On Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, and accompanied by loving family, John George Patrick Mulligan joined Christ our Lord at the age of 92.
Born in January 1928 to Irish immigrants John and Annie, he and his three sisters, Eileen, Rose and Marie, were first-generation Americans.
Raised in Manhattan and Queens, John, aka “Mugsy,” was featured on the varsity rosters for both football and baseball at Xavier High School, no doubt fostering his love of the Yankees and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
At 17, John enlisted in the Navy, serving in World War II. This began his life of service to others.
After World War II, John took advantage of the GI Bill to obtain a degree in Labor Management from Fordham University. It was during that time that he married the love of his life, Mary Theresa Considine. John worked for a time as a policeman for the NYPD and then spent 29 years as a firefighter for the FDNY.
In his retirement, he passed down his FDNY badge to his nephew and then to his great nephew who, among many in the family, have continued his legacy in the FDNY.
He then drove a school bus for the Goshen school district for more than 30 years and he especially loved getting to drive the football teams and ski teams. He affectionately called the students Matilda, Charlie or Ace and he’d always say, “Down and around, Charlie Brown.”
Later in life, he could be found “winning” at poker at the Goshen Senior Center with some of his dear friends or sitting in a small pew next to the radiator on the left side of St. John’s Church.
John and Mary, whom he would refer to as “his Duchess” were blessed with nine children who then went on to provide seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. John’s siblings also had sizeable families providing many opportunities for gatherings and celebrations at which John was frequently in the center of the action, whether singing “I Don’t Work for a Living” or toasting with an Irish blessing.
John’s greatest love though was for his family. He built an amazing family home in 1963 on Ridge Road in Goshen where his children and grandchildren played on the large lawn that he meticulously mowed on his tractor or swam in the pool he so doted on. This house was also the site of yearly family reunions with well over 100 people in attendance playing instruments, singing and enjoying their Irish heritage.
Mr. Mulligan is predeceased by the love of his life Mary, his wife of 71 years, as well as his daughters Maura Patricia and Margaret Mary.
He is survived by his loving children: Kathleen Strong-Kreitzer (Michael) of Goshen, John Joseph Mulligan (Debbie) of Florida, Mary Ann Lawrence (Bob) of Goshen, Kevin Mulligan (Andrea) of Utah, Terrance “Terry” Mulligan (Linda) of Pennsylvania, Loretta “Dede” Mulligan (Tom) of Walkill and Christopher Mulligan (Maxene) of Utah. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren: Bridget Olson (Scott), Gerard Strong (Megan), Jennifer Lawrence (Dustin), Johnny Mulligan (Mindi), Joshua Lawrence (Ashley), Alex Mulligan and Andrew Mulligan. He was also blessed with three great-grandchildren: Parker Olson, who affectionately called him “the old fireman,” and Patrick and Killian Mulligan. In addition, he was a loving uncle to the Croutier and Trainor families.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Donovan Funeral Home, Inc., 82 South Church St., Goshen. Visitation was held Sept. 25.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Sept. 26 at St. John Evangelist Church in Goshen. A private burial followed at Calvary Cemetery in Queens.
In honor of his life, donations can be made in John Mulligan’s name to Orange County Hospice in recognition of their special efforts during his final days.