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Daniel S. McNulty

January 28, 1929 April 11, 2017
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Daniel S. McNulty of Birmingham, Michigan peacefully passed into eternal life on April 11, 2017. He was surrounded by all his eight children, their spouses and many of his 26 grandchildren.

Dan will be fondly remembered for his love of family and faith, his positive outlook to life and his natural caring for others. Dan was 88 years old, born on January 28, 1929 in Teaneck, New Jersey, to parents Marguerite (Henry) and Daniel J. McNulty. He grew up in West Englewood, New Jersey. He attended St Francis Xavier HS in New York City and went on to Johns Hopkins University on a full academic scholarship. Dan received a degree in Chemical Engineering and started his love of “getting involved” as he became a member of numerous clubs including: Newman Club - a national organization promoting a better understanding of Catholicism among Catholic students, Captain of the Varsity Rifle Team, member of the Chemistry Club, member of ROTC/Scabbard and Blade - whose mission is dedicated to developing aspiring and current military officers that emulate the five star qualities, member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, and member of the leadership fraternity Omicron Delta Kappa.

Dan, in addition to having a bright mind, also had the “gift of gab”, and upon graduation, was hired into a sales position by General Chemical Div of Allied Chemical and Dye in Edgewater, NJ. He was called into active duty for the United States Army as a 2nd Lieutenant in June 1951 for the Korean War. Dan served as a Company Commander in the Engineer Combat Battalion. He commanded 1,000 men in the clearing of minefields prior to the construction of bridges and roads along vital supply routes allowing military tanks, supplies and ammunition to get to the forward areas. Dan was awarded the Bronze Star for distinguishing himself by performing meritorious service in connection to military operations against the armed enemy in Korea. Dan was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant in 1954.

After the war, Dan worked for the Celanese Corporation and was transferred to Michigan in 1957. A lifelong entrepreneur, Dan soon joined Ted Monahan to form Monahan-McNulty INC, a manufacturing representative company that pioneered the use of plastics in the automotive Industry.

Dan met his loving wife of 40 years, Beatrice McCrane, a “Jersey Girl”, on a blind date and were married May 18th 1957. They joyfully and prayerfully raised 8 children together, and thus Dan and Bebe became active members of the St. Regis, Brother Rice, and Marian communities as well as many local charities. Following Bebe’s death, Dan remarried Patricia, and they shared 13 faithful years together.

Dan loved being a fun dad and orchestrating epic cross country road trips for his wife and children that included deep sea fishing at the Jersey shore, skiing and camping Up North, touring museums and the White House in D.C., bodysurfing in the Atlantic Ocean in Florida, and exploring historical U.S. wonders like Gettysburg National Battlefield and Niagara Falls. One of his greatest joys was traveling with his wife, children, and friends internationally such as Ireland, England, India, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Hawaii, Israel, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Russia and Hungary.

Dan always stayed curious. He loved spending time mastering the latest technology, especially whatever new app was popular with his grandkids. Dan joined Facebook in 2015, and in 2016, accidentally posted his first Instagram “selfie” story, tested a Virtual Reality headset, mastered Chromecast for his beloved photos, and joined Pandora radio for his Big Band, Jazz, and Irish music tracks.

Dan had a lifelong dream to belong to a tennis club and did just that as a charter member of Birmingham Athletic Club. He loved doubles tennis and squash with his buddies, the thrill of landing a blue fish off his beach in Sea Girt. He was an active sailor owning a Sunfish and a Catamaran over his years and earned the name “Dead Eye Dan” as a marksman rifleman and skeet shooter.

Dan is survived by his loving children, Kathleen McNulty (L. James) Wilson, Daniel (Melanie) McNulty, John (Michelle) McNulty, Marguerite (James) Lampertius, Mary (David) Grobbel, James (Kim) McNulty, Stephen (Jenifer) McNulty, and Rosemary (Matt) Jordan. He is also survived by his 26 grandchildren and his dear sister, Janet (Arthur) Ferrante. Dan is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Beatrice “Bebe” of 40 years, Patricia of 13 years, his daughter, Irene McNulty, his sister, Mary McNulty, and his daughter-in-law, Susan McNulty.

Dan’s legacy of love, loyalty and friendship will live on through everyone who knew him. A celebration of his life will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.), Monday 2-8pm. A Rosary will be held at 7pm. The Funeral Mass will be at St. Regis Catholic Church, 3695 Lincoln at Lahser, Bloomfield Hills, Tuesday, April 18th at 10:30am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 10am.

Charitable donations can be offered to: Priests’ Retirement Fund of Archdiocese of Detroit,
South Oakland Shelter, or www.ProLifeYouth.com.

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