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Carl J. Tamulevich, Sr.

Carl J. Tamulevich, Sr.

Feb 3, 1943 - Jul 17, 2022

Carl J. Tamulevich, Sr. - Obituary

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me. My father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that? I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” John 14, v. 1-4 Carl Joseph Tamulevich passed from this life to heaven to be with his beloved son, CJ, his brother Michael, and his loving parents, Bolic and Gladys, on July 17, 2022. Carl loved his family and friends. He loved dancing to Rock ’n Roll music with the love of his life, Lori, to whom he was married for 54 years – they once won the Twist dance contest at “Cheers” in Boston. He loved sports, especially his Red Sox, Celtics, and Patriots. He loved Navy athletics, military history, a good movie, making a long putt, and a good meal. He was fervently passionate about the U. S. Naval Academy and his country. His passion carried over to golf, where he organized an annual, much loved golf event among his cherished friends. No love compared to that Carl had for his family and friends. He was a giving, loving, gentle and humble husband, father, grandfather, friend, classmate, naval officer, and citizen whose life was dedicated to values that matter. He lived his Christian faith every day. He is survived by the love of his life, Lori; their son, Jeff; Amanda and Kelly; and seven grandchildren: Alex, Lauren, Tabitha, Lily Belle, Drew, Madison, and Genevieve. He was the grandkids’ “Poppy,” and would be filled with such joy any time he was with them. Whether attending their dance recitals, sneaking off during lunch breaks to hold them as babies, playing cribbage, or sharing treats of whoopie pies, root beer floats, or his favorite homemade milk cake, Poppy treasured every moment with his grandchildren. They all miss their Poppy and his great hugs. Carl cherished his friends and classmates from his hometown of Nashua, N.H. to USNA to the fleet to the Naval Academy Athletic Association. He took great pride in his modest, immigrant roots by way of Lithuania (Dad) and Poland (Mom). He arrived in Annapolis in 1964 by way of Nashua High School, where he was an outstanding student-athlete, having played on five State Championship teams. He transitioned to the Naval Academy after one year at Holy Cross, followed by a year at the Naval Academy Prep School. He was a fullback on the football team and a two-time All-American Defenseman in lacrosse. In his senior year he won the Schmeisser Award as the best defenseman in the country, having blanked the likes of All-American attackmen from Maryland and Johns Hopkins. He was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1989 with his HOF coach, Willis ‘Bildy’ Bilderback, presiding. Carl was also a three-striper as a Company Commander in his senior year. He was so much more than a great athlete, and has a lifetime of so many terrific friendships. Carl graduated from Navy in 1968. Upon graduation, he piloted the P-3 Orion, his aircraft of choice, chasing down Soviet submarines during a stellar 24-year career in the Navy. Carl and Lori settled in Annapolis in 1986 where he became a cornerstone at the NAAA, greatly impacting over 30 Division One men’s and women’s sports teams for over 30 years. His voice was always recognizable at any Navy sporting event, and he was especially passionate about men’s lacrosse and women’s soccer. In 1998, he met the women’s soccer team bus upon their return from their coach’s first victory over Army. Carl’s welcome was filled with his unique passion and joy for the athletes and for Navy, which injected a confidence in the coach that endures to this day. On the day of his retirement from the NAAA, he traveled with the men’s lacrosse team to Baltimore where he witnessed Navy’s first victory over Hopkins at Homewood Field since 1969. Feeling like a member of the team, the players awarded Carl the game ball, saying they won it for him. It was a storybook ending to a phenomenal career. Commander “T,” as he was known to many, cared immensely about people. He was a cherished counselor, mentor, and father-figure to thousands of young men and women. He fought his disease relentlessly to the end. He loved his life, Lori, and his Lord to no end. He was an active participant at Calvary United Methodist Church, where funeral services will be held on October 15th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a reception at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the CJ Tamulevich scholarship fund at Saint Mary’s High School in Annapolis, or to the Naval Academy Golf Association, where there are plans for remembering Carl at the golf course he loved. Condolences may be made by using the Memories tab on this page.