John Joseph Mulry
October 16, 1948 – July 25, 2020
John Mulry, 71, passed away at his home peacefully on July 25th surrounded by his family.
He was the loving husband to Jessie Mulry for 45 years, the cherished father to Laura Mulry, John Mulry, and daughter-in-law, Megan, and “Baba” to his most beloved grandchildren, Joxan and Felix. John was born in the Bronx in the Irish Catholic community. He started working when he was 12 years old and held countless odd jobs as a young man, including working at JFK airport and driving a yellow cab. In 1971, John travelled to San Francisco and helped establish the Martin de Porres House of Hospitality, which provides services for substance addiction and the homeless. John and Jessie met in the summer of 1973 when John was bartending at the Baron’s Cove Inn in Sag Harbor. John applied himself tirelessly in school from a very young age by doing his homework in the bathroom of his family’s small apartment. Through hard work, John availed himself of the opportunities provided by the Jesuit education of Fordham Preparatory High School, Fordham University, and Fordham Law School. John practiced law at Cahill Gordon & Reindel, was Associate General Counsel at Citigroup, and helped set up the investment banking subsidiaries at Citigroup and Bank of America. John ended his career as a senior member of the New Zealand Securities and Exchange Commission. John was known for his charming and personable demeanor, having the gift of gab, and always making witty, humorous remarks. He loved to play with words creating endearing sayings and nicknames for people and things, and he was always singing his own imaginative, humorous songs. He referred to his daughter Laura as “K Dollski”, short for “Laura K Dollski and her Band of Renown.” John loved music, playing tennis, reading spy novels and historical nonfiction, and films like James Bond and the Godfather. Despite overcoming great hardships, John always expressed an unabashed enthusiasm for life that is rarely seen in adults. He often emoted (quite loudly) that things were “just beyond awesome”.
More than anything else, John treasured and loved his family. His family will always remember him as being by their side for every step of the way, supporting and loving them with a huge, magical smile and a twinkle in his eye. John was well known in the community of Ridgewood, New Jersey, having coached numerous sports teams, as well as the community of St. James in Southport, North Carolina. John was a great inspiration and friend to all who knew him and he will be greatly missed. John is also survived by his mother, Evelyn Mulry, 98, his brothers Terrence Mulry and Timothy Mulry, and his sister, Evelyn Mulry.
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John Joseph Mulry
August 1, 2020
John was always reaching out to help others at the Prep. He helped me through Agricula agriculae and made a real effort to make sure this dead language would not do me in. His patience was really remarkable.
He was involved with the scientifically significant experiment involving dropping a “super ball” from the fifth floor down a stairwell to determine the height of the bounce. Fr Shea was not impressed with our search for truth and Jug was the main outcome of our application of the scientific method.
John was a person you could count on.
All memories of John involved a fun caring person.
You are in our prayers.
August 1, 2020
Very sorry to hear about John’s passing. When he was living in the San Francisco Bay Area we would regularly have lunch at Le Central. Since John was a “Bronx guy” and I was a “Queens guy” we would always engage in friendly banter and sarcasm over the respective merits of each, usually over several glasses of wine. He was a great guy. RIP
July 30, 2020
Law school roommates for a year in Riverdale. What an interesting school year that was (1973-74)! Out of town classmates pulling all-nighters at our apartment before exams. Exotic neighbors. Interviewing strange potential roommates. Lots of great memories of John.
I wish he and I could have spent more time together, but geography intervened. Rest in peace fine fellow. Everyone who knew him will miss him, especially Jess and her family.
Fordham Law 1975
July 29, 2020
John and I both ran track together at Fordham Prep in freshman year. Our weight class was called sub-midget for those who weighted under one hundred pounds. He was a better runner than I. And a wonderful guy. May he Rest In Peace.
July 27, 2020
John and I met on the tennis court. "Just add water" and presto you have best friends. It is possible we added some alcohol later but by that time the mix had hardened into something as enduring as granite.
He came to Las Vegas and spent some time with me for my birthday in February and we had one last run through the danger zone punctuated by frequent naps.
We shared all the standard existential next-life philosophies and there was a point when he seemed to find peace.
Until we meet again, my friend, stay frosty.