A tale of two cities: Tim and Kathy Turley, a Centennial City Councilmember, center, join Donnegal Mayor Steve O’Culain and City Councilman Michael O’Heanaig. Photos courtesy of Tim and Kathy Turley
Editor’s note: The following profile of Centennial’s Tim Turley first appeared in slightly longer form in The Hoisted Pint, a publication of the Colorado Emerald Society.
One of the grand treasures of the Colorado Emerald Society is our treasurer, Tim Turley. Tim has the energy of a beaver in spring and the dark wit of an Irish pub patron. If you’re not careful, he may take the “piss” out of you, but it is all in good humor.
Tim was born in Carmel, Calif. just before World War II ended. His dad was stationed at Fort Ord and sent to the Aleutian Islands. After the war ended, Tim’s dad opened a medical practice in Ridgefield, Wash. He was a country doctor and Tim grew up in a rural lifestyle until his sophomore year in high school when the family moved to Los Altos, Calif.
In 1961, Tim entered the novitiate of the Brothers of the Holy Cross, the founders of that great Irish institution, Notre Dame University. He was sent to St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas and taught at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif. Tim left the Brothers and teaching in 1978 and moved to Denver.
Tim and Kathy Turley at Eske Castle in Donnegal, Ireland
He had the right mixture of compassion and toughness that a juvenile-probation officer needs to be successful. Within 20 years, he would be Chief Probation Officer Turley [in the Denver Juvenile Probation Department].
Retiring after 32 years with just a few calluses and a mild case of cynicism, Tim had enough left in his tank so that when Denver Public Schools rang the bell for someone to manage a federal grant, Tim answered. He then went on to develop the Restorative Practice concept to reduce out-of-school suspensions and expulsions.
Kathleen Margaret (O’Ceallaigh) Kelley and Tim (MacToridhealbhaigh) Turley were married in 1972. From that union came three children—Sean, Mary Kathryn and Bridgette [and three grandchildren].
Kathy Turley is a councilwoman in Centennial.
Tim’s life has been blessed and busy. His cup runneth over and he has earned time to enjoy a pint with the lads, a good book to fall asleep with, and the enjoyment of sitting in the sun for no reason. Ah, yes, the life of Riley. (Millennials, Google that.) But that is not Tim Turley.
He is an installed acolyte at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church serving on the parish finance council. He is chairman of the board for Colorado United Irish Societies. He volunteers with the National Park Service providing historic narration on the Amtrak Zephyr. He volunteers on the Platte Valley Trolley as a motorman and conductor.
Tim said, “Steel wheels and rails are part of my blood, as my grandfather was a conductor on the Burlington Railroad between Denver and McCook, Neb.”
Tim’s roots are in County Galway and County Roscommon and he has made at least 15 trips with Kathy to the Ol’ Sod.
Tim has been a positive voice for us in the Colorado Irish community, where he is well known and beloved. He is a man of immense knowledge and goodwill, and he shares those qualities with his family, friends and acquaintances.
We thank you, Tim.
A touch of St. Patrick on Christmas: Centennial City Councilmember Kathy Turley and husband Tim.
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