Marie M. "Terry" Mulcahy
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Marie M. 'Terry' Mulcahy
February 26, 1937 - May 1, 2021
Marie M. "Terry" Mulcahy of Basking Ridge, NJ, passed away peacefully on the morning of May 1, 2021, at the age of 84. Born and raised in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY, Terry moved to Mendham, NJ with her husband Robert E. Mulcahy III, her college sweetheart, where they resided for 37 years until moving to Basking Ridge in 1999. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Terry's life served as a testament to a generational commitment to selfless service.
Terry earned her B.A. in Sociology from the College of New Rochelle and soon following graduation she married Bob. Together and individually, they have made enormous contributions to Mendham, Basking Ridge and the State of New Jersey, including raising a family of seven children who are also devoted to community service.
Terry enjoyed two careers: instructor and founding partner of Mendham Stitchery and as a real estate agent for Burgdorff Realtors in Mendham. Manifesting a generational commitment to selfless service Terry was a tireless volunteer and community leader. She served on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Ballet, a member of the Mendham Board of Education, a trustee of the Mendham Senior Housing Corporation and as a member of the Board of Directors of The Shire (now Daytop), a residential treatment center for teenage alcoholics. Terry coordinated retirement seminars and served on the Family Life Curriculum Committee of the Mendham Borough School District, and as a delegate to the White House Conference on Families.
She served her alma mater as a member of the National Campaign Committee, the New Jersey co-chair of the 90th Anniversary Celebration and Chair of the Garden State Alumnae/I Club.
Terry manifested her faith in service to both St. Joseph's Parish Mendham and St. James Parish Basking Ridge. She coordinated lectors and Eucharistic ministers, taught CCD for 20 years, and sang in the choir. She also served as Parish Coordinator and board member of Eva's Kitchen and Sheltering Program in Paterson.
In 1990, she and Bob were inducted into the Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Terry's wisdom, energy, counsel and commitment to family were an unwavering asset to her husband Bob through his tenures as mayor of Mendham, Chief of Staff to Governor Byrne, CEO of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Rutgers University. Her skills as advisor, program developer, gracious host, and intrepid traveler made her family's successes possible.
Terry is survived by her husband of 61 years, Robert E. Mulcahy III of Basking Ridge. She is also survived by seven children, Cathleen, Bob, Matthew, Kevin, Muffy, Megan, and Deidre and fifteen grandchildren, Nicholas, Matthew, Alaine, Connor, Tyler, Abigail, Emily, Owen, Katie, Bobby, Drew, Mia, Brady, Annabelle and Emma Grace. She is also survived by her twin brother, Jerry McGrath (Carol) and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
A wake will be held Tuesday, May 4 from 4-7pm at Saint James Roman Catholic Church, 184 South Finley Avenue, Basking Ridge. The funeral mass will be celebrated Wednesday, May 5 at 10am also at Saint James Roman Catholic Church. The burial will be private. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Georgian Court University Angel Fund for Student Emergency Needs in Terry's memory.
https://alumni.georgian.edu/give-now and selecting the Angel Fund or mail donations directly to Georgian Court University Office of Institutional Advancement, 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701-2697.
Arrangements by Gallaway and Crane Funeral Home (908) 766-0250.

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Published in The Star-Ledger on May 3, 2021.
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May 7, 2021
Terry always had helping others in mind; she had the best interests of
Mendham at heart in many of the things she did.. A better life partner
Bob could not have had! She epitomized the type of life to which most New Jerseyans should aspire. God Bless Bob and the Mulcahy family
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I met Terry while volunteering at the Carol G.Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Memorial. We were part of the Music in the Atrium Program which provided complimentary refreshments to caregivers and patients who were coming for treatments. I learned so much about Terry volunteering beside her: she was compassionate, caring, generous, and gentle, she knew what to say and how to say it to someone who needed to be uplifted that day. She was happy, funny, and so attentive to the needs of others. She graciously opened her beautiful home to host a “going away” get together for me when she learned I was moving to Colorado...all of our fellow volunteers were there and she made me feel so special. Terry will always be special to me, she’ll always be a model of what kindness, caring, patience, and understanding means. Since moving, I’ve missed having Terry in my days, her beautiful smile which brightened everyone’s day, her kind and personable ways. I will miss Terry, but will always hold her close in my heart. Pat Mooney
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Terry was a Special Lady to be remembered by many. Her gift of life will forever be honored. May God Bless the Mulcahy Family. Keep your memories close to your hearts. From Jane Luther-Umstadter
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May 3, 2021
I remember Terry with such fond memories. When I moved to Mendham, she was always there with great insight and always giving great advice. She gave 100% to whatever her endeavors were. She will be missed. Sending my deepest sympathy to family.
Phylis Whitehead
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May 3, 2021
Kevin, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers during this difficult time. May she rest in peace in the everlasting arms of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Bob McKenna
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