Obituary of Charles J. 'Moon' Mullen

USAF
Korean War Veteran

CHARLES J. "MOON" MULLEN of Woburn, Monday, February thirteenth at eighty one years of age. Beloved son of the late Bartholomew and Madeline (McCarthy) Mullen. Loving father of Sheila M. Marshall of Woburn, Charles J. "Chuck" Mullen, his wife Carol of Billerica, Maureen M. O'Connor, her husband Michael "Mike" of Raynham and the late Mark R., and Michael Mullen. Cherished brother of Peg O'Connor, Jean McElhinney, Irene Konan, Patricia Kane, Grace Mullen all of Woburn, Anna Scroxton of Pinehurst and the late Mary Sockalowski, Bartholomew, John, and Thomas Mullen. Devoted "Gramps, " of Kerri, Mike, Christopher, Erin and Mark Marshall all of Woburn, Shannon and Connor Mullen of Billerica, Shane, Owen, Patrick and Keegan O'Connor all of Raynham. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, great and grand. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, February 18th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street at 10. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home, Friday evening 4-8 p.m. Please,in lieu of flowers and at the family's request remembrances may be made in "Moon's" honor to the Hypertropic Cardiomyopathy Research, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 75 Francis St., Boston, MA 02115.

OBITUARY:

Charles J. “Moon” Mullen, life long Woburn resident, passed away at the Kaplan Family Hospice Home, Monday, February thirteenth. The beloved son of the late Bartholomew and Madeline (McCarthy) Mullen, he was eighty-one years of age.

Born in Woburn, “Moon” the nickname he was given as a child after an old cartoon character, was one of eleven children born into the Mullen family. Raised in the “Rag Rock” section of the city, he was educated in Woburn, and graduated Woburn High School, along with the Class of 1954. Moon loved sports throughout his lifetime, played them all, but excelled in basketball while in high school. Following High School he enlisted in the United States Air Force serving his country proudly during the Korean War from 1954 to 1958. While in Korea, he had served as a Cryptographer.

Upon his return home, he had several jobs but then landed a position with the United States Postal Service and worked out of the Winchester office for over thirty four years delivering mail. Moon loved his job! To be outside, and dealing with people throughout his day, he was in his element!

Moon was the father of five wonderful children to whom he was devoted. His children were all involved in sports and he was an advocate early on for girl’s sports. Moon was one of the founders in 1967 of Woburn Rec.’s basketball league for girls! Not only did he help to establish it, but he also coached for years, even when his daughters were not on the teams. From the basketball he went to softball helping to establish the Middlesex Summer League for girls, where he also coached Woburn girls to many, many championships in eight years. Moon truly had a way of coaching that just brought the absolute best out of each individual player. They each were the best they could possibly be, in basketball and softball!

Vacations at Hampton Beach have been on going since the children were small and now they all gather together up there together with all their children and Moon visits them! Always lots of fun, cookouts, beach walks and jogs, he enjoyed it all with his children and grandchildren. A special volleyball event took place on Labor Day weekend over the years. With his children and all their friends Moon participated every single year right up to the age of seventy-five.

Moon began jogging in the 70’s and ran in many races. He and another Woburn gentleman began a running club called the “Hill Toppers.” It all began with six runners and has grown! The name changed to Shamrock Running Club and now hosts about three hundred runners! At fifty-five,“Moon” ran the Boston Marathon and did so well he did it again a year later!

Since his retirement he had a part time position at the Winchester Library helping out there. Over the years, Moon had always said that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. He stood fast to that and every day since his retirement he was part of the “Frannie’s Breakfast Club” catching up with all boys.

Moon over came many obstacles in his life. Once he teamed up with his friend Bill, Charlie’s life was full. His energy, enthusiasm and dedication to living life to the fullest were fulfilled. His love of family and friends was shared in every single thing Moon did, and his payback, indescribable.

Sadly, Moon was predeceased by his two sons Mark and Michael Mullen, his parents and siblings Mary Sockalowski, Bartholmew, John, and Thomas Mullen.

Moon is lovingly survived by his children, Sheila M. Marshall of Woburn, Charles J. "Chuck" Mullen, his wife Carol of Billerica, Maureen M. O'Connor, her husband Michael "Mike" of Raynham. Cherished brother of Peg O'Connor, Jean McElhinney, Irene Konan, Patricia Kane, Grace Mullen all of Woburn, Anna Scroxton of Pinehurst. Devoted "Gramps, " of Kerri, Mike, Christopher, Erin and Mark Marshall all of Woburn, Shannon and Connor Mullen of Billerica, Shane, Owen, Patrick and Keegan O'Connor all of Raynham. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, great and grand. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, February 18th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street at 10. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home, Friday evening 4-8 p.m. Please,in lieu of flowers and at the family's request remembrances may be made in "Moon's" honor to the Hypertropic Cardiomyopathy Research, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 75 Francis St., Boston, MA 02115.