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Moore Funeral Home & Moore Memorial Gardens

1219 North Davis Drive, Arlington, TX

OBITUARY

Richard Anthony Mulligan

April 5, 1949June 26, 2020
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On Friday, June 26, 2020, Richard Anthony Mulligan, loving husband to Bernadette, and devoted father to Ruairi, John Paul, Roisin and Emily, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Kindred Hospital in Arlington, TX at the age of 71.

He was an unbelievable fighter and he held strong to his Catholic faith. He found comfort that he’d be reunited with his parents, as well as his grandson, Richey Anthony Mulligan II. Richard was born on April 5, 1949 in Peterborough, England to Basil and Josepha Mulligan. He grew up in both England and Holland along with his younger sister Mary.

Richard had a natural born drive to succeed from a very young age, from managing a music group in his late teens to having an award-winning sales career. However, his greatest motivation in life was to provide for his wife and family. Richard and Bernadette met in England and later married before moving to Ireland and starting a family. They went on to have two boys, Ruairi and John Paul, and two daughters, Roisin and Emily. They were married for 44 wonderful years.

Richard had a great interest in music. He was an avid keyboard player and had an unbelievable ear for all types of music from the Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Tom Petty, and even Beethoven. He passed his love of music down to his children. Richard also enjoyed live sporting events, including soccer, rugby, horse racing, and especially the Dallas Cowboys. He supported all his children, and recently his grandchildren, in their sporting events as well. He loved watching them achieve and develop into great athletes.

Richard was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Basil Wilfred Mulligan and Josepha Maria Berendina Antoinette Mulligan and his grandson Richey Mulligan II. Richard is survived by his wife, Mary Bernadette  Mulligan, his children Ruairi Mulligan, John Paul Mulligan, Roisin McMahon, and Emily Mulligan, daughter-in-law, Holly Mulligan, son-in-law, Charles McMahon, and seven grandchildren: Brendan Mulligan, Judd Mulligan, Hannah Mulligan, Braden Mulligan, Pearse McMahon, Liam McMahon, and soon-to-be granddaughter, his Sister, Mary Hinde, brother-in-law, Steve Hinde, and his nieces, Clare Woods and Laura Rawson. Richard’s funeral service will be held on Friday, July 3rd, 2020, at 2pm at Moore Funeral Home in Arlington, TX. Masks will be required. Due to limited seating there will also be a Facebook Live Stream. Family and friends wishing to join via Facebook can do so by visiting the Moore Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens Facebook page at service time. The streaming will begin shortly after scheduled service time.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.moore-funeralhome.com for the Mulligan family.

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  • Memorial Service

    Friday, July 3, 2020

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Brenton Woods

July 8, 2020

Although never meeting Dick personally, I came to know him the last three years, doing business over the phone. Dick and I had good conversations on the phone, not just about equipment, but about life and family. I always felt Dick was a genuine, honest man who conducted business professionally and kept his word. May God give his family peace through this tough time.


Brenton Woods
Yellowhouse Machinery

Sue Ellen Love

July 3, 2020

Dick, Bernie, Ruari, John Paul, Roisin and Emily arrived in Arlington, TX in the mid 1980’’s. I lived across the street and have forever called the house they rented, the “Magic House”. Some dear friends I had met that occupied that same house were there for several years and moved out to a south Arlington home. (We had several years of great times and they are still my good friends.) Then, the Mulligans moved into that Magic House. We all became great friends. Dick Mulligan was a wonderful man. We all shared vibrant, Irish Leprechaun-like rollicking escapades.🍀
In 1994, Dick was out of town during very bad flying weather and could not make it back for the Pink Floyd concert at Texas Stadium. He called and asked if I could take Bernie to the concert. (It thundered, poured rain and stormed! Fabulous ambiance!) It was THE BEST Concert I had ever experienced. UNFORGETTABLE. The huge blow up pigs and the Incredible MUSIC.
Dick was a family man of champagne taste in music and just a great English gentleman. He is shining down on us from Heaven and sadly, God called him up first. We miss him immensely. RIP, dear, blessed, Dick Mulligan. ♥️✝️🎸🎼

