John Edward Mullarkey

March 25, 1927 - July 9, 2016
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Dad’s Irish eyes are smiling down on us! John Mullarkey, Son of Edward and Rose Mullarkey of New Bedford, Massachusetts passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on July 9th, 2016 in Albany at 89 years of age. A native of New Bedford, and a 70 year resident of Albany, CA. John is survived by 8 of his 9 children, Jim, Pat, Tom, Rosie, Joanne Asercion, Bob, Cathy Lawrence and Elaine Munyon, daughters and sons-in-law, Ilka, George, Jane, Jay, Donna, Keith and Greg; brother-in-law, Frank Correia, eight nieces and nephews, 22 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren with another one on the way in August. Preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Agnes, (2010), younger brother, Eddie, (1967), his older sister, Catherine, (2004), his daughter, Terry, (1989) and great granddaughter, Aolani, (2006)

John grew up in New Bedford during the depression and quickly learned the meaning of hard work. His first real job was at Perry’s Bike Shop at age 12 where he honed his skills of repairing and assembling bikes. This would serve him well as he got older and was working at the Goodyear plant when the War broke out. He was quickly elevated to supervisor of the many hard working adults, both the women’s day shift and the professional men’s night shift, that worked feverishly assembling life rafts for the War effort.

John may have left the East coast but his heart was always there. He took many memorable trips back to visit, probably none as special as the one in 1965 when he converted a Borgward mini bus into a motor home and hauled Agnes and his then 8 children back East to celebrate his parents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary. Until his last days John would regularly call back East to keep tabs on his and Agnes’ childhood friends,

John was a very proud Veteran who joined the Navy the day he turned 17. He served in the Pacific on the aircraft carrier, USS Hornet as an electrician in WWII and was rarely seen in recent years without his Hornet hat on. He was a long time member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Berkeley and a 65 year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 595. John was so proud to be a Union member.

He had a love of genealogy and authored a number of books about his family heritage. John loved to read and was passionate about being up on everything, never missing Charlie Rose at noon in recent years and being ready to tell anyone who came by all about it. He loved his many trips with Agnes traveling in their motor home or by plane to destinations near and far. He had many years of joy playing Rook with his buddies and being crowned King Rook several of those years.

John was a friend to everyone he met and had a special affection for children and anyone less fortunate than he. He will be truly missed!

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Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Time: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sunset View Mortuary


101 Colusa Ave, El Cerrito, CA, 94530

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Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Time: 7:00 pm

Sunset View Mortuary


101 Colusa Ave, El Cerrito, CA, 94530

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Date: Thursday, July 14, 2016

Time: 10:00 am

St. Ambrose Church


1145 Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA,

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Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, January 1, 1970

Sunset View Cemetery Association


101 Colusa Avenue, El Cerrito, CA, 94530


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Born: March 25, 1927
Died: July 9, 2016

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Vera Boyovich posted on 7/13/16

To all the Mullarkey family: My sincere condolences. I adored Mr. Mullarkey. He was always smiling and happy to see me, reaching out his hand and giving me a hug. I will remember him fondly and his love for his family. Sending you my love and prayers. May he rest in peace with the angels. Love Vera Boyovich


Michael Kistner posted on 7/12/16

What a good man! A true disciple of Jesus. So many good things I could say about John. He seemed to always teach life lessons. I'll never forget as a teenager, how tough he was on the football field. I'm not sure it was always "touch" football. He sure was a competitor! The true patriarch of the wonderful Mullarkey family! Mike Kistner


Ed Roberts posted on 7/12/16

Your Father was one of the most loved person I new when worked with John. In the 80's,he was a hard worker always smiling,Jim you remember Jesse Jackson he tagged your dad with the name Father Mullarkey. There have been a few great members in of our Local, John was a good member of our lives, He lived a good long life, he new many thing but most of all a good friend. Ed Roberts


Pam Mishoe-Chisholm posted on 7/12/16

to all of the Mullarkey's and Uncle Frank, Please know I am sending my sincere condolences. I have some lovely memories of your Dad, what a nice man. So very sorry for your loss. Pam Mishoe-Chisholm