as dance, clothing, and music. He would absorb everything, and I would only have to show him things once. Eventually, I stopped going, but he and I remained in contact periodically.

One time, a few years after I had stopped going to the show, I drove down to Philly for a Phillies game with my brother and a friend. As we’re driving down Broad St. in S. Philly, I see Chris in the back of what I believe was a fruit truck- I forget, but maybe he was working at a fruit stand on Broad St. when he was younger? I drove around the block, and passed the truck again, and this time, yelled out to him. He disappeared to the back of the truck. I drove around again, and got out of the car. I called to the back of the truck, and he very hesitantly came toward me. Now, he and I hadn’t seen each other in two or three years, but had spoken on the phone. I literally had to remind him of who I was! We laughed, because we had spoken on the phone fairly often. He actually thought I was someone who he had issues with from his school. He asked me to drive him home, which was literally a block or two away, and we talked for awhile before he got out of the car, and went our separate ways. When I got home that night, I had a message from him on my answering machine, just laughing about what happened earlier.

When we were younger, and Chris wore a “tail” in the back of his hair, I used to tease him that “tails have been played out in NY since the early ’80’s, so get rid of that ridiculous thing!” He used to argue back that “we’re in Philly now, Ron!” On the rare occasions I saw him, I would always joke with him “Did you get rid of that ridiculous tail yet?”

The next time I saw him was maybe 6 or 7 years later, he came up behind me this time, and I was the one who didn’t recognize him! But it was great to see him. I was at a restaurant in S. Philly, sitting at the bar. He was at a table with some people. He noticed me, and came up behind me. We hadn’t spoken on the phone in probably two or three years at that point, but it was like we had spoken every day. But then again, that was Chris(and by the way, first thing I said to him was “Did you get rid of that ridiculous tail yet?). We’d talk every so often after that, and probably hadn’t spoken in three years, other than every so often on Facebook.

Now, I’m not going to claim to have been very close friends with Chris. But we were friends. Definitely more than acquaintances. I feel I knew him well enough, at least going back, to say that everything about him was genuine. It was real. I think sometimes when we say someone is “a nice person,” it’s taken as a bland, or neutral comment. I disagree. Sometimes, it’s the greatest comment you can give. And when I think of Chris, some of his best qualities are the simple ones. They came out in his dance when we were younger. It brought millions of teenagers across the country joy for many years. And while he danced for no one but himself(as any competitive dance does-and he loved to battle), it had to give HIM great joy knowing how much it impacted people- because he enjoyed making people happy. One thing I got from him at times was that he was a “people pleaser.”

As shown by the amount of people who were lucky enough to attend the services these past few days, Chris pleased a lot of people. He earned the respects paid to him by the thousands who stood on S. Broad in frgid temps to say “so long.” How did he do so? It’s easy to say that it was because of his creativity, his teaching ability, the friendship he offered to so many. There are many reasons. But there’s ONE underlying reason- Chris was a NICE PERSON.

It’s taken me days to write this, as I seemed to not be able to put this whole thing in perspective, even from afar. I am not certain that my words do my feelings and memories of him justice. But I am thankful for him, for getting to know him better through everyone elses memories, and Eddies stories and pictures, and thankful that this forum has been opened up to share and pay tribute to him.

So long, Chris, and thank you. Rest peacefully.

Comment on In Loving Memory of Christopher Tully by Jake Nisenfeld https://helpfindtully.com/in-loving-memory/#comment-239 Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:18:34 +0000 http://helpfindtully.com/?page_id=179#comment-239 I’ve started and deleted typing this message several times over the past few days. Every time I finished, I just could not submit it because hitting that “post comment” button felt like saying goodbye, and I wasn’t ready to do that.

Today I went to the visitation service for Chris. The amount of people there was s amazing. This was obviously a man whose lives Chris was part of was incredible to see.

In 2007, I left an industry that I was burnt out on, and took a job as an assistant at my old tech school, Middle Bucks Institute of Technology. I was lucky enough to be placed as the assistant in Chris’s classroom. Chris demanded nothing but their best efforts, from his students, but he also supported them, listened to them, and motivated them more than any teacher I had seen before.
He made time for each and every student to walk through his door.

I think it was the opportunity to work with him that secured my idea that I wanted to become a teacher. I loved watching Chris run a classroom, he made his students laugh, he made them think, he made them discover talents of their own that even they didn’t know existed.

While I worked my way through school to earn a teaching degree over the next few years, I would at times tell Chris about the intense education theories I was learning, and how I wasn’t sure they actually applied to a real classroom. Chris would be able to break things down into simple terms, tell me how they were used and even provide me examples of what he did in the classroom.
Over those 2 years I worked for him, it was like having a college advisor on demand at times. That was Chris, he always had time as long as it resulted in the person he helped making the most of the time themselves.

In the years after I left MBIT to start my own teaching career, I lost touch with Chris, as often times happens as we move between different stages of our careers. Occasionally, in my own classroom I would have questions about how to present a new lesson, and I would shoot an email to Chris an email. He would always get back to me that same day, often his responses would be a page long and full of ideas.

