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Edward Mulvihill III
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Edward Patrick Mulvihill III of Manteca, 81, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

Born on April 22, 1931 to Gertrude and Edward Patrick Mulvihill II in Oakland, he grew up with older sisters Gertrude (Trudy) and Madelyn (Byzie) as proud, second generation Irish-Americans. He graduated from Oakland High School in 1949, then went on to the City College of San Francisco.

Four years of service in the United States Air Force during the Korean War interrupted his college; he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at San Francisco State College in 1957. Here he pursued an interest in dramatic arts that started in high school, leading to numerous performances on stage and on television. He was a founding member of the London Circle Players theatre in Oakland, where he met Dorothy Blais, his wife of 54 years, who he spotted across the room while auditioning for a play.

During this time, Mr. Mulvihill discovered that his love of literature, combined with his interest in theatre arts, led him to his true calling as a high school English teacher, a position he held at Escalon High School for over 30 years. For many years he also served as the school drama coach, squeezing in full productions between basketball games in the girls' gym.

He treasured the dedication of the Senior yearbook to him in his second year at EHS. The many honors that followed during his teaching career included Escalon Board of Trustees Outstanding Teacher Award for 1971-72, Teacher of the Year for 1989, Homecoming Grand Marshal the year he retired, and induction into the EHS Hall of Fame.

He moved with wife Dorothy and their children Patrick, Sandy and Deanna to Raymus Village, just outside Manteca, in 1968, and remained there the rest of his life. A lifelong fisherman, who grew up fishing along San Francisco Bay, he came to love the rivers and lakes of the valley, introducing his children to the pleasures being outdoors, sitting on a shady river bank.

His other pleasures came from reading, listening to music and watching classic movies, but most particularly from tending his garden and enjoying a good pipe. He was also an avid craftsman and modeler, creating villages, intricate reproductions of train cabooses and other decorations for the home and garden.

He felt truly blessed to have so many good friends in his life, including his lifelong friend Stan Thompson, the Escalon Stockyard lunch gang and the numerous faculty and students who remained in contact throughout the years, Al and Eleanor Ackerman and his fantastic neighbors on Modoc Court.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy; his son Patrick, daughter-in-law Sharron, granddaughters Caitlin and Megan; his daughter Sandy and son-in-law William Badgett and daughter Deanna; brother-in-law Tom Byron, nieces Susan and Patricia Minger, nephew Timothy Minger, brother and sister-in law James and Carol Blais, nieces Janine (Dave) Carlson and Joan (Mark) Gockenbach and their children.

He was preceded in death by his sister Trudy and brother-in-law Dick Minger and by his sister Byzie Byron.

The family would like to acknowledge the tremendous care and genuine compassion provided by the many wonderful nurses, support staff, lab technicians and doctors at Doctors Hospital of Manteca and the home healthcare nurses and therapists whose support and encouragement kept him going this past year, as well as the emergency response crew whose respectful support was invaluable during his final moments.

The family is especially grateful to Dr. Karl Wolf, Mr. Mulvihill's primary physician.

A celebration of life was held on Friday, Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. at the Evergreen Chapel in Cherokee Memorial Park, Lodi. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that his memory be honored by planting something living or donating to the California State Railroad Museum.

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The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Jan. 23, 2013