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John J. Mulligan Jr.

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BENNINGTON -- Mr. John J. Mulligan Jr., 82, entered into peace on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center after residing at the Hoosick Falls (N.Y.) Health Center for the past two years.

John was born on May 14, 1922 in the farmhouse where he lived until the time of his illness. He was the last person to be born and raised on Route 372. He was the son of the late John J. Mulligan Sr. and the former Katherine Hulihan. He attended the Cambridge School and spent the greatest part of his life working on the family dairy farm. He started plowing and harvesting with horses before using tractors. John was always known for the dairy of top-class Holstein cattle. He was always proud of his draft horses and the farm has always been by the Belgium horses across the road. He and his wife loved all of their horses, but especially Spike and Shirley Blonde, who were born on the farm.

The year 1976 was an eventful time in his life, when he had the honor to drive an antique hearse in the Arlington and Bennington Battle Day parades. He also participated in the Cambridge Bicentennial Parade. He drove a bride and groom in his antique wagon from a church to the reception. Much of this was done with his wife, Shirley May (Gifford) Mulligan, whom he married April 17, 1965. Survivors include his wife, Shirley May Mulligan of Greenwich, N.Y.; his adopted daughter, Marianne Turner, and her husband Lanny, of Fairfax, Va.; three grandchildren, Luke, Sarah and Peter Turner, all of Fairfax; a niece, Rita Allen Newcomb, and her husband Charles, of White Plains, N.Y.; and a grand-niece, Emily Newcomb of White Plains. He was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Mulligan Allen.

There will be no services. Contributions in memory of Mr. John J. Mulligan Jr. may be made to the Hoosick Falls Health Center through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 4, 2004
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