In the summers, I would occasionally run into Chris at a Phillies game. He always made me laugh. He would tell me about all the successful students in his program at MBIT, and the new things he was working on. He would catch me up with the successes and achievements of the students that were in his class at the time I worked with him. It was at those times Chris seemed the most proud.

In some of my higher education classes, I’ve heard professors state that with great teachers, their legacies are often the lives that person inspires. I think it is obvious that Chris inspired many including colleagues, and students. Many people learned from him. I know I did. Chris was an exceptional teacher; one of the best. I’m glad I had that opportunity to work alongside him.
This is a man who for a long time to come will be remembered.

So I choose not to say goodbye, just thank you.
Thanks Mr. Chris Tully for being who you were, a genuine, and inspiring person who always made anyone he came in contact with strive to be the best that they could be.

It was a pleasure knowing and working with you.

-Jake Nisenfeld

Comment on In Loving Memory of Christopher Tully by Grateful Mom https://helpfindtully.com/in-loving-memory/#comment-238 Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:59:51 +0000 http://helpfindtully.com/?page_id=179#comment-238 I am the Mother of a former student of Mr. Tully. My son was in Mr. Tully’s class every day for 3 years until he graduated from MBIT. I cannot express how grateful I am to Mr. Tully for the years my son spent with him. My son did not always have it easy at school or at home. In Mr. Tully’s class he found a place worth going, a teacher who genuinely cared, a mentor, and a friend. We all have concerns and worry about our children. We all also thank God when a person like Mr. Tully comes into their life. I knew that Mr. Tully genuinely cared about my son. He gave him special assignments that were perfect for my son both academically and socially. I have met and spoken with Mr. Tully several times and always liked and respected him. However, I feel I knew him much better than that because of all the wonderful stories my son would tell me about him. As anyone with teens knows this is not so usual a teen talking about their teacher with such admiration, respect, and quite frankly joy. I remember as soon as my son and I met Mr. Tully at a MBIT open house we knew immediately that this was the teacher and program for him. Mr. Tully was just an exceptional person. To all who knew him I’m so very sorry for your great lose.
Grateful Mom

Comment on In Loving Memory of Christopher Tully by Kerri https://helpfindtully.com/in-loving-memory/#comment-236 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:38:42 +0000 http://helpfindtully.com/?page_id=179#comment-236 I didn’t know Chris personally, I was one of his Dance Party USA fans. I remember having the biggest crush on him, and I had to go on the show and see him. So I lied about my age got the tickets and went of the show. Of course I did not even talk to Chris but being in the same room was enough for me. When I seen on Facebook he was missing it brought be back to Dance Party USA days and him being my crush. I shared every post on Facebook, I prayed for a safe return, and I also learned that Chris grew up to be an amazing person. I have read many comments from students and teachers whose lives he touched, I seen videos of the talent he has. My heart broke when I seen the post that they had found Chris, it felt like I lost a little piece of my childhood! My prayers are with his entire family! R.I.P Chris I hope your dancing on the highest cloud!

Comment on In Loving Memory of Christopher Tully by matt.kraft https://helpfindtully.com/in-loving-memory/#comment-235 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:20:54 +0000 http://helpfindtully.com/?page_id=179#comment-235 via email
Dear Marie, Ed, Eddie and family

there are no words that can change this tragedy, I don’t even know the pain for each of you, I know it’s deeps and a great lost to all… I send my deepest symphony and prayers.

Christopher will always be remembered for his beautiful smile, whit, intelligence, boldness, sweet voice, talent and commitment to being and doing the right thing and excelling when ever he could.

We have to wonder how someone so special can be so troubled. Will never know but we’ll remember, things and people aren’t always as they appear!

Christopher will be remembered and missed by many,

May Christopher find his peace in heaven.

sending love, heart to heart!

peace be with you all!

— Darlene Mea

Comment on In Loving Memory of Christopher Tully by matt.kraft https://helpfindtully.com/in-loving-memory/#comment-234 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:20:06 +0000 http://helpfindtully.com/?page_id=179#comment-234 via email
Christopher Tully was my teacher at MBIT. I never thought a teacher could make a huge impact on you until I met Mr. Tully. He was a friend, mentor and forever role a model. He taught me so many things in those three short hours five days a week. He made me become confident in myself. Before coming to his program I was a shy girl and was scared to do anything. I didn’t believe in myself. Mr. Tully helped me break out of that shell. He was the teacher who would listen to you and try to help you no matter what the case was. He provided me and so many other students with so many opportunities, he helped me learn and grow as a person. He went out of his way to for his students. He was the first teacher I know of to go so out of their way to help students. He wanted his students to succeed. He believed in every student he had. This, helped me to start believing in myself. You knew how much he cared about his students. Whenever he talked about his 3 boys in class you could tell how much he loved them. It would be impossible to pick a favorite memory with him. But, I everything he taught me in the Multimedia program will be something I will carry with me forever. I will never forget all the skills he taught me. I will never forget the laughs he gave me. I will never forget his stories. I will never forget all his learning lessons. I will never forget how much he went out of his way for us. I will never forget the conversations we had. I will never forget how he believed in me. He will forever be my role model. He has done so much for me and I will continue to thank him every day for this. I will miss you so much. We’ll miss you so much.

