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Thomas Francis Mulcahy


1921 - 2015
Thomas Francis Mulcahy Obituary
Thomas Francis Mulcahy
May 21, 1921 - May 29, 2015
Resident of Palo Alto
Our beloved father and grandfather passed into eternal life on Friday, May 29th. Tom is survived by his children Lynn Paulsen, Peggy O'Brian (Richard), Tim Mulcahy (Tami) and Mike Mulcahy (Erin). He is also survived by his grandchildren Kate Hawkins (John), Libby Paulsen, Kevin O'Brian (Kelly), Kelley Syverson (Chet), Kelsey and Colin Mulcahy, and Sean, Connor and Riley Mulcahy. Great grandfather to Carter, Cohen and Casen Hawkins. Tom was born in San Francisco to Thomas Francis Mulcahy Sr. and Addie Sanguinetti and grew up in the Sunset District attending St.Anne's Elementary and Saint Ignatius College Prep.
Tom was a proud "Old Blue" having graduated from Cal in 1943 (Varsity Crew) and was a founding member of the Bear Backers, a group dedicated to raising funds for Cal athletics. While attending Cal, Tom met the love of his life, Isabel Schemel, a beautiful co-ed from nearby Mills College. Tom and Isabel would continue their love story, writing as often as they could, through WWII as Tom served honorably as a Naval Officer for four years.
Tom and Isabel would marry in 1948 and settle in Palo Alto. They loved Greenmeadow, Maui vacations with family and Cal lead trips to Europe.
Tom will be missed by all who knew him but take comfort he has been reunited with Isabel.
The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Arnold Sabado, a treasured caregiver to Tom in his final years.
A Funeral Mass and Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, June 19th at 10:30am, St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 745 Waverley St., Palo Alto, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Tom Mulcahy to St. Elizabeth Seton School, 1095 Channing Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on June 5, 2015
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