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“My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Jack was such a wonderful man, and I enjoyed caring for him during his time at...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Sarah Tardiff, RN - Danvers, MA

“Dear Kerry,You have our condolences. He must have been a great man to have produced a daughter such as you.Ed and Ruth ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Ed Powers - Gloucester, MA

“To all of you; I am so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. I remember the 1st thing I repaired for Jack. The master bedroom closet sliding doors were...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Robert McDonough - South Yarmouth, MA

“Mary Beth, Steve and family -Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your entire family. The short time that we got to know Jack, we could tell what...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Debbie & Brian Kling - Franklin, MA

“Very fond memories when growing up and visiting John and his family on Waldo St., Providence. He was a very kind and good man as my sister and I...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Regina Kowenhoven - East Lyme, CT

“There really are no words to express our feelings at this time. Jack was a very special person and even more so a very special friend. At this...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Gloria and Tom Kay - Marlton, NJ

“Mary Beth and family, my sympathies on the passing of your father. From reading his obituary, he seemed like a wonderful husband, father, and member...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Gerry Flood


Danvers – Mr. John R. "Jack" Mullen, of Danvers, died Friday, March 17, 2017 at his home following a period of declining health. He was 90.

John was born in Providence, Rhode Island on September 6, 1926 to the late Joseph P. and Katharine A. (Kelley) Mullen and graduated from Classical High School in Providence. After high school he joined the United States Navy and served as a radio operator aboard the USS Dayton and the USS Fechteler during World War II.

After his discharge from the service in 1946 he attended Brown University in Providence and graduated in 1950. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa honor society. After that he was awarded a graduate teaching internship at the University of Connecticut where he earned a Master's degree.

On September 8, 1956 John had his best day when he married Providence native Mary E. Murphy. They enjoyed fifty-two happy years together until Mary's death on September 12, 2008.

Three years after their marriage John and Mary moved to Waltham's Saint Jude Parish where the young couple made many lifelong friends and where they raised their family. Both were involved in every aspect of parish life and after their retirement to South Yarmouth in 1992 they joined Saint Pius X Parish where they were equally active.

John's career was spent working for the United States Army first at the Watertown Arsenal and later at the Natick Laboratories where he was the Director of Civilian Personnel. After moving to the Cape he was a member of Yarmouth's personnel board for several years.

He was a long time member of the Academy for Life Long Learning, served on the council of the Blue Rock Heights Association and was a member of the Bass River and Bayberry Hills golf clubs.

He leaves his children and and their spouses, David E. and Beverly Mullen of Silver Spring, Maryland, Mary Beth and Stephen Hines of Reading and Katharine T. "Kerry" Mullen and Deborah Hardy of Gloucester and his grandchildren, Daniel Mullen and Jesus Sanchez, Christina Mullen, Jeffrey Mullen, Edward Hines and Elizabeth and Brian Kling.

John was a brother of the late Rev. Edward W. Mullen and Joseph T. Mullen.

Family and friends will honor and remember John's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Tuesday, March 21st from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Jude Church, 147 Main Street, Waltham where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be on Thursday in Chandler Gray Cemetery, West Yarmouth.

Memorial donations may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741 or to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan St., B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.