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David Mulvihill

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David Eugene Mulvihill August 10, 1940 – January 18, 2012 David Eugene Mulvihill, age 71, of Temecula, California, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. He was a resident of Temecula, CA, since 1984. David was born on August 10, 1940 in Hammond, Indiana, to Richard J. and Pearl Augustina (Gatto) Mulvihill. His family moved soon after to Chicago and, at heart, David was always a Chicago boy. David came from a family of seven brothers and one sister. His family lived on the North side near Chicago Avenue and Sedgwick Street. He attended Saint Dominic’s through grade school and was an altar boy. He was a bookworm from an early age and made weekly walks to the Newberry and Humboldt Park libraries for books. Listening to classical music on a small record player and sandlot baseball were favorite activities. David attended Tuley High School, always earning straight A’s in math, chemistry and physics. Around this time, he developed an enthusiasm for pinochle and played for hours with his friends in a storefront they rented as a clubhouse. After graduation David attended the University of Illinois, Chicago campus, where he studied chemistry. David began his career in the field of chemical research, laboratory administration and patent research, eventually working as a Project and Engineering Administrator. He retired in 1996 from BW/IP International, after more than twenty years of service. His final position was Flowserve Seal Division Western Hemisphere Human Resource Manager. He traveled often on his work throughout the US, Mexico, Europe and the Far East. He was known for hard work, intellect, wit and humor, and a sincere interest in the welfare of the people he worked with. He met his wife Mary Elizabeth Young (born in Champaign, IL) in 1977, while they were both working on the Borg Warner Clinch River Breeder Reactor project. They had both moved to California prior to meeting. The attraction was immediate and unwavering. David asked Mary to join the lunchtime pinochle group as his playing partner. He was a master player who could count a double deck in his sleep, and Mary couldn’t remember the last card she played. David and Mary were best friends and the love of each other’s lives for 35 years. David enjoyed and supported Mary in everything, especially her passion for art and painting. Together they enjoyed books, history, conversation, nature and their dogs - and a lifelong commitment to liberal, humanitarian and environmental causes. David was generous, good-humored and encouraging. His wit was quick and to the point. He wanted the best for everyone he met. He sincerely wanted to know what everyone had to say. He loved good conversation and debate and was always willing to listen to both sides. Books and learning were a lifelong passion. He enjoyed his computer, his Facebook friends and his Kindle. David’s best day was a day with his wife, Mary. David is survived by his wife, Mary Young Mulvihill, of Temecula, CA; his brothers Nathan, Hugh, and Daniel Mulvihill and Walter Richter; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Joe and Carolyn Young, Steven and Diann Young and Deborah Young; and by his faithful shelties, Teddy and Sophie. David had a close interest in and love for his many nieces and nephews, Michael, Richard, David, Daniel, Nancy, Christopher and Mindi Mulvihill; Carmella Riley; Stasi Daugherity; Daniel, Casey and Ryan Richter; and Aaron, Gregory, Christopher, Andrew, Laurel, Allen and Kevin Young. David’s smile and engaging nature will be missed by all. His love, spirit and character will continue to guide us as he dwells in the house of the Lord forever. SERVICE A memorial service and visitation in remembrance of David will be held at the England Family Mortuary on Saturday, February 25th, at 11:00 a.m. A reception for family and friends will be held 2:00 p.m. Those planning to attend the reception should please RSVP for directions to Flowers may be sent to England Family Mortuary. Donations can be made in David’s name to Heifer International ( or the American Lung Association (

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  1. Boyo as I knew him on FT became my friend through a silly game. He entered my heart when he called me “Brat” the first time. He and my father shared their name and their nickname for me. They are both sincerely loved and missed by me.

  2. David was a great part of our family and a wonderful partner for my sister. He will always live in our memories.

  3. David was managing HR when I came to work at BW/IP. He took the time to meet with me during the hiring process and helped me decide that it was a great place to work. He supported my choice to return to college in pursuit of my degree, which required special attention from him to justify with the company. As I grew into supervision roles, his guidance and training was invaluable. I will always appreciate his support and hold him as an example of a great HR leader.

