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In Loving Memory of

Donald William Mullan

1937 - 2022

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.

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Bob Hodgins
1 year ago

Sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Don had a major positive impact on me and others while I was going up. He was the Leader of the cub scouts group I attended in Preston. Thanks Don for being the person you were. A caring, thoughtful, fun, high energy and great person. RIP my friend.

Lois and Keith McDonald
1 year ago

Thinking of everyone with the passing of Don….we loved him, his great smile, humor and gentle caring spirt. May God comfort and give you strength at this time. Hold the good memories close, they will be of comfort to you.

Everett & Lena Parkes
1 year ago

To the Mullan & Templeman Family. Both Everett and I would like to say how sorry we are to hear off Don’s passing. His lwork here on earth is finished and now he is in a better place, without pain and suffering.
He has left his children and stepchildren quite a legacy to remeber him by.
I would like to remind you children that “Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life, to get to the Father you must go through His Son.”

Gord Howard
1 year ago

I’m very sorry for your loss. Don hired me at The Review, and he was a good man to work for and work with. My sincere condolences.


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