John J. McNulty, Sr., age 83, a retired businessman, WWII veteran and devout Catholic, died May 28 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he was the son of Felix and Mary (McCabe).
“Jack” McNulty was a former business owner in Havertown, Pa., and a former sales executive for Borden Foods. He was a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, where he served as an usher for over 18 years.
McNulty was a good-hearted man who loved a good joke, good conversation and good times. He also enjoyed the company of family and friends. He was a skilled carpenter and handyman who could build or fix anything.
Fiercely proud of his Irish heritage, McNulty visited his ancestral homeland to trace his Irish roots. A former resident of Ocean Pines, he loved to travel and also loved living in Ocean City by the sea. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, known as “Pop Pop”.
Active in the community, McNulty regularly raised funds for local charities and gave a helping hand to anyone who needed it.
He was a member of many organizations, including: the Ocean View VFW, the American Legion, the Lions Club, the Delmarva Irish American Club, the Elks Club and Past President of the Ocean City Sister City Committee. He was a charter member of the Ocean City branch of Ancient Order of Hibernians, America’s oldest Irish Catholic Fraternal Organization. A member of the Knights of Columbus for over 50 years, he received his Third and Fourth Degree Knighthood, which is built on the principal of patriotism.
A decorated Veteran of WWII, McNulty served in the Army, enlisting with his mother’s permission in October 1944 when he turned 17. He was a fervent patriot who loved his country.
McNulty is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Lucille; seven children, Marilou Regan (William), Kathleen Dinnebeil (Daniel), John McNulty, Jr., Joseph McNulty, James McNulty, Margaret Mary McNulty, and Justin McNulty. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Arthur McNulty and his sister, Marie Hale Walsh.
A private military memorial service will be held 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 14 at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, Pa. The date would have been his 60th wedding anniversary. In lieu of flowers donations will be gratefully accepted for a scholarship in McNulty’s name in care of Calvin B. Taylor Bank, 9105 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City, MD 21842. Arrangements are being handled by the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.