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James W. Mulcahy

Born: December 1, 1924; in Streator, IL

Died: May 18, 2018; in Morris, IL

James "Jim" William Mulcahy, 93, of Morris, Illinois passed away peacefully in his sleep May 18, 2018 at the Park Pointe Nursing Home in Morris, Illinois.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, May 21, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Morris with Rev. Edward J. Howe, CR officiating. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Visitation was held Sunday, May 20, 2018 at the church from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Jim was born in Streator, Illinois on December 1, 1924 to parents of William and Rose "Thelma" (O'Neil) Mulcahy. As a child Jim loved fishing with his dad and playing with his dog "Mickey". In 1935 Jim's Dad passed away. He took a job as a paper boy to help his mom make ends meet. His blue eyes, infectious smile and uncanny wit was persuasive and Jim earned the nickname "Diamond Jim" from his boss at the paper for his ability to collect unpaid debts. Jim spent his summers as a young boy at the O'Neil Family Farm in Rutland, IL. Jim enlisted in the US Navy in WWII and honorably served his country from 1943 to 1946 as a 3rd Class Soundman while sailing in both the Aleutian Islands & South Pacific on a Destroyer Escort of the Morgan Class of Navy Ships. His ship was given credit for sinking many enemy submarines. Upon his return to civilian life in 1946 Jim used his GI Bill to become a proficient pilot. Jim met and married his bride of 69 years, Alice from Dwight, Illinois in 1948. Jim and Alice spent many nights dancing and listening to the popular big Band orchestras of the period and socializing with their dear friends.

After WWII jobs were sparse. Jim's mother Thelma worked as a book keeper for E.B. Cullen where she had some influence and persuaded the owners to hire Jim as a route salesman selling candies, chocolates, cigars and cigarettes to retailers. Jim loved chocolates but always had a deeper passion for automobiles. He worked at Collins Motors in Streator, Illinois from 1947 to 1961 as the Parts Department Manager. Collins sold Ford Automobiles and Trucks. Jim's love for the FORD Automobile was a life-long passion. In 1960, they adopted son Michael James and in 1962 daughter Sharon Kathryn. In 1961, Jim and Alice founded NAPA's Morris Automotive Supply and Machine Shop in Morris, Illinois. Jim & Alice worked side-by-side and pioneered the NAPA auto parts brand in Morris and Minooka for 31 years. His employees lovingly referred to him as the "KING" of auto parts, always willing to take on even the most difficult challenges. Never one to give up, Jim could fix about anything on a passenger car, race car, truck, industrial, farm or marine type of equipment in his NAPA machine shop. Jim & Alice sold their NAPA stores and retired in 1992 to enjoy their mutual love for Golf, support their daughters love for teaching and son Michael's love as a race car driver. Jim and Alice spent winters in Alabama and Florida. They were blessed with grandchildren Matthew and Jacob. They enjoyed spoiling the grandchildren by taking them to the Cosley Zoo in Wheaton, the Illinois river to skip rocks and taught them both how to play their beloved game of golf. In 1998, Jim and Alice celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in their combined family's home of Ireland. A devout and active practicing Catholic, Jim has been a participating member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church for 56 years, served as an usher and the Sextant of the parish's Mount Carmel Cemetery where he computerized the burial entries from Irish linen and paper written records. Jim also served on the board of directors of the Morris Country Club, through the years was an active member of Kiwanis, VFW, AMVETS, American Legion and in 2014 established the James & Alice Mulcahy Automotive Technology Scholarship at the Joliet Junior College providing tuition assistance for students of academic excellence but financially under-funded. Always willing to extend charity and assistance to those in need, Jim was well- known Morris businessman, employer and friend to many residents of Morris and Grundy County. His sense of humor and love will be remembered by all he touched throughout his life. Never one to be intimidated by change or technology, Jim spent many productive hours on his Apple I-pad, smart phone and computer to the end. Jim will be remembered as a loving son, husband, father, grandfather and friend to many.

Jim is survived by his wife, Alice; son, Michael; daughter, Sharon; daughters-in-law, Kimberly and Suzanne; son-in-law, Joseph Zincherman; and grandchildren, Matthew Mulcahy and Jacob Zicherman; and step grandchildren, Jordan, Logan and Jack Mitchell.

A special thanks to all the care providers at the Morris Hospital and Park Pointe nursing home that made Jim's final days comfortable preparing him to meet his Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Grundy Community Volunteer Hospice, Immaculate Conception School or Building Fund or the Joliet Junior College James & Alice Mulcahy Automotive Technology Fund.

Fruland Funeral Home, 121 W. Jefferson St., of Morris is in charge of arrangements. For more information call the funeral home at 815-942-0700 or sign the private online guestbook at www.frulandfuneralhome.com
Published in Morris Herald-News on June 5, 2018
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