Joseph Andrew Mulkern, aka "Uncle Red," "Joe," "Brother," "Island Red," passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, in the comfort of his favorite recliner. He was born on Sunday, July 30, 1933. The son of Joseph P. and Catherine E. (Egan) Mulkern, he was bred and buttered in South Boston. At a suspiciously young age Red entered the United States Marine Corps and served in Korea. After the Korean Armistice Agreement on July 27, 1953 he was assigned to duty with the First Provisional Demilitarized Zone Police Company, First Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. (Also, see: http://www.military.com/HomePage/UnitPageHistory/1,13506,710891%7C707332,00.html and http://www.tecom.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/5055/Article/91723/remembering-the-past-1st-provisional-dmz-marines-hold-first-reunion-aboard-parr.aspx) After serving with distinction and an honorable discharge, Red spent some time back in Southie before moving to Jackson to help his father operate the Oak Lee Lodge.
Red married Bartlett beauty Rita A. Clemons (1937-2011) where they made their home on Peg Mill Street with their son, Jonathan A. Mulkern. Red worked at Oak Lee, the U.S. Forest Service, and published the North Country Penny Saver. Many of the wooden signs you see throughout the White Mountain National Forest were created by Red. Red worked at the Red Parka Pub while also serving as the "Mayor of Glen" before moving uptown to Gabby's Pub where he holds the distinction of being sold with the business not once but twice, from Gabby's to Papa Mike's to Margaritaville. Once Red retired he moved across the parking lot to Jane's and established Heaven's Garden. He then moved back to Bartlett Village with his son and family where he became a gentleman farmer living in his cabin in the woods.
He leaves behind his son Jono, his daughter-in-law Rochelle and two grandsons, Shea Mahon and Finnian Molloy; his sister Alicia and her husband BJ Hawkes, of Jackson; his brother Tom and wife Tess Mulkern of Goodrich Falls; and his brother-in-law, Donald MacDonald, of Scituate, Mass. He was predeceased by his sister, Katie MacDonald and his nephew, Timmy Mulkern. He was the favorite uncle of Brendan Hawkes, Kathleen Mulkern VanRossum, Nora Mulkern Bean, Danny Mulkern, their spouses and children and all extended family.
Cha d'dhu'nin doras nach d'fhosgail doras. Slan Go Foill. – No door ever closed but another opened. Goodbye for now.
Joseph Andrew Mulkern's complete obituary can be found in The Conway Daily Sun or http://www.conwaydailysun.com/community/obituaries/116993-joseph-andrew-mulkern