Daniel J. Mulcahey, 87

OSWEGO, NY – Daniel J. Mulcahey, 87, of Oswego, passed away Thursday morning April 9, 2015, at Morningstar Care Center.

He was born October 22, 1927, in Fulton, NY, the only child of Daniel J. and Ruth (Dingle) Mulcahey.

Daniel J. Mulcahey
Daniel J. Mulcahey

In May of 1952, he married Jane Cullinan Mulcahey, who died in 2005.

Dan grew up in Oswego, on West Seventh Street, and graduated from St. Mary’s Elementary and Oswego High School where he received one of the few (in 1946) New York State Regents Scholarships to help pay for college.

Dan was only 14 when World War II started in 1941, but started to prepare himself for possible pilot training by joining the Civil Air Patrol and ultimately became the cadet leader of the Syracuse chapter.

Following this he also was accepted in the Air Ccorps enlisted reserve (A.C.E.R.) at 17 as a further step toward his goal.

World War II combat was effectively ended in 1945; Dan was released from the A.C.E.R. but enlisted in the US army after graduation from Oswego High School.

He did his basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

After basic training, he was called to the personnel office upon discovering he could type.

Dan became a clerk-typist at Fort Knox.

Later Dan was only transferred to Fort Riley, Kansas, where he rose to chief clerk of the officer’s separation center.

When his enlistment term expired his rank was corporal.

Dan typed his own discharge papers and was discharged in March 1948.

Dan gained some notoriety for achieving a perfect grade in regents exams in advanced algebra, chemistry and trigonometry.

Dan graduated from Le Moyne College in 1952 and began his work career with Westinghouse in Springfield, Mass., and Sharon, Pa.

He moved with his young, growing family back to Central New York in 1957 after taking a position with Carrier.

In 1961 the family moved to Oswego and Dan began a long career with Alcan Aluminum working in various industrial engineering positions.

Dan retired from Alcan in 1985.

Dan served on the Oswego City School District Board of Education from 1968-1974 and served as president from 1973-1974.

He was instrumental in establishment of the Oswego Minor Hockey Association serving various roles over the years including president.

Dan is survived by five sons, Patrick J. (Patrick) Mulcahey of San Francisco, Calif., Daniel C. (Cathy) of Minetto, Howard J. (Sylvie) of Honeoye Falls, Michael C. (Catherine) of Port Alleghany, Pa., and Paul T. (Christine) Mulcahey of Henniker, NH; 10 grandchildren: Jacob Mulcahey, Adam Mulcahey, Evan Mulcahey, Sean Mulcahey, Ryan Mulcahey, Timothy Mulcahey, Dustin Mulcahey, Kelly Mulcahey, Daniel Mulcahey and Emily Mulcahey; six great-grandchildren: Celeste Mulcahey, Mackenzie Mulcahey, Abigail Mulcahey, Lucas Mulcahey, Bryce Mulcahey and Daniel Mulcahey; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9 a.m. Monday at the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 4-7 p.m.

Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery.