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Thomas A. McNulty passes away, the end of an era

November 7, 2017

Thomas A. McNulty, 70, died Sunday, 11/5/2017, at Kaplan House in Danvers, after a long battle with cancer.

A public memorial service will be held at Abbot Hall on Sunday, 11/12/17, 11:30 a.m.

Tom was widely known throughout the Town, pretty much during his entire life. He was the owner of Warwick Theater, a landmark in the Town and a landmark in the Town’s history. He was first elected to the Abbot Library Board of Trustees in 1975, and never looked back. In 1980 he was elected to the Marblehead Board of Selectmen, and served on that board, with distinction, for 18 years, many as Chairman of the Board. After retiring from the Board of Selectmen, Tom was elected Town Clerk and served in that post for the years 2001 to 2007. He served as a board member of many organizations in Marblehead, including the Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce. and Dollars for Scholars.

Those who knew Tom well, knew that his devotion to the Town was unshakeable, and that his friendship was a treasure for life. Those served with him on elected Town boards knew that his leadership always made for interesting and enjoyable meetings, and that he always moved the Town ahead. His championship of removing the overhead wires in historic downtown will stand for all time as a clear vision of Marblehead’s mystique and historic wonders. As he worked tirelessly to bury the wires, the history of Marblehead emerged in a clarity not seen for centuries.

Tom was at the head of the Board of Selectmen when USS Constitution sailed into Marblehead harbor in 1997, and those images and experiences travelled around the world for those six days, and are part of the nation’s history now.

He was married to Deb McNulty for 45 years. She spoke to a reporter saying, “He was the best guy I ever knew in my life.”1

Thomas A. McNulty will be long remembered for his contributions to the Town and to the Town’s people. His energy, his untiring commitment to solving the issues of the Town in his time, will serve as an example for others to follow.

For those of us who knew him, and loved him, there will be an emptiness in our Town with his passing, and in our hearts. One of Marblehead’s favorite sons is gone, but not forgotten.

  1. The Daily Item, 11/7/17, pg. 1 []

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