Joseph H. Mulligan, age 94

of Quincy

Joseph H. Mulligan, age 94

Joseph H. Mulligan, age 94, a lifelong resident of Quincy, died peacefully, Thursday, May 12, 2022, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Joseph was born in Quincy, to the late James and Helen (Ferriter) Mulligan. Raised in Quincy, he was a graduate of the former Saint Mary’s Elementary School and Quincy Trade School, Class of 1945. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education from the former Boston State College.

Joe was a World War II veteran having served in the United States Army.

A master plumber, Joe was a proud member of Plumbers Local 12 for over seventy years and had served as president. Joe was also employed as a trades teacher in the Boston Public Schools for thirty years.

Joe was a longtime active parishioner of Saint Mary’s Church in West Quincy. He was an avid reader. Most of all, Joe was devoted to his family. He relished spending time with them, and supporting their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved husband for seventy-two years of Mary C. (Mangan) Mulligan.

Devoted father of Maureen Penta and her husband Charles of Allenhurst, N.J., Joseph E. Mulligan and his wife Linda of Braintree, Patricia Mulligan Flaherty and her husband Brian of Norwell, Kevin Mulligan and his wife Bonnie of Quincy, Anne Mulligan Mahoney and her husband Kevin of Quincy, and the late Helen A. Mulligan.

Loving grandfather of eleven and great-grandfather of eight.

One of six siblings, he was the dear brother of Mary A. DePaulo of Quincy and was predeceased by Helen McKenna, Irene Schoaf, James Mulligan, and John Mulligan.

Joe is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Wednesday, May 18, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Divine Mercy Parish in Saint Mary’s Church, 95 Crescent Street, West Quincy, on Thursday, May 19, at 10 a.m. Interment, with military honors, to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Joseph’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.


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  • Uncle Joe was a very kind sweet person – a true gentleman and certainly a wonderful family man. My best memories are sitting around the dining room table on a holiday singing songs. He loved to sing and always had his song book handy. He had an infectious and jovial laugh that resonated with all. We will forever hold Mulligan’s picnic in our hearts and memories. My love and condolences to my Aunt Mary, my cousins and extended family. I know the gang is together in heaven and being led in song by Uncle Joe. God Bless.

  • Uncle Joe was loved by all. He gave us all the great memories of the “Mulligan Picnic”Joe making his delicious clam chowder for everyone, and how he managed to cook all those lobsters for a large crowd. Yes, the song sheets being passed around the dining room table at holidays is another great memory. Thanks for the great memories Joe, rest in eternal peace!

  • What a great man. I am so glad I am lucky enough to have known him. He always had a big smile and a hug for me. I couldn’t help but smile whenever I spoke with him. He will be missed. My prayers go out to his family and all who loved him. God Bless you, Joe.

  • It’s hard to put into words when we lose someone we know. Joe Mulligan lived a life so few can stake claim to. He was so lucky to have a loving wife for 72 years and devoted children and grandchildren. He was a devoted long time member of Local 12 plumbers union. I had the good fortune to have many conversations with him because of our union connection ( myself Br 34 Letter Carriers). However I most treasure our talks about God’s country West Quincy. I am so glad I had the opportunity to spend time with him and Mary these last few years. RIP Joe your work here is done you have earned your rest in Heaven.

  • Seamus and I wish to express our deepest sympathies to you and to your entire family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

  • I was very fortunate to have Mr.Mulligan as my High School plumbing instructor
    Mr. Mulligan was always a true gentleman, a great union member and a wealth of both union issues and plumbing knowledge. He was a fixture at monthly membership meetings and at the Local #12 kids Christmas party. Guys like Mr. Mulligan don’t come along everyday.

    Thanks for everything, rest easy, Mr.Mulligan

    Ed Sullivan
    LU12. HHHORC-plumbing-1989

  • I worked with Joe at Humphrey Center, Boston Public Schools. He was my introduction to labor unions. When I was laid off in 1981 he sent me “thinking of you ” card. i will always remember your kindness and support. I enjoyed Joe and Mary’s help with the BTU retirees parties, and bumping into him at the Eire Pub.

  • To Kevin & the Mulligan Family, our deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. You will forever be blessed with the warm and wonderful memories of your Dad. Celebrate his life and the legacy of his life. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Patty, Paula, Susan and the rest of the gang at Richy’s