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AUGUSTA, Ga. - Brian Joseph Mulherin, 92, loving husband of Neita H. Mulherin, entered into rest on Friday, February 19, 2016. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Hull celebrant. A Vigil for the Deceased will be held at 6:00 PM on Monday, February 22, 2016 at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church. The family will receive friends following the service until 8:00 PM. Born in Augusta, GA, Brian attended Mount St. Joseph Elementary School, the Academy of Richmond County and graduated from high school from Belmont Abbey in Belmont, NC. He received his bachelor's degree in philosophy from St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, MD. Upon completion of college in 1945, he enlisted in the Army as a private at the end of World War II and completed his service as a sergeant at the end of his 18 month enlistment. Returning to Augusta, he joined the Army Reserve where he served in the Medical Service Corps and retired in 1983 from a 34 year career with the rank of Colonel. He was a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, the Air War College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Brian owned and managed Rock-A-Dry Baby Diaper service for 19 years before beginning a career with Georgia Regional Hospital in 1968. He was the Human Resource Director (Personnel Director) for over 30 years before retiring in 1999. After retirement, Brian continued to volunteer for the hospital, doing various hospital activities and public relations work. He was known by many in the Augusta area for his involvement and leadership within the local community. He was a member of St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church for over 80 years, where he served as lector, chairman of the Parish Council and fund raising and building and grounds committees. He was instrumental in the expansion of the church. He received the Diocese of Savannah, Bishop Gartland Service Award in 2006 and the 1996 National Catholic Educational Association Distinguished Graduate Award. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus Patrick Walsh Council and Assembly 174 for 75 years, where he served as Faithful Navigator and attained the status of Honorary Life Member. Brian was a charter member of the Irish-American Heritage Society and the Augusta Chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He was a former board member for the Augusta Chapter of the American Red Cross, where he served as Disaster Services Committee Chairman from 1983 until 2005. He was awarded the American Red Cross Volunteer Service Award in 1991 and the Mary Lou Reynolds Award in 1995. Brian was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Uptown Augusta for over 50 years. He served as President from 1958-59 and Distinguished Lieutenant Governor from 1978-79. He was recognized with the Outstanding Kiwanis Leader Award in 1986 and was honored as a George F. Hixon Fellow of Kiwanis International in 1997. He was also a past board member of the United Way and was awarded the United Way's Alvin W. Vogel Volunteer of the Year Award in 1994. Brian was or had been a member of the Board of the Senior Citizen's Center, Augusta Richmond County Historical Society, Advisory Board of Brandon Wilde, Discovery Center, Friends of the Library, Friends of the Symphony, Historic Augusta, Mental Health Association of Greater Augusta, Augusta Alliance of the Mentally Ill, Greater Augusta Sports Council, Georgia Public Radio, Georgia Public Television, Morris Museum of Art, Gertrude Herbert Arts Association, and the Gracewood Credit Union for over 35 years. Brian was awarded the 2004 Outstanding Community Volunteer from the Augusta-Richmond County Partnership for Children and Families and was enrolled in the book of Golden Deeds of The Augusta Exchange Club in 2012. He was awarded the CSRA Mental Health Advocate of the Year Award from the Augusta Coalition for Mental Health in 2009, The Dr. Virginia Zachert Advocate of the Year Award from the Coalition of Advocates for the Aging in 2012, and The Eloise Woods Distinguished Service Award in 2013 for his contributions to the success of Georgia Credit Unions. Brian was a founding member of Augusta Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars, serving as Chapter Commander and Chaplain. Brian received the MOWW Patrick Henry Patriotism Medal for his continuing contribution to the values stated in the preamble, and for tireless support given to the Augusta Chapter specifically in recognition as committee chairman for the commemoration of the World War II 50th Anniversary. He was also acknowledged with the dedication of the Brian J. Mulherin Human Resource Management Internship Program-SHERM by the Savannah River Area Society for Human Resource Chapter at the 50th Anniversary to honor his character, service, dedication, and positive influence. He and his wife, Neita, were recognized by the University Health Care Foundation Founders Remembrance Society, the Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta and the CSRA, and both were the recipient of the Jimmy Dyess Symposium's Distinguished American Award. Both have spent much of their lives as advocates and volunteers for mental health. Besides the many contributions Brian made, one of the things he enjoyed was his service as Santa. His appearances ranged from visits to the children of St. Mary School and the Exchange Club Children Christmas Party to the Rotary Clubs of Augusta as well the Georgia Regional Hospital Mayor's Motorcade to mention a few. He was a lover of animals, the outdoors, motorcycles, and boating. At 63 he was a proud owner of a 1982 FL T80 Tour Harley Davidson motorcycle and is a member of the Harley Owners Group. He also has 1989 16 foot Sea Ray with original 145 horsepower outboard motor docked at Fort Gordon. In addition to his wife, Neita, survivors include three sons, Brian "Bo" Mulherin, Jr. (Cathy) of Tallahassee, FL, Thomas Mulherin (Vicki) of Evans, GA, Richard Hill, Jr. (Paige) of Atlanta, GA ; five daughters, Nancy Bachelder (David) of Hilton Head, SC, Kathy Carroll (Michael) of Lanai, HI, Anita Shackelford (Dean) of Melbourne, FL, Mary Ruth Hamilton (Hugh) of Augusta, GA, Andrea Carey (Clifford) of Augusta, GA; 15 grandchildren, Kimberly Werner (Hunt), David Bachelder Jr. (Kathryn), Jessica Parks (Jonathan), Jay Crook (Hiller), Josh Crook (Erica), Lauren West, Alicia West (James), Natalie Thompson (Branford), Rachael Hamilton, Shelby Hamilton, Richard Plunkett (Caro), Andrew Plunkett, Charles Plunkett, Taylor Anne Hill, Richard Hill III; 10 great-grandchildren, McCarty Beckerman, Zachary Beckerman, Silas Crook, Zoe Crook, Will Faircloth, Blake Werner, James Thomas IV, Ford Thompson, Henry Thompson, and Beckett Plunkett. Mr. Mulherin was preceded in death by his parents, the late Joseph Louis Mulherin and Elizabeth Mahoney Mulherin, and by his first wife, the late June Nichols Mulherin; two daughters, the late Barbara Mulherin and the late Jeannie Mulherin. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Knights of Columbus Patrick Walsh Council and Assembly 174, Irish American Heritage Society, Augusta Chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Augusta Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars, and the Kiwanis Club of Uptown Augusta. If so desired, memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene Street, Augusta, GA 30901 or St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church, 1420 Monte Sano Ave, Augusta, GA 30904. Please sign the guestbook and send condolences at www.plattsfuneralhome.com Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Avenue, Augusta, GA 30904 The Augusta Chronicle-February 22, 2016



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March 17, 2016
We have all lost one of the last truly Southern gentlemen. It was always a delight speaking with him in person or over the phone. Long after his retirement from the Army he continued to support the military at Fort Gordon--especially at Christmas. He and the wonderful members of the Uptown Kiwanis Club never failed to remember our military children. My condolences to his much loved family.
Lynn Harshman
February 25, 2016
Col Mulherin was an outstanding member of the Reserve Officers Association. He dedicated himself to the local high schools and college with our awards programs despite his age. We wish to extend our sympathies to his wife and family. Sincerely, LTC(Ret) Duane Richards, Georgia ROA
Ltc Duane Richards
February 23, 2016
Hi family: Tom and Nancy and the rest of family. I just found out about the lost of your father,husband etc. You all have my deepest sympathy!!!! Love you Sharon James (Barbara's housekeeper!!!!!☺☺☺☺☺☺☺
Sharon James
February 23, 2016
The sun was shining beautifully today through stained glass windows of the church that was full of family and friends honoring the unselfish, generous life of a wonderful man, Brian Mulherin. To Nita and family, may your sweet memories keep your spirits uplifted.
Sandra S. Williams
February 23, 2016
So sorry for your loss Neita. I have such fond memories of Brian. He was a great man who will be greatly missed.
Letitia Wheatley
February 23, 2016
Neita: Mr. Mulherin was a friend and my mentor at Ga. Regional Hospital for 34 years! We both retired in 1999! He was a true advocate for Mental Health and I learned a great deal from him. He was always there for me in my decision making and always felt he led me in the right direction. I know you will miss him and he wil truly be missed in Augusta! Catherine Fulmer Varnadoe
February 23, 2016
Brian was my friend and comrade. His kindness and sweetness will be remembered for all eternity. The world is a little less kind with his passing. How I will miss his smile, his wit and wisdom. Brian I truly love you

Larry Walker
February 23, 2016
We are so very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in your memories and faith at this difficult time. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. With Our Sincere Sympathy. Joan and Glenn Morris
February 22, 2016
Dear Neita and the Mulherin Family,
Rarely does one even have the privilege of being in the presence of a man like Brian Mulherin. I count it as a blessing to have known him and been mentored by him. He was my Executive Officer in the 382nd Field Hospital and taught me and many officers in the Army Advanced Course. As a member of Uptown Kiwanis Club it was sheer joy seeing him each week. Our children, Allyson and Walter, never missed a Kiwanis Christmas Party, and even after becoming adults they continued coming and sitting on Santa's lap. Tens of thousands of people that were fortunate enough to know Brian could share these sentiments. I've never had a personal relationship with anyone who made me feel the way Brian did. I loved him. God bless you Neita.
Walt Worsham
February 22, 2016
Brian has been a dear friend of mine since arriving to Augusta in 1992. I have the dollar he gave me for my son when he found out I was expecting 11 years ago. I saved it in my son's baby book where I wrote about Brian and how I hoped my son could be as much of a blessing in his life as Brian has been for so many. Those words were heartfelt when I wrote them and they still are as I share that with the family and friends who loved him as I did. He was a wonderful supporter of my career development work with students at the university and an incredible friend, colleague and role model. I feel very fortunate to call him a friend. Blessings to the family. Thank you for sharing him with us all of these years. We are most certainly better for it!
Julie Goley
February 22, 2016
Mr. Mulherin was one of the kindest individuals I have ever come across. His value and worth to this society and his SHRM Family is immeasurable. His wit was so sharp and funny. When he would speak, all would listen. Prayers to his wife and family. He will be missed but will always hold a place in our hearts.
Debbie Fechtman
February 22, 2016
Remembering you during this difficult time. Brian was such an incredible man. I had the honor of knowing him through the HR Community. He was such an encouragement to me and always brought a smile to my face. He will be missed.
Sally Roberts
February 22, 2016
So sorry to hear about Brian! He was always such a caring and loving man and was always very nice to me. I will miss him.
Frank Brittingham
February 22, 2016
Thinking of you Neita. I loved Brian very much! I am sorry I won't be able to attend the funeral but my heart will be there with you.
Love,
Sally Brittingham
Sally Brittingham
February 22, 2016
ARE THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO THE MULHERIN FAMITY AND BO HE WAS A GOOD MAN AUGUSTA WILL MISS HEM
LARRY AND JUDY ISON
February 22, 2016
We are so sorry for your loss. It was an honor to have known such a great person and to have shared many good times with him. Brian will live on in our memories forever,
Our condolences to you and the Mulherin family.
Gary and Glenda Engen
February 22, 2016
Brian was dearly loved both at Georgia Regional Hospital and later here at East Regional Hospital. He was a dear friend, and I think of him with great fondness. I wish peace, comfort, and strength for his family
Michael Scharff
February 22, 2016
Neita and family,

Brian was such a kind and gentle soul. I must say his absence at the 7:45 mass on Sunday was felt. I will miss his infectious smile. I know God had His arms open wide for Brian on Friday when he arrived at his eternal home.
Much Love and God Bless to the entire family.
Christy Gilmour
Christy Gilmour
February 22, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family, Nancy. Patricia Bailey
February 21, 2016
I will always fondly remember Mr. Mulherin's appearances as Santa Claus at the Kiwanis Christmas luncheons. I attended many time as a child with my grandfather, Art Maier.
Paul Dye
February 21, 2016
thoughts and prayers to the Mulherin Family.
JT
February 21, 2016
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Cheryl Butler
February 21, 2016
Jim & Barbara Autry
February 21, 2016
What a fine man. May we strive to serve in his image which was Christ.
Pat and Don McArdle
February 21, 2016
What a wonderful person to have known. Brian was kind and loving and always had something kind or witty to share. My prayers are with your family, may you find peace in the wonderful memories.
East Central Regional Hospital, Gracewoo
Barbafa Autry
February 21, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you in this time of loss.
Larry and Marlene Sides
February 21, 2016
So Sorry to hear Mr Mulherin has passed on to be with God. Our prayers are with you all.
Mario & Brenda Carey
Mario Carey
February 21, 2016
Mr. Mulherin never failed to bring a smile to the faces of the patients/individual at the hospital, as well as all of the staff. I had the privledge of working at the hospital, seeing him play Santa, and bring joy to everyone. God must have needed a new emcee! God bless and many prayers for the family and the community.
Karen Paschall
February 21, 2016
Thinking of you and praying, Love, Andra and Craig
February 21, 2016
Neita, and family, I mourn the loss of dear friend. I have known and worked with Brian for many years. What a blessing he was to the Augusta community and served us with such dignity. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Lillian-Katharine Blanos
February 21, 2016
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Tony Mulherin
February 21, 2016
I met Mr Mulherin some 15 years ago or so working with United Way and at a part time job for Smith's Chevron. He was the most caring and humble a person you would ever want to encounter. If you did not have the chance to be touched by him in some way, you have missed out on one of Gods blessings here on earth. He will be truly missed. May God comfort you and your family in your time of loss, but His time of gain.
Zaraus Beard
February 21, 2016
Warmest personal regards.
Frank Clark
February 21, 2016
I was in the 382nd Field Hospital Reserve unit with him. Everyone liked him as he never met a stranger and had a friendly smile on his face always. A great man! My sincere condolences to the family.
Lamar Garrard
February 21, 2016
What a great man Mr. Mulherin was. I'm glad to know him for many years. My former boss at one time, he taught more than just valuable skills, but how to become a better person. Forever grateful. Prayers for the family.
Sandra Boone
February 21, 2016
Thomas, we are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and Vicki during this difficult time.
Colin Theis
February 21, 2016
Neita, on behalf of Brian's fellow members of the Augusta Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (formerly TROA), condolences on the passing of a great gentleman and fellow veteran.
Don Stephens
February 21, 2016
Brian was such a fine person.
Maxine Melcher
February 20, 2016
So very sorry to hear of Mr. Mulherin's passing. Worked for his wife at mental health but I will always remember how gracious and kind he was any time I saw him.
Elizabeth Whitten
February 20, 2016
I was so sorry to hear of Brian's passing. Perhaps I should clarify - sorry for us left behind without his cheerful presence, but I rejoice for him as he is now in heaven with the Lord. He was my dear godfather and will be missed. The Lord bless you, his family, with His comfort.
Virginia Barron
February 20, 2016
Dear Mulherin family:

Today I mourn the passing of a really wonderful man and great community activist in Augusta, GA. Brain was someone I could always count on during my 13 years as the Director for Adult Literacy for The Richmond County Board of Education and Augusta Technical College. He never missed a single one of our GED gradulations and he was a great motivational speaker to our students. Thanks Brian for everything...rest in pease, you will be dearly missed.

My condolence to the family,
Sheila Hightower-Allen
February 20, 2016
Mr. Mulherin was much loved by patients and staff at Gracewood. I would see him when going to the post office and we would speak to each other. My prayers are with you and your family. A verse that I found says, "Your wings were ready but my heart was not." Feel comforted that he is with the Lord and is no longer suffering. Cheryl Pierce, Retired from ECRH
Cheryl Pierce
February 20, 2016
My prayers are with Neita and all the Mulherin family at this difficult time. We were all so blessed to have Brian among us for so many years, although we would have wanted him among us forever. He was such a wonderful Catholic gentleman and brother Knight and Hibernian. It was always such a pleasure to share his company as he regaled us with his wit and wisdom. He was involved in so many church, charitable and civic events throughout his life, and his incredible volunteer spirit will be missed by so many. He was a tremendous role model, but he set the bar so high that few of us can ever hope to rival his warm, giving spirit in this lifetime. I have no doubt that heaven is an even more joyous place now that Brian is there to regale them with his loving humor. May God surround all his family and friends with His loving comfort as we commemorate the passing of one of His angels from our midst.
Jeff Ryan
February 20, 2016
Mrs. Mulherin, on behalf on all my family please accept this expression of sympathy for your loss. My parents, Joe and Katie, thought the world of your husband as did my brother Jack and I. The parish and entire community will be poorer for his passing.
Jody O'Connell
February 20, 2016
To Neita and family,

Brian was the finest man I knew and will be missed by so many people, both friends and family. He was someone who never met a stranger. His contributions to his community were so many and everyone will miss him seeing him. He is with God now. His family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Judy Griffith
February 20, 2016
Love and prayers go out to you Andrea, your dear mother and all your family.
Melissa Harpring
Melissa Harpring
February 20, 2016
May your lovely spirit sit in the Lords arms with great comfort.
jacquleine warner
February 20, 2016
Brian was a lovely spirit that i will never forget. He will be truly missed but heaven is smiling and enjoying his lovely spirit. Love always and my prayers for Neita and the family.
jacqueline warner
February 20, 2016
To Neita and family, Sir Knight Brian Mulherin, will be sorely missed and on behalf of all the Knights and Sir Knights in Augusta, we send our prayers and sympathy to you and your family in your time of sorrow. May God richly Bless you all. Tim McCarthy, DD 24.
Timothy McCarthy
February 20, 2016
We lost a wonderful human being with the passing of Mr. Mulherin. He was a true friend to those of us living with Mental Illness, I will be eternally grateful for his guidance, and time.
Julie Robert
February 20, 2016
I went to school with Mr. Mulherin's daughter, Barbara, at St. Mary's. We were very close when we were young and Brian was such a sweet man. I left town after high school, but when I returned and would see him at mass, he alway knew who I was. What a funny, wonderful, loving man. He will be missed.
Kathleen Real Anderson
February 20, 2016
Mrs. Mulherin you and your family are in our prayers.
Holly Smith
February 20, 2016
Praying for all of the Mulherin family during this time of loss!!!
James (Jamie) Lawrence
February 20, 2016
Nieta & Family: So sorry to read of Brian's passing. I would see both of you at various functions and he always had a twinkle in his eyes and a smile. He will be missed.
Bill Baab, Outdoor Editor (retired), The Augusta Chronicle.
Bill Baab
February 20, 2016
Thomas and Vicki, Sending you and your family my deepest sympathy and condolences for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Laura Maioriello
February 20, 2016
DEAR BRIAN
THE LORD NEED YOU IN HEAVEN. MAYBE HE HAS PLENTY "NOW AND LATER " FOR YOU
WE WILL MISS YOU
THE SGM'BUNKER LUMPKIN RD
February 20, 2016
Neita and family,
My deepest condolences on the loss of Brian.He was so loved by this community and especially our Saint Mary on the Hill Family.
You have our love, prayers and support.
Ann Gilmour
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