Peter Mulligan obituary (2021) – South Windsor, CT
Peter K. Mulligan, 77, of Vernon, CT and St. Petersburg, FL, beloved husband of Sara-Lloyd (Donovan) Mulligan, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 14, 2021, with his family by his side. Peter grew up in New York City and Wethersfield, Connecticut, and could usually be found playing basketball, baseball, and soccer or being with his brother and friends when he wasn’t. not at home or at school. He attended Trinity Prep in New York and Wethersfield High School and graduated from the University of Hartford. Obtaining this degree took him thirteen years of studying while working and being the father of one, two and then three children. The three children attended his graduation ceremony with Sara. In addition to traveling together, Peter and Sara enjoyed playing games – tennis, golf and 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 that Peter and Sara could keep themselves from getting the square for the triple word score. As competitive as Peter was, especially with his brother George, he was gracious whether he won or lost. He just gave up. Even though Peter had a desire to do well at work, he also just loved what he did. Peter worked in the banking industry for 40 years, the first 30 at the Society for Savings as Executive Vice President, and then until his retirement as Senior Executive Vice President of Webster Bank, where he was responsible for all retail banking, small business banking, consumer credit and insurance, including 115 branches and 6 insurance agencies. He was chairman of Vantis Life Insurance Company and a member of the boards of the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford, the Eastern Connecticut Health Network and the CBIA. His love of community led him to serve as President of the Connecticut Special Olympics, which he and his family have attended and rooted for every year. Above all, Peter’s family was his top priority; he was always there for them. He treated Sara like a queen, even once digging through an eight-foot trash barrel to find a single earring she accidentally threw away. As a father, Peter was known for his homemade breakfasts: eggs, French toast, homemade fries, bacon and most of all the fried dough topped with sugar and cinnamon. He loved Bridget worshiping him and baking him chocolate chip cookies (or anything chocolate), laughing or allowing the misdeeds of his daughter Katie and listening to his son Peter at the piano and partnering with him in games of tennis. He loved his grandsons by accompanying them to action movies, sporting events and theme parks. He would never miss their music or their athletic competition. Peter was a fabulous dancer and athlete. He loved all sports but was especially passionate about golf and tennis, which he shared with his family and closest friends. For over 35 years Peter was a founding member of a special tennis player group, The VETS, and he helped build the capital fund for ongoing scholarships for deserving athletes. . To practice his passion for golf, Peter had been a member of the Ellington Ridge Country Club and the Isla Del Sol Country Club in St. Petersburg, Florida for over 25 years. One of Peter’s proudest moments was winning a tennis and golf championship that same year at Isla Del Sol. He also had 3 “holes in one shot” over the years and joked with people that his job in retirement was to reduce his disability. Peter was less successful in his Stone Age basketball league than he and his friends had formed. It didn’t matter that the team never really won because they were having fun playing. Speaking of failure, he and his brother George spent the winter in the garage building a catamaran. The only problem was that it was made of wood. They hoisted it up to shore, but it couldn’t navigate because it was too heavy. They laughed at it and said at least it kept them busy for the winter! With his wife Sara for over 55 years, he leaves behind 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, MA ; his twin brother and Irish 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 his wife Phyllis of Wethersfield and his sister-in-law Novelle Donovan of Harrisville, Pa. He also leaves behind his 6 adored grandsons, Kevin Cormier, Sean Kennedy, Ryan Cormier, Matthew Kennedy, Daniel Kennedy, Conor Mulligan and several 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 Christian funeral mass will be held on Saturday, November 27, 202 at 10 a.m., meeting directly at St. Margaret Mary’s Church, 80 Hayes Rd., South Windsor. The burial will be private at the request of his family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Peter can 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 is taking care of the arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com At a later date, the family will host a Celebration of Life at Isla Del Sol Country Club in St Petersburg, FL.
Posted by Hartford Courant on November 21, 2021.