Thursday, 11 April 2024 12:47

Dennis J. Mulholland

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – On April 2, 2024, Dennis J. Mulholland, 74, of Saratoga Springs, NY passed away peacefully at home. He was surrounded by loving family and taking in his favorite view: a west side sunset over the Saratoga Springs Little League Baseball fields. 

Dennis was born on February 5, 1950 to parents James G. and Mary Gailor Mulholland. He lost his father in 1959 but was blessed to be part of a large family with 15 aunts and uncles, and many, many cousins. He was a devoted son to his mother, Mary, and an equally devoted brother to his sister, Donna. Dennis had fond memories of living on Van Dam Street and his childhood in “the Rocks” neighborhood. His attention to detail, work-ethic, and sense of style started young. He began working at the age of 10, so he could buy himself two sports coats for school and have his shirts laundered and pressed weekly. He was a proud graduate of St. Peter’s Academy (now known as Saratoga Central Catholic School). Shortly after high school Dennis secured an apprenticeship with the United Association of Journeymen Plumbers, Steamfitters and Helpers. He spent his 37-year career as a steamfitter and plumber at General Electric in Schenectady, NY. A life member of Local #128, he also served as a steward, committee member, and Business Agent for his union. 

Like George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life (one of his favorite films), Dennis was born with an adventurous spirit that could only be overpowered by his love and commitment to family and community. Unlike George Bailey, he was able to get in one great travel adventure - joining a small crew of friends on a transatlantic sail. He came away from the journey with great stories to tell, improved sailing skills, and an appreciation for admiring the night sky. Dennis took pride in being a lifelong Saratogian. In his free time, he enjoyed horse racing, biking to Saratoga Battlefield, walking in the Spa State Park, and reading The Daily Gazette in Congress Park or by Saratoga Lake - with a small black coffee from Stewart’s, of course.

Dennis regularly celebrated the fact that he was able to enjoy almost 20 years in retirement. He was thankful to have the time and resources to support his mother and enjoy his grandchildren. For many years, he started his day by making breakfast with Kari, Dylan, and Giada - getting them off to school, picking them up from the bus stop, and attending their events. A lover of baseball (Let’s go Mets!) Dennis developed an interest in improving the baseball diamonds at the West Side Rec. His grandson’s participation in