Obituary of Donald William Mullan
Rev. Dr. Donald William Mullan, DD, GPS, NOSF
Passed away unexpectedly in his 85th year at Tabor Manor in St. Catharines on February 13, 2022. Born in Galt Ontario, April 26th, 1937. Archbishop Mullan was a loving husband to Catherine Templeman Mullan and Beverley Evers (predeceased). Father to John, Michael (Darlene) and Pamela (Shelley). Loving grandfather to Stefanie, Jeff, and Aiden. Stepfather to Lynn (Robert), Dan (Lynn), William, Lisa (Matthew), Tom, and fellow Leaf and Blue Jays fan Paul. Proud Grampy to Kristen, Stacy, Bryan, Rory, Olivia, Madelaine, Cooper, Adam, and Elizabeth. Great-grandfather to several great-grandchildren. Best friend to Fr. John Brown. Brother of Verna (Dave) Beattie, Robert (Bev) Steward, Jean Steward, Jimmy Steward (predeceased), and Cheryl (Mike) Gunslinger. Predeceased by William (father) and Lillian (mother) Mullan, and Dorothy Krupp (mother).
Donald was recognized for many accomplishments as a young man, which took him into a distinguished career in the newspaper industry winning many awards. He spent thirteen years (1977-1990) as Managing Editor for the Niagara Falls Review, where one of his favourite projects was writing his “Mul lan it Over” column. In Niagara, Donald was an active volunteer in Big Brothers, Meals on Wheels, and Scouting, as a leader and DC. Don was also on many community Boards. He was named "Niagara Falls Volunteer of the Year" by the Blossom Festival Awards Committee. Donald served as a trustee on the Preston Board of Education and as managing editor of the Guelph Daily Mercury (1969). He was the founder of the Preston Minor Softball Association and the Inter-County Softball Association. Donald was also named the Town of Preston's Outstanding Young Man of The Year in 1969.
In 1978, Donald was ordained into the priesthood of the Old Catholic Church, where he ascended to the position of Presiding Archbishop of Christ Catholic Church International (1980). His passion of doing good in the community led to the establishment of multiple church parishes (St. Luke, St. Francis and St. Dismas in Fort Erie) and the Holy Family Boys Home in Niagara Falls providing troubled youth with a warm and safe place to go.
Donald will be remembered for his kindness, sense of humour, enthusiasm for sports (Toronto Blue Jays and Maple Leafs), and his dedication to making the world a better place.
Interment will take place at a later date in Cambridge/Preston. A special thank you to all the staff at Tabor Manor for their attention and care.
Arrangements are entrusted to Essentials Cremation and Burial Services (905-354-2133). If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
There are no upcoming public services scheduled or the service has occurred in the past.
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