Peter K. Mulligan
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Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home
419 Buckland Road
South Windsor, CT
Peter K. Mulligan, 77, of Vernon, and St. Petersburg, Florida, beloved husband of Sara-Lloyd (Donovan) Mulligan, died peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, with family by his side.

Peter grew up in New York and Wethersfield, and could usually be found playing basketball, baseball and soccer or being with his brother and friends when not at home or in school. He attended Trinity Prep in New York City and Wethersfield High School and was a graduate of University of Hartford. Achieving the degree took him 13 dedicated years of attending classes while working and being a father to one, two and then three children. All three children attended his graduation along with Sara. In addition to traveling together, Peter and Sara enjoyed playing games - tennis, golf, and when at the table Scrabble. Peter was a gentle and humble soul except when playing Scrabble against Sara. Others were allowed to play in their fiercely competitive games, but only so Peter and Sara could block each other from obtaining the square for triple word score. As competitive as Peter was, especially with his brother George, he was gracious whether he won or lost. He just let it go. Although Peter had a drive to do well at work, he also simply loved what he did. Peter was in banking for 40 years, the first 30 at Society for Savings as executive vice president and then until retirement as Senior executive vice president of Webster Bank where he was responsible for all retail banking, small business banking, consumer finance and insurance including 115 branches and six insurance agencies. He served as chairman of Vantis Life Insurance Company and on the boards of the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford, Eastern Connecticut Health Network and CBIA. His love of community led him to serve as the president of the Connecticut Special Olympics, which he and his family went to and rooted for every year. Above everything else, Peter's family was his top priority; he was always there for them. He treated Sara like a queen, once even digging through an eight-foot garbage barrel to find a single earring she had accidentally thrown away. As a father, Peter was known for his homemade breakfasts: eggs, French toast, home fries, bacon and most of all the sugar and cinnamon-topped fried dough. He loved Bridget doting on him and making him chocolate chip cookies (or anything chocolate), laughing at or allowing daughter Katie's mischief and listening to son Peter at the piano and partnering with him in tennis games. He enjoyed his grandsons by going with them to action movies, sporting events and theme parks. He would never miss their music or sporting competition. Peter was a fabulous dancer and athlete. He loved all sports but was most passionate about golf and tennis, which he shared with his family and closest friends. For over 35 years, Peter was one of the founding members of a special group of tennis players, The VETS, and he helped build the capital fund for ongoing scholarships for deserving athletes. To practice his golf passion, Peter had a membership at Ellington Ridge Country Club and Isla Del Sol Country Club in St. Petersburg, for over 25 years. One of Peter's proud moments was achieving both a tennis and golf championship in the same year at Isla Del Sol. He also had 3 "hole-in-ones" over the years and would joke to people that his job in retirement was to lower his handicap. Peter was less successful in his Stone Age Basketball League that he and his friends formed. That the team never really won, didn't matter because they had fun playing. Speaking of unsuccessful, he and his brother George once spent the winter in the garage building a catamaran boat. The only trouble was that it was made of wood. They hauled it off to the shore, but it wouldn't sail because it was too heavy. They laughed about it and said at least it kept them busy for the winter!

Along with his wife of over 55 years, Sara, he leaves his children, Bridget Kennedy and her husband, Timothy of South Windsor, Katie Cormier and her husband, Scott of Rocky Hill, and Peter K. Mulligan Jr. and his wife, Kimberly of Hollliston, Massachusetts; his Irish twin brother and best friend, George Mulligan, and his wife, Patricia of East Hartford; his sister, Judith Palma and her husband; Dr. Joseph Palma of Pawcatuck; his brother-in-law John Donovan and wife, Phyllis of Wethersfield; and his sister-in-law Novelle Donovan of Harrisville, Pennsylvania. He also leaves his six grandsons whom he adored, Kevin Cormier, Sean Kennedy, Ryan Cormier, Matthew Kennedy, Daniel Kennedy, Conor Mulligan; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother and Father George E. and Marda (Clemens) Mulligan; his sisters, Patricia Cotton of Georgia and Marda Bauer of Colorado; and his brother-in-law Jere Donovan of Pennsylvania.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Nov. 27, at 10 a.m., meeting directly at St. Margaret Mary Church, 80 Hayes Rd., South Windsor. Burial will be private at the request of his family.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Peter's memory may be made to Connecticut Special Olympics

https://www.specialolympics.org/programs/united-states/

connecticut

Walk to End Alzheimer now

https://bndfr.com/f3hZs

or Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

https://themmrf.org/get-involved/ways-to-donate/

Samsel & Carmon Funeral home Buckland St South Windsor has care of the arrangements. For online condolences please visit

www.carmonfuneralhome.com

At a later date, the family will be having a Celebration of Life at Isla Del Sol Country Club in St Petersburg.



Published by Journal Inquirer from Nov. 20 to Nov. 24, 2021.
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Deepest sympathy to all of Peter's family. I was a volunteer with the nursing agency and I enjoyed my time with him immensely, and getting to read about his life brought a smile to my face. I'll never forget the "holes in one" he got at cornhole - on the first shot, no doubt! What a wonderful man, and a wonderful family. I wish you all peace and comfort.
Lindsey
Other
December 6, 2021
Dear Sara, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I´m very sorry to hear of Peter´s passing. I´m thinking of you, he was a very special man!
Karlene Meyer
December 4, 2021
As a longtime volunteer leader in Special Olympics-CT, I can attest to how much Peter was beloved and appreciated. I hope the gaping hole his passing has left in your lives is quickly filled with an abundance of happy memories. With gratitude for his volunteer guidance, I offer my sincere condolences. RIP Peter.
Barbara Puffer
Work
December 1, 2021
Dearest Mrs. Mulligan (Sara), Bridget, Katie, Peter and all the Family, My sincere condolences for all of you at this very difficult time. I´m so sorry for your loss of Peter/your Dad. I have very fond memories with all of you growing up. With Sympathy and Love, Your Babysitter and Neighbor, Beth Goldrick and Family
Beth Goldrick
Other
November 27, 2021
My deepest sympathy to you Sara and family I loved his wonderful smile and his devotion to you
Bonnie Beth Pierce
School
November 23, 2021
I am very sorry to hear of Peter's passing. I worked with Peter at Society for Savings. Sending condolences to the family. Debi Dinucci and family
Debi (Stefanik) Dinucci
Work
November 22, 2021
i was saddened to read about Peter's passing and so sorry for your loss. Peter and I worked together at Society for Savings. He had a great sense of humor. I remember we had many competitive tennis matches that always seemed to end in his favor. Thinking about you and your family.
Patrick Macomber
Work
November 22, 2021
Sara and family, Our sincere condolences on Peter's passing to the entire Mulligan Family. He will surely be missed by all who knew him and the community that he served for so many years. We hold many memories of fun times while at Society for Savings.
John and Carol Parda, Capitola CA
Work
November 22, 2021
My thoughts and prays to the family I have many good memories from first federal/ Webster
Raymond Cirisoli
November 22, 2021
I was so sorry to hear of Peter's passing. I not only had the pleasure of knowing Peter during my time at Manchester Racquet Club, but also experienced his kindness and friendship when my career had shifted into the banking world. He had a great sense of humor and a great outlook on life and always showed a genuine interest in others. My deepest condolences to the Mulligan family. He will be missed.
Tom Casalino
Friend
November 22, 2021
My deepest sympathy and prayers to Peter's loved ones.
Donna Saczawa King
School
November 21, 2021
so very sorry.. . may your new life be peaceful and beautiful
Pamela bidwell
School
November 21, 2021
I remember Peter from High School (George and I were in the same class). He and George definitely looked as if they dropped from the same family tree branch. His obituary reflects a life well-lived with many significant accomplishments. Peter was a wonderful husband and father. He was a good role model for his community. Thank you. Todd Russell, Presque Isle, Maine.
Todd Russell
School
November 21, 2021
Dear Sara, Bridget, Katie and Peter: We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Peter was a joy and always added laughter to the holidays and other family gatherings. We were fortuante to be part of the extended family. Our love and prayers are with you all. I hope your fond memories fill your hearts in the years to come. Fondly, Lee, Cheryl, Cornelia and Thomas Resha (and families)
Cheryl Resha
November 21, 2021
To My very Best Boss ever also there to help me be successful! Aloha Pomaika'i Mau (All my fondest blessings and memories.)
Phillip M. Arnold
Work
November 21, 2021
Phillip M. Arnold
November 21, 2021
My deepest condolences to Katie & Bridget and family in the loss of your Dad. Keep his memory and love in your hearts and know that he is at peace. You all are in my prayers.
Janet Penney
Friend
November 21, 2021
To Peter's family - I am so sorry to hear of Peter's passing. We were colleagues at Society for Savings and Webster Bank. He was one of the nicest men I had ever worked with. God bless you all.
Jacky Raiczyk Hilliard
Work
November 21, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Pauline Cavallari
Other
November 21, 2021
Sara-So sorry to read of Peter's passing. My deepest sympathy to you and your extended family. He was a pretty special guy. You made a great couple. Gonna miss him at our 60th next year.
Ray Bame
School
November 21, 2021
Dear Peter, Cant even begin to share the kind thoughts and memories I have of you and Sara. You were the kindness most loving family man. You were so amazing to your family and most of all Sara. All us women were so jealous of how you took care of Sara all the time. The perfect husband! For sure! Thank you for letting Brenden into you life, take him to the beach with your family , and entrusting his care to me while you were away and my bathroom mirror fell all around him and he didnt get a scratch! Great memories of tennis parties! And a get away for a tennis outing in Vt. Such good times! Peter you will always be remembered!
Carol Hartmann
November 20, 2021
My deepest sympathies. You two always made me smile. Hold on to your memories.
Sue Smith Phelon
School
November 20, 2021
I have very great memories of playing tennis with Peter. He was always a gentleman and good sport. My thoughts are with the Mulligan family.
Eric Uthgenannt
November 20, 2021
Dear Sara and Family, We were devastated to hear of Peter's passing and your profound loss. Bill and I feel fortunate to have known Peter and to have shared happier times with both of you. We will always fondly remember Peter's gentle manner, understated humor and kind smile. He was a gentleman who will truly be missed. We pray that you all find peace and comfort in your own fond memories. Thinking of you with love.
Bill and Nancy Amanti
November 20, 2021
So sorry for your loss-Peter was a great person and I´m glad I got to know him all these years
Rae Blazawski
Friend
November 20, 2021
Our sincere sympathies for your loss.
Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home
November 20, 2021
We will miss you Peter. So glad we met you and enjoyed you company,
Gary & Debbie Harlow
Other
November 19, 2021
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