Ann Canniff

July 3, 2020

My sister Jane and I have very fond memories of our cousin Richard who we would see from time to time when we were growing up.
We are the daughters of Rita Dunn (nee Mulligan) who was one of Richard's father Basil Mulligan's sisters, and we always used to enjoy visits from Uncle Bas, Auntie Jose and cousins Mary and Richard.
They were so kind to us and Richard would always enjoy having a joke with Jane & I. He and Mary seemed very sophisticated and grown up to us at that age though. I have attached a photo of one such visit, when we were celebrating our first Holy Communion. We were glad to be able to be keep in touch via news filled Christmas cards over the years and a lovely phone call too one Christmas, and Mary would keep us up to date with news of Richard Bernie and their ever growing beautiful and talented family. What a wonderful legacy he has left. Our hearts go out to Bernie and all the family at this very painful time, hoping that in time there will be comfort in all the wonderful memories. With all our love, Jane and Ann

Laura Jackson

July 3, 2020

My condolences to your family! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Emily grew up with my daughter and I have memories of her mom and dad always being there to support the girls! It breaks my heart because I know how special your dad was to you all!! I send my love to the family and a huge hug to precious Emily!!!!

Dusty Wallace

July 3, 2020

My condolences to the family. I know you will miss Dick.

Over the years I have had the privilege of working with some of the best in the Construction Equipment Industry and Dick ranks right up there as the Best of the Best. He earned his success the right way; by working hard and being honest. He was very deserving of the multiple awards bestowed upon him for his industry success.

I had more than one customer tell me they looked at Dick as an unpaid employee. He was extremely loyal to his customers and always had their best interest at heart.

The motivation behind Dick’s success was simple…..his family. He would simply say “I have to get this done. My Family is counting on me”. And he would.

We all lost one of the Good Guys!

Louise Carter

July 3, 2020

Richard was our cousin and dear nephew of our darling mum Monica Mulligan,sister of Richard's dear Dad, Basil. Our condolences, love and prayers to Bernie and all the family at this sad time from cousins-
James, Louise, Rebecca, Benedict, Dominic, Sophie, Mary, Francis, Matthew.
May dear Richard rest in peace and be reunited with his dearly departed loved ones from the Mulligan family.
God bless. XX

Les Edgar

July 1, 2020

It was a pleasure to have met Richard in the 70s. Bernadette, or Dettie as we knew her, was a first cousin of my wife Margaret (RIP). Both had parents with connections to the McEnroes of Cavan in Ireland. I was very pleased to be invited by Richard to be his Best Man when he and Bernadette got married.
Sadly geographical separation kept us apart over subsequent years, but I was delighted to be able to follow his success and family development via social media.
My memory is of a gentleman whose kindness and sincerity were greatly appreciated.

Marian Rotmans-Brakels

July 1, 2020

Our sincere condolences to you Bernadette and to all the family. Ellen and I (Dutch cousins) are so very sorry Richard passed away. We will always cherish very fond memories of the holidays we spent as children with Richard and Mary in Noordwijk (The Netherlands) and in Italy. Those were happy and carefree days. We loved seeing Richard and his family last year in Nijmegen. Our thoughts are with you all.
Marian and Frans
Ellen and Henk

Mary Garry

July 1, 2020

Heartfelt condolonces to you Detty,family and extended family,on the sad passing of Dick,Lord rest his soul.
The Love Dick had for you Detty and his Children is something that can never be taken away,hold on to that and know that Dick will be there with you always.
When people we love are stolen from us,the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them.
Our thoughts and prayer's are with you all at this very sad time.
Mary and Barney Garry. Cavan Ireland

Mary Hinde

July 1, 2020

We are all so very sorry for your sad loss. I have such happy memories of Richard and I growing up, especially in Holland where we both enjoyed playing on our red scooters and going to wonderful cakes shops! I will cherish them always. Everyone over here in England is looking forward to seeing you next year either in Ireland or Holland. We had such a great time in Nijmegen last year. It was a real blessing to be able to spend time with Richard then. May God's blessing and peace surround you now and for ever more. Much love, Aunt Mary xxx

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