2010-05-06 / Obituaries


ALFRED E. “PAT” MULKERN AUg. 27, 1923 – MARcH 19, 2010 ALFRED E. “PAT” MULKERN AUg. 27, 1923 – MARcH 19, 2010 Alfred E. “Pat” Mulkern, retired teacher and school administrator, passed away March 19, 2010, at the age of 86 in Damariscotta, Maine.

Mr. Mulkern was born in Portland, Maine on August 27, 1923, a son of Patrick John and Mary Agnes (Coyne) Mulkern. He lived in Damariscotta for the past 12 years after living 40 years in the Brewster / North Salem, New York area.

A graduate of Cheverus High School in Portland and College of the Holy Cross Worcester, Mass., Mr. Mulkern received graduate degrees from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. and Southern Connecticut State College, New Haven. He also attended the School of Journalism, Syracuse University as a Wall Street Fellow, the Institute of Contemporary Russian Studies of Fordham University; College of Languages at the University of Georgia; Fairfield University and Western Connecticut State University.

Mr. Mulkern retired from the North Salem (NY) School District where he served as Language Teacher and Department Chairman, Assistant High School Principal, Chairman of the Committee on the Handicapped, and District Director of Pupil Personnel Services. He was also a long time advisor to high school publications and was coach of the cross country teams at one time.

He was very active in community affairs and was a charter member and past president of the North Salem Lions Club. He was named a Melvin Jones Fellow, the Lions Clubs International highest honor, in 1993. He was a long time manager and past president of Vail’s Grove Golf Club corporation. He also was charter member and past president of Vail’s Grove Cooperative, Inc.

Mr. Mulkern was well-read. He devoured information and he loved his daily newspapers and news programs. He was widely loved and respected, in part, for his ability to converse with people from all walks of life, making them feel comfortable and important.

Mr. Mulkern loved politics. He was a life-long dedicated member of the Democratic Party. He supported the Party from national to local levels and never missed a chance to vote. He loved political discussions, especially with Republicans.

He was very proud to be Irish and he cherished Irish culture and music. He loved whistling and singing his favorite Irish songs. His two trips to Ireland were highlights of his life.

He was very much a sports enthusiast. He loved playing golf and the camaraderie of the golfers. He also loved watching pro golf, college football, college basketball, pro baseball and pro basketball games.

Mr. Mulkern is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Mary Ellen (McGuire) Mulkern of Damariscotta, Maine. He leaves three children and their spouses: daughter Kay Gilbert of Nobleboro, Maine, and her husband, Jerry; two sons, Michael Patrick of Houston, Texas, and his wife, Joan, and Mark Edward of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and his wife, Mary; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Mulkern was laid to rest in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Newcastle, Maine.

Mr. Mulkern was a very religious man and a longtime member of St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Brewster, New York. Contributions may be made in his name to the National Religious Retirement Fund, 3211 4th Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20017-1194. Their website is http:// www.retiredreligious.org.

You can send condolences by e-mail to the Mulkern family at Mulkern@att.net.

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