  4. David was my mentor and friend. I had the pleasure of working with him when he “temporarily” transferred to the Temecula Seal Division in 1984 through his retirement in 1996. He will be remembered as a fair man and missed by many. Until we meet again.

  5. David worked in Temecula in the 1990’s, as HR manager for a small seal division that now has grown into a 700M dollar global seal business. This was a time of rapid growth and learning, and David was instrumental in bringing in talented people who could help us grow. I viewed David as a friend, mentor, and business partner. He knew the rules, where they were firm and where we could work around them, and how to explain them to a young engineer like me. He always took the time to do that, and I appreciated it greatly. Thanks David, for your valuable contributions to our business. You will be missed by many.

  6. David, At BW/IP we argued and laughed at times. I learned so much from you and appreciate your honesty and dry sense of humor. Then we learned we are distant relatives. You will truly be missed. God Bless,

  7. Dear Mary please accept my condolences. David and my husband Sal went to Tuley together and we knew his brother Danny and his wife Kathy very well. Please know my prayers and thoughts are with you at this sad time. My husband Sal passed away April 2011. He and David talked on the telephone various times and David was on FB with me.

  8. I was so shocked and deeply, deeply saddened to hear this news. David Mulvihill aka Davyboyo was an amazing person; a person I truly called a friend. I will miss our many Facebook chats and emails on topics concerning just about everything: philosophy, books, movies, religion, opera, politics, etc. He was a just a remarkable human being and he will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mary Mulvihill and Cheryl Mulvihill and the entire family during this very difficult time. Blessings to all!

  9. I’m sorry, I never knew him as well as I always wanted too but I was always proud to know he was my godfather. Till we meet again.

  10. In the last few years I reconnected with my cousin David whom I had not seen since we were children. I’m very sorry to learn of his passing. He was the only member of his family with whom I had contact. In that short period I came to know him as a caring person and I will miss him.

  11. Mary, I was shocked to hear about David. He was one of my favorite FarmTown friends on FB. He always asked about my health each time I posted about having Chemo. I will miss him truly. This only goes to show, you don’t have to meet a person face to face to become connected. May God Bless you and your family.

  12. Mary, I was so blessed to have had David in my life, both as a friend and a mentor. He will be greatly missed by his many friends. My heartfelt condolences go out to you and the family.

  13. Mary, I will dearly miss David, he was a great friend and uncle. I will remember most our vacations to clear lake where we would discuss the world and the latest book being read. With my deepest sympathy, Chris Young

  14. Mary, I’m thinking about you everyday and you are always in my prayers. I will miss saying hello to David, like I got to when he answered the phone. What a good, kind man. Love, Lynne

  15. My brother and I were good friends of Dave in Chicago. Dave also like my parents and they liked him. He would go on outing with us to the Illinois Dunes State Park on Lake Michagen near Wisconsin. Dave also hung around with us at the Russian Club on LeMoyn and California Aves. Dave played pinochle with my father a few times and learned a thing or two from him. My father seldom lost but Dave beat him a few times. I wish the best for you, Mary. The world will miss Dave.

  16. Nate and Cheryl, my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this very sad time. May your fond memories of this very interesting man soften the sorrow in your hearts.

  17. Uncle David was a wonderfully kind, and caring soul. His intellect was admirable, and his politics firmly rooted in the goodness of humanity. I am blessed to have known him. He will be missed by us all.

  18. When I think of David, it brings joy and thanks to him, becasue he is the one that decided to hire me into this Company that would become like a family to me, we had music in common and he love to talk to me about it, specially once he knew I was a Viola player in a symphony. He was very pleasent to talk to and very funny at times. I will sharish the times together and it was an honor for me to have been one of his last employees. God Bless you David and keep you very near by. Love. Cecilia.

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