— Maura Finegan

Comment on In Loving Memory of Christopher Tully by matt.kraft https://helpfindtully.com/in-loving-memory/#comment-233 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:19:28 +0000 http://helpfindtully.com/?page_id=179#comment-233 via email
My name is Thomas Cabano. I was a student in Chris Tully’s class in 2007 and 2008. He always made the class fun and enjoyable, all the while still having us learn. Instead of boring lectures, we had hands on training and there was never a dull moment in the classroom. Even when it was quiet in the room, Chris would always say something funny that made us all laugh. Chris Tully is also the one who inspired me to go to college and pursue my dream in film production.

Comment on In Loving Memory of Christopher Tully by matt.kraft https://helpfindtully.com/in-loving-memory/#comment-232 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:19:00 +0000 http://helpfindtully.com/?page_id=179#comment-232 via email
My name is Rebecca Lake i never had mr. Tully but i know many people that did have him. He was a great teacher and cared for students he didnt even have. He was at every school event and when we had open house a couple of days after he went missing it was very hard to do it without him. He was always the guy saying “we can get through this or lets get this done”. He was such a great guy and he will be missed majorly at MBIT.

— Rebecca Lake

Comment on In Loving Memory of Christopher Tully by matt.kraft https://helpfindtully.com/in-loving-memory/#comment-231 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:18:19 +0000 http://helpfindtully.com/?page_id=179#comment-231 via email
I knew Chris as a teacher to my son. I will never forget the first Back to School Night at MBIT. My husband and I heard about how great Chris was in the classroom and how inspirational he was, but we didn’t expect what we felt that night. Chris had a magnetic personality and exuded enthusiasm. He gave us goosebumps. I remember being so excited for my son and the other students in the class because I knew their lives were about to change forever. As the year progressed, we saw the transformation of our son due to Chris’ influence. We also had the opportunity to experience a wonderful video created by one of Chris’ students with autism. The video was touching and well done thanks to Chris. The overwhelming message from the students was that they wanted to do their best and they would always encourage each other to be the best they can be.

I had the pleasure of having conversations with Chris when I saw him at Centennial where he would assist his students with filming the school board meetings. He never ceased to amaze me. He was the kind of person who motivated others to be their best. He made quite an impression.

My son graduated almost three years ago but fortunately ran into Chris quite a few times while he was working at an Apple retailer. They had great conversations and I know now that my son will always treasure the time Chris spent with him.

I know I will never forget Chris and will keep his family and students in my prayers. The loss is so great.

Take care,
Colleen Ruch

Comment on In Loving Memory of Christopher Tully by matt.kraft https://helpfindtully.com/in-loving-memory/#comment-230 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:17:35 +0000 http://helpfindtully.com/?page_id=179#comment-230 via email
During my graduating year in 2006 at MBIT Mr. Tully’s multi media class was working with our cosmetology class on helping us create video portfolios. A small group of us spent many weeks with him and his students on this project. As the year progressed I found myself spending more time in his classroom. His constant words of encouragement as I was preparing myself for MBITs graduation speech that year was very inspirational. Mr. Tully was always full of encouragement and always had a constant smile on his face in the halls. After I graduated I came back as an adult to study for my cosmetology teachers license and eventually became a substitute teacher at MBIT. For the past 8 years Mr. Tully and I would see each other in the office, hallways, classrooms, banquets and lunch( whenever I would sub). He always remembered who I was as a student and constantly told me how proud he was that I have come so far. He always took such a deep interest in all the students he knew and inspired us to never give up, that one day we would reach our dreams. I have taken many different career paths in the past 8 years and each time I subbed at MBIT he would laugh and ask what I was up to now; knowing it probably wasn’t the same as the last time I was in. About 2.5 years ago I saw him in the office and laughed as I told him “ I finally have a big-girl job!” Mr. Tully knew I always wanted to be a full-time cosmetology teacher at a Tech school and although that wasn’t the job I was talking about he shared the excitement with me. He still reminded me to never give up on the end goal and to continue to work hard. Although I wasn’t one of Mr. Tully’s students he always told us that he believed in us. He knew that we didn’t all believe in ourselves so his belief and positivity throughout the years is something that I will always cherish. I have been lucky enough to have so many great teachers at MBIT, including Mr.Tully, that is something that is unfortunately rare to find in instructors.

I just saw the heartbreaking update on the news tonight and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. There are so many great and positive stories from many other students and colleagues about Mr. Tully and hope these interactions help in knowing that he was such a great person in school. If there is anything I can do I would be more than happy to help any way possible.

My sincere condolences,

Heather Post