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William Joseph Mulkeen
Attorney and college educator; loving grandfather
William Joseph Mulkeen, 73, died peacefully on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.
Born March 19, 1947, in Elizabeth, N.J., Bill was among the first wave of Baby Boomers born after World War II. His father, also William, served in the Counter Intelligence Corp. during the war and went on to become police chief of Elizabeth, a city that four generations of the family called home.
Bill's mother, Margaret, worked as a librarian at St. Genevieve Grammar School, which Bill attended as a child and which his children later attended. Young Bill spent summers at the Jersey Shore, and was especially close to his grandfather, August Reinfurt, a son of German immigrants and retired machinist for Singer Sewing Machines.
After grammar school, Bill went on to graduate from Seton Hall Preparatory School in 1965, Seton Hall University in 1969, and Seton Hall Law School in 1973. He worked for Chemical Bank, participating in its senior management training program, and having multiple run-ins with celebrities - from Big Bird to Andy Warhol, whom, Bill says, he taught to write a check.
After Chemical Bank, Bill went on to become an attorney and college educator. He loved the law and ran a private practice for over 25 years. He also served as a special counsel to the city of Elizabeth, and he taught criminal justice at Thomas Edison College, Essex County College, and Community College of Philadelphia. He also served as president of the American Association for Paralegal Education.
But even more than he loved the law, Bill adored his family. He met Mary Doyle in his early 20s at a meeting of the Young Democrats of Elizabeth, where she was handing out cool Coca-Colas on a hot summer day. Bill enjoyed a cool drink, so he took one and offered her a ride home. The two married in 1969, having a daughter, Abby Lynn, in 1976, and a son, William Patrick, six years later. Mary, a beloved operating nurse at Overlook Medical Center, died in 2005, leaving Bill behind after over 36 years of marriage.
Though he missed Mary dearly, Bill led an active life after her death. He was a season ticket holder for Seton Hall basketball games, and loved theater and live music, including Motown and Bruce Springsteen - most recently, he saw "The Boss" on Broadway. Bill also embraced the role of grandpa after Abby had her daughter, Frances Ruth Mulkeen, in 2017. He never let more than a few minutes pass by without telling her "Grandpa loves you!" His other granddaughter, Mary Ryan, was born four months before he died and he dearly loved her bright eyes.
In addition to his two children and two grandchildren, Bill is survived by his daughters-in-law, Celeste and Erin, and his brother, Thomas.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Seton Hall Preparatory School. https://www.shp.org/giving/make-a-gift

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Published in The Star-Ledger from Sep. 15 to Sep. 16, 2020.
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September 17, 2020
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Paula Sayers
September 17, 2020
Kathy and I remember Bill fondly - we had some wonderful meals togethr in Princeton and NYC over the years. He will be missed by all who knew him.
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David Freeman
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September 16, 2020
So sad to learn of Bill’s passing. He was a wonderful man with a warm heart and the best stories. Condolences to all who loved him.
Kathy Smith
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September 16, 2020
I remember meeting Bill at one of my first American Association of Paralegal Education Conferences. Bill was warm, welcoming and made a newbie feel right at home. Once, years later, we ended up waiting together in the airport for a delayed plane and he entertained me with a murder mystery on a college campus story he was busy writing. A lovely gentleman. I'm so sorry for the family's loss.
Nancy Gallo
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September 16, 2020
Bill was a great guy and a devoted father and grandfather. He always had a smile and a good story for those who knew him. He will be missed. I am sorry for your loss.
Bill Hart
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September 16, 2020
Just a really great guy.
Thomas Jackson
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September 16, 2020
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Mollie Sayers
September 16, 2020
My sincere condolences on Bill’s passing. I remember him from many years ago, seeing him in City Hall or the Courthouse. Always a smile on his face and always time to talk and share war stories about what was going on in politics or the courthouse. I will always fondly remember him and Mary, the saint that that kept him happy. May he Rest In Peace with Mary in God’s presence.
Richard Kress
Richard Kress
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September 15, 2020
Growing up being friends with his son Billy, Mr. Mullkeen was always like a big kid for all his academic accomplishments and the opposite of how you’d assume lawyers would be outside of the courtroom. He loved to play jokes and make us kids laugh. He always had such a great sense of humor and played host to a number of us St. Gens kids hanging out with Billy after school especially being so close to the actual building. He was a great guy and always provided a laugh and a smile to all us kids. He will be missed.
Sean Ogden
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