Henry Wyman "Hank" MULCHAHEY

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MULCHAHEY, Henry Wyman "Hank"

98, of Largo, FL, died September 10, 2018. He was born September 19, 1919 in Cranston, RI to parents, Earl and Geneva Mulchahey. His wife, Marjorie died in 2011; and their son, Ned in 1987. His survivors include his daughter-in-law, Lori Mulchahey; two granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; and a niece and nephew.

He received his BA in aeronautical engineering just as WWII began, enlisted in the Army Air Corps, and helped establish a technical training facility that taught hundreds in how to maintain military transport planes. He subsequently flew almost 500 missions in the African and European theaters, and survived several crashes and a bomb from the London Blitz Krieg. Like so many of the "Greatest Generation," he rarely spoke about the war, although its influence was huge. Hank continued this military commitment after the war as an active member in the local American Legion.

He pursued a life-long career in plastics engineering, and thought one of his most successful achievements was participating in the development of the first variable rate pacemaker. He and Marjorie retired to Fairway Village in Largo in the late 70s. His last five years were spent at Regal Palms Assisted Living facility in Largo where he applied his contagious humor and warm personality to staff and residents alike.

He enjoyed people and was a clown in parades and a docent in a museum. He loved reading, history, dogs, golf, flying, restoring antique cars, building and sailing boats, and creating numerous (and oftentimes whimsical) forms of art.

Private family services and interment were performed at the Swan Point Cemetery in Providence, RI.

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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Jan. 13, 2019