July 14, 1932-Aug. 16, 2013
Resident of Hayward
Frank Mullany passed away on August 16, 2013, at home, surrounded by family, after a short illness.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Frank was the first of John and Hazel's eight children. Frank was the father of Matthew, Colleen, Michael, and Mitchell (who died in 2008), Shane and Trey's beloved grandfather, a brother, uncle, and good friend.
Frank graduated from Serra High School in San Mateo, where he lettered in baseball. Baseball was the love of his life, and he pursued his dream of becoming a major league player when he attended San Mateo Junior College. In 1956, Frank played pro ball for the Tri-City Braves, and in 1957 for the Stockton Ports. In later years, Frank played for senior baseball teams throughout the Bay Area and in many World Series in Florida and Arizona. In 2011, at age 79, Frank was inducted into the Nor- Cal Old Timers Hall of Fame.
Outside of baseball, Frank was a union man who taught his children to honor labor. They cut their teeth on the word "boycott," and their first life lessons were to pay their union dues and never to cross a picket line. Frank fought vociferously for workers' rights, both with The Office and Professional Employees Union, Local 29, and as a Deputy Labor Commissioner for the State of California.
Frank was proud of his Irish heritage and loved the music and poetry of his people. His favorite poetic form was the limerick. He's probably composing one now.
Frank will be missed for his wit, kindness, generosity, and friendship. He was a fine man.