Denis R. Mulkern

July 4, 2008

Denis R. Mulkern

DENIS MULKERN – age 20, by accident, July 4th. Beloved son of Maureen A. (Quigley) Mulkern and Kevin M. Mulkern, both of Woburn. Dear brother of Kevin J. Mulkern and Brian P. Mulkern and his girlfriend Alissa Leto, all of Woburn. Cherished grandson of the late John and Teresa Quigley. Loving nephew of Janis Johnston and her husband Paul and John Quigley and his wife Janet, all of Woburn, and cousin of Steven and Lauren Quigley and Dylan and Ryan Johnston. He also leaves many dear friends including Renee Reynolds, Chris Gallagher, and Matt Harris. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, July 9th at 8:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Calling hours Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. Interment will be private. Donations may be made in his memory to the Woburn High School Scholarship Fund, PO Box 202, Woburn, MA 01801, or to the Woburn Nursing Center, Patient Activity Fund, 18 Frances Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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OBITUARY:

Denis R. Mulkern, 20, of Woburn, died on Friday, July 4th, as a result of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. He was the beloved son of Maureen A. (Quigley) Mulkern and Kevin M. Mulkern, both of Woburn.

Denis was born in Winchester on September 28th, 1987. As a youngster he was involved in Woburn Little League baseball and enjoyed playing the guitar. A graduate of Woburn High School with the Class of 2006, he previously attended the Altavesta Elementary and Kennedy Middle School. He loved cars and had been working for Joe Miliano at Lakeside Exxon in Wakefield, where he was learning to be an auto mechanic and had recently earned his certification. A well-liked young man, he was a hard worker who enjoyed being with his friends during his time off. He had also been working on building a racecar.

Preceding him in death were his grandparents, John and Teresa Quigley.

In addition to his mother, Maureen, and his father, Kevin, he leaves two brothers, Kevin J. Mulkern and and Brian P. Mulkern and his girlfriend Alissa Leto, all of Woburn. He was the loving nephew of Janis Johnston and her husband Paul and John Quigley and his wife Janet, all of Woburn, and cousin of Steven and Lauren Quigley and Dylan and Ryan Johnston. Denis also leaves many dear friends, including Renee Reynolds, Chris Gallagher, and Matt Harris.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, July 9th at 8:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Woburn High School Scholarship Fund, PO Box 202, Woburn, MA 01801, or to the Woburn Nursing Center, Patient Activity Fund, 18 Frances Street, Woburn, MA 01801 in honor of his late grandmother, Teresa Quigley.

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  1. Mr. and Mrs. Mulkerm

    I am very sorry to hear about denis i had the chance to spend 12 great years in school wit him. Let me tell you there was neva a dull moment wit him around. He always found a way to keep us all laughing. He will truly be missed. Im deeply sorry. Sincerly A fellow classmate!

  2. To the Mulkern family,
    I was Denis’ guitar teacher for several years. I was devastated to learn of his passing. Denis was hands down, one of my best students. From the beginning, he displayed an overwhelming passion for the instrument. As the lessons progressed, his talent and commitment were obvious, to the point where I had to do MY homework to keep up with him! All the while, he remained modest about his talent. He was a genuinely nice guy. I feel blessed to have known such a great person, he will be truly missed.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you,

    Joseph Paul

  3. Mulkern Family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Denis’passing. Dennis was a part of the first class I taught. This was a very special group of students from the Altavesta that I will never forget.
    All of the memories I have of Denis make me smile and even laugh out loud. Mrs. Mulkern, you shared a memory from 5th grade with me last night about the winter coat. I wanted to share a couple memories with you and hopefully they will bring a smile to your face during this difficult time.
    I will never forget when Denis did a report on Albert Einstein. He had to dress up like him. Denis went into the bathroom and dumped a whole bottle of baby powder over his head. There was baby powder everywhere. I thought this was so creative and so Denis! The custodians did not find it as humerous as we did. We both got yelled at, and he had to clean it up.
    Another memory that I have of Denis will not allow me to walk through Boston without thinking of him. We went on a field trip into Boston. This was the first field trip I had ever taken students on. We were walking through the park and Denis kept trying to give the bums his money. I had to keep yelling at him and had to have him stay with me the rest of the walk.
    These memories remind me of the fun-loving boy Denis was in 5th grade.
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Kim Sands Ciasullo

  4. Maureen and family,

    Words fail me so I’ll steal an old Irish Blessing that helps me sometimes.

    Do not stand at my grave and weep,
    I am not there…I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow…
    I am the diamond glints on snow…
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain…
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you waken in the morning’s hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush.
    Of gentle birds and circling flight…
    I am the star that shines at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry –
    I am not there…I did not die.

    I pray time and the love of family and friends will ease the heatache you all are suffering.

    Janice O’Rourke Damon

  5. Marilyn & Justin Reynolds(Renee Reynolds grandparents)

    Please accept our sincere sympathy. We had the great opportunity to have Denis touch our hearts and take part in family activities. He was a wonderful person who brought many a laugh to our family. He will be sadly missed.

    Warmest thoughts to your family

  6. Maureen and family, we are so very sad to here about denis.He was such a great kid,so nice to everyone.our kids thought he was the coolest person.we will miss him. Julie,Bill,Ben and Danny Doherty

  7. Susan Perkins

    To Maureen and family,

    I am so terribly sorry to hear of your loss. Although I did not know Denis, I do know the depth of love a parent has for their child. I hope that one day, the horrible grief you are feeling now will be deminished greatly and replaced with only fond and loving memories of the beautiful gift that Denis was to you.

    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Susan Perkins

  8. To Maureen, Kevin, Kevin and Brian, Janis, Dylan and Ryan,

    I can’t even begin to imagine the hurt that you are all feeling right now. Just know that time will heal all wounds and Denis will forever be in our hearts.

    “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.???~anonymous

    With Love,
    Kristin Lester

  9. To my second family,

    In this time of sorrow, it is important to remember the times of happiness. Denis was such an incredible person who was seemingly put on this Earth to bring joy to others. Between his infectious smile and his contagious laugh, Denis was always able to win over anyone who was fortunate enough to have met him. His life was cut short and it is impossible to make sense of why at this time.

    However, as a million thoughts run through your minds, please try to step back for a moment and think of all Denis had managed to achieve during his lifetime. He played his guitars, worked on his cars, and was loved by so many. The void in my heart, as is the emptiness in yours at this time, is immeasurable.

    Denis and I shared a love that most people never find in their entire lives, no matter how long they live, and for that he will forever hold a very special place within me.

    Maureen, the respect Denis had for you cannot be put into words, yet everything he did was done with you in mind. Your feelings toward his actions, whether it be regarding work or play, always factored into his decision making. He felt the same sense of protectiveness toward you that you felt toward him, and your mother/son relationship was genuinely one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. I hope you realize what an influence you had over him.

    Daddy Mulkern, you always played such a large role in Denis’s life, and were there for him whenever he needed you. The admiration he had for you was so clear among the way he spoke of you, the trucks he chose to drive, and the career he longed to pursue. He will always be your baby, no matter how much he denied it, and now he is also your angel.

    Kevin and Brian, the two of you were the greatest brothers Denis could have ever asked for, and he never forgot that for even a moment. Your bond was, and still is, unbreakable. Please remember that you need each other now more than ever. I see Denis each time I look at both of your faces and am so grateful to have you as my own brothers.

    Janis, you had the gift of always being able to make Denis laugh, no matter what sort of mood he was in. From your stories of babysitting him as a child, to your hilarious day-to-day adventures, you always brought a smile to his face. Each time you came to the house, whether it was on your own or with Dylan and Ryan, Denis would want to be there as well. You truly made him so happy.

    Alissa, Denis welcomed you to the family as his sister with open arms, despite often acting in the contrary. As the girlfriend of a Mulkern, you know their actions are done with love, and Denis certainly felt the same love toward you as he would a member of his family. If this were one year ago, we’d be off to Breakers tonight to get slush for everyone, Watermelon for Denis. Then we would laugh because it was pink. You were the sister he never had and, while he would have never admitted it outwardly, had always been glad to acquire.

    Finally, to Denis’s friends, some of the greatest people in the world. He loved and appreciated every single one of you. Each of you were always there for him unconditionally. Now, during this time of grief, it is important that you are all there for each other. I will be right there with you.

    There is such a vast amount of confusion and sadness surrounding the loss of Denis. Let us all feel privileged to have known such an amazing person. While his time here was entirely too brief, he will continue to shine down on us with his beautiful smile, and we will continue to look up to him with love.

    With deepest sympathies,

    Renee Reynolds

  10. Bill Day
    I was friends with Kevin during third grade and spent some time at the house. I remember Denis as a toddler tagging alongside our games. Upon hearing this sobering news, my thoughts are with Kevin and his Mom.

  11. Maureen and Family,

    My family is very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you and all of your family.

    Jen Robinson-Callahan and family

  12. To the Mulkern family,

    We are so very,very sorry for your loss. Denis was such a wonderful person. We had the great honor and pleasure of having him as part of our family for many years. Not only was he Renee’s boyfriend, he was like a brother to Michael and like a son to us. In that time, we watched him grow from the shy boy with a guitar, into a responsible, funny, respectful, fine young man, that you should be very proud of. We all loved Denis very much, and We will cherish our precious memories of him forever.

    With our deepest regrets and sympathies,

    Judy and Tony Dattilo

  13. Maureen, Kevin, Kevin & Brian

    I’m so sorry to hear about Dennis. Please know that my thoughts are with you all at this time.
    Love, Jen Gelvez (Chuisa)

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