Lieutenant-Colonel Frank MULROONEY

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MULROONEY, Lieutenant-Colonel Frank PJ, CD, Ph.D. - Peacefully at Trent Valley Lodge shortly after his 81st birthday on December 20, 2012. Lieutenant-Colonel Frank PJ Mulrooney, CD, was the 31st Commanding Officer of the Third Battalion, The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, Toronto. As Commanding Officer, he accepted the Freedom of the City of Toronto on behalf of the Regiment from then Mayor William Dennison in April, 1969. He was for many years a member and Director of the Royal Canadian Military Institute, Toronto. His professional career with the Ontario public service spanned three decades. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Ministry of Social Services Board of Review, the first of its kind in Canada. He was its first Executive Secretary, a position he held for well over a decade, retiring from the provincial civil service in 1988. A graduate of St. Michael's Choir School, Frank loved music and played piano daily into his 80s. He proudly attended St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto, earning his B.A., and after retiring, an M.A. in English literature. Frank later completed his Ph.D. in English literature at the University of Florida in Tampa, where he maintained a retirement home for many years. He then returned to Belleville, Ontario to be near his sister, Joyce. Frank was a lifelong runner, a sailor, a strong supporter of many charities and enjoyed having a beer with friends. He will be sadly missed by his sister Joyce Schwartz, brother-in-law John Hayes (Karen), sister-in-law Vera Mulrooney, nieces and nephews Sandra, Marianne (David), Julianne, John (Heather), Carolyn (Todd), Michael (Karen), Sean, Siobhan and Joe (Caroline), great-nephews and nieces including Andrew, Matthew, Braden and Catriona, and many friends in Ontario and Florida. He was predeceased by his sister Barbara Hayes, brother Ray Mulrooney, parents PJ and Beatrice Mulrooney, brother-in-law Frank Schwartz, and nephew Chuck Karklins. In keeping with his lifetime of learning and public service, Frank donated his body to the University of Toronto Medical School. A memorial service and reception will be held in the Toronto area in January, date and location to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, or the charity of your choice in Frank's memory would be appreciated.

Published in the Toronto Star from Dec. 22 to Dec. 24, 2012
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