Melissa Rich Mulcahy
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MULCAHY, Melissa Rich Melissa Rich Mulcahy of Springfield, MA died unexpectedly at home on September 13, 2008. She was a charming, beautiful and radiant wide eyed dream who was loved by so so many. She revered nature and cherished music, loved reading, cooking, champagne, running in the desert, Los Angeles, bocce, Dorthea Tanning, Forest Park, parrot tulips, making jam, Toppy, sunday mornings, Frida Kahlo, Ronnie & Tina, summertime, Red Sox baseball, Tom Waits, Orson Welles, Shelley Winters, Sally's pizza, U2 and having the windows wide open. She was a gifted floral designer, a devoted wife and mother. She loved her friends and smiled a lot. Melissa was happy. Ciao my shining star. Born in Cambridge on February 16, 1967, she graduated Loomis Chaffe in 1985 and Hampshire College in 1990. In addition to her broken hearted husband Mark and their beloved daughters Clementine and Florine, Melissa is survived by her mother Kay Allison of Windsor, her father Barry Rich and her brother Jeremy Rich. There will be a memorial service on October 11 at 3 p.m. at the Loomis Chaffee School Chapel in Windsor CT. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations please be made in honor of Melissa Mulcahy, to Friends of the Springfield Library, 220 State Street, Springfield, MA 01103. For online condolences and guest book, please visit www.

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Published in Hartford Courant on Sep. 26, 2008.
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September 18, 2009
Hey Mark I just found out. I worked on Pete and Pete and am devastated to hear this news so late in the game. I know what it is to find the love of your life but have not experienced the pain of losing that. My heart and prayers go out to you always. Love is eternal.
Robert Agnello
July 28, 2009
I am so sorry for your loss. Melissa and I used to work together 15 years ago and then lost touch. I'm so happy to know that she married Mark and had two daughters. I'll always remember the talks we had on music and the time I went to their apartment in Springfield for her Acadamy Awards party.
John Paquin
July 19, 2009
I can tell, even from pictures that she was warm, radiant, and beautiful in every way. She lives in on everyone who felt that radiance.
July 7, 2009
God, this broke my heart. Mark and I met in Albany a few years back when he played a gig with Walter Salas Humara. I was thrilled to finally see him live in such an intimate venue and doubly excited as we talked about our mutual love for the red sox after the show. I even have a pink pig t-shirt. Bless you and the little ones.
Paul Megna
June 25, 2009
Hi Mark,
Such terrible news. Hope you are getting by okay.
Don't know you personally but thinking of you and your girls with love and concern nonetheless.
Another lifelong fan,
Sarah Grady
June 25, 2009

I am sorry for your loss and send all my love to you and your girls.

a life long fan.
Todd Gauthreaux
May 24, 2009
Very sorry for this loss... from what I've read she seemed a very unique and thoughtful woman. It's a terrible shame for the world and to those of us that never had the pleasure of knowing her. My thoughts and condolences go out to the Mulcahy family.
Shannon McDermott
March 22, 2009
I am so, so very sorry...

I was going to write something about God, and peace, and your beloved wife and your daughters' mother keeping my best friend, Sara, company in heaven, but I just think - I think it's lousy to lose someone so wonderful so quickly . And I'm truly sorry for all of you.
Jennifer (Homer)
February 1, 2009
Ric Gratz
November 30, 2008
Dear Mark, I hope you are gettng along one day at a time with some fleeting moments of happiness now and again. I'm sure the girls help keep you sane and grounded. Thank goodness for your family. You are a good man... with good friends. My heart breaks for you. The news was so sad. I empathize with your loss. I don't understand the twist and turns of life. Melissa was a gift in your life, a beautiful moment, a lovely individual, a joy and comfort, a wife, a friend. You were lucky to have found each other amidst the chaos. I pray that the memories you created together live on forever in your heart and mind and your daughters' days. Take care of each other. Thinking of you. - Dawn
Dawn Twistol
November 22, 2008
Dear Mark:

We are so sorry to learn of your loss. Words fail in these times, but please know that you and your daughters will be in our thoughts and prayers.

John and Tracy Shields
John Shields
November 21, 2008
Our condolences to the Mulcahy family on your loss. Our deepest sympathies to you and yours.
Timothy Schwarz
November 20, 2008
I was acquainted with Missy in elementary school in Windsor, CT. I had recently reconnected with Missy through Facebook and it was through others on FB that I learned of her sudden passing. My condolences to all family and friends. She will be missed.
Melissa (Althen) Zawrotny
November 18, 2008
Mark -- So sorry to hear of your loss. We are thinking of you.
Doug and Bette Anne
Doug McLeod and Bette Anne Berg
November 9, 2008

Having seen you and Melissa together over the years and observed the obvious love you both had for one another, I mourn your loss as well. May you and your daughters be well.
Vincent Bator
October 22, 2008
Dear Mark
I was so sorry to hear of Melissa's passing, and send you and your daughters my condolences and love.
Steve Connell
October 16, 2008
It is difficult to imagine a greater loss. I am so very sorry you and your family are going through this.
Take care.
Kelsey Gray
October 11, 2008
Know that the thoughts and prayers of myself and my third grade class are with you, and your family.

Jerry Lombardo
Jerry Lombardo
October 10, 2008
How few have experienced the great love of have been given that gift!
May the love you shared with Melissa live on in Clementine and Florine.
Our prayers are daily with you!!
Sharon and Cole
Sharon Mulcahy
October 9, 2008
Dear Mark and beautiful twin daughters. We were all shocked at the news of you losing your beloved wife and our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. You are in our thoughts daily and if we can be of any help please let us know. Darlene and Ron Atkinson and Jackie Gaboury.
Jackie Gaboury
October 4, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Carol Blais
October 4, 2008
Mark, Clementine, Florine, Kay, Barry and Rich:

You are all in our thoughts and prayers and have our sincere and heartfelt condolences.

We'll always have fond memories of playing jarts and Melissa's beautiful sunflowers and smile.

Leeah and Paul
Leeah & Paul Joo & Beavers
October 2, 2008
Dear kay, Jeremy and Mark:
I am os sad to hear of the loss of Missy, I have many members of Missy growing up next door to us on Spencer ZDrive. My family and I want you to know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Maryellen Shuckerow
Essex, CT
Maryellen Shuckerow
October 1, 2008
I think of you everyday, several times a day. I am so sorry.
Jane Bailey
September 30, 2008
My thoughts are with Mark and family.
Kris Kruegel
September 30, 2008
on the beach in imperia italy, i listened to a song mark wrote the words to, a song called"fairytale" and it was about a dream come true, I am certain it was about peaches.
she was a kind, adorable, understated, lovely human being.
chris harford
September 29, 2008
Dearest Mark
I never met your dearly beloved Melissa but always observed how she made you such a happy and whole person. I only saw her once at the NYC airport saying goodbye to you. By coincidence, I was walking by and it had been years since we had spoken. What struck me was of the immense love and bond you had with each other as you tearfully said your goodbyes. I later found out you were on your way to London as you contacted me soon after to see your show. What a wonderful sight it was for me to witness , the two of you, so in love. It is not often that you find your soulmate in life.
You know I will always be the friend and support that you need at certain times in your life. Again, I am so sorry I never met her properly and had a good laugh with her, as I know we would have.
All my thoughts are constantly on you and yours at this time.
Your very good mate
Mira Chai Hyde
September 28, 2008
Dear Mark,
Prayers to you and your daughters at this most difficult time. The joy, spark, friendship and love that you shared with Peaches touched us all, and I am truly sorry for your loss. If you need me, call.
Bonnie Becker
September 28, 2008
Missy was my niece's roommate at Hampshire. We share the same birthday and every year a delicate handmade card would arrive here from Missy. I remember a visit to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Missy walking through the paths in a pretty pink butterfly dress, worrying about a wounded duck we spied in a pond.She sent me a Christmas card once with her girls' photo enclosed and a message: We are having a blast. Yes, she was happy.
kathleen daniel
September 28, 2008
I am so sorry for your loss.

I was good friends with Missy in elementary school and had just heard from her through Facebook a few days before she passed. I was looking forward to reconnecting with her and am sad that we didn't get that chance. I'm glad to see that she continued to live life to it's fullest. She made an impression on all she met.
Karen (Barrett) Roskelly
September 28, 2008
My most sincere prayers are with you and the girls. Melissa was and will continue to be most free spirited person I have ever had the honor of knowing.
Jessica Ryan
September 27, 2008
Melissa, your love, sparkle, grace (and flowers!) blessed us with many memorable days! The last time we saw you how splendid it was to see how much of your beauty and joy is carried on in your daughters. Our hearts ache with losing you - we miss you terribly. Love, Jen, Luke, and Peter.
Jennifer Cavagnac
September 27, 2008
My sincere condolences to Mark and family
jef wilson
September 27, 2008

Our thoughts are with you an your family.

With love from the Applebys (Bethany, Nick and family)
Bethany Appleby
September 26, 2008
i'll always be wherever you need me to be.
the monarchs were fluttering by yesterday.
i miss you. a lot.
September 26, 2008
I'm making "The Perry" in your honor! Journey will never be the same. I miss you Peachee!

Jeremy Marusek
September 26, 2008
Ms. Allison,
Melissa was a beautiful person and a wonderful mother. I know you will keep her memory alive for the girls. She is an angel looking down and watching over you and them! My most heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family.
Kelly Clark
September 26, 2008
quiet beautiful melissa with a wonderful sincere laugh we will all miss you.
mo & jack
maureen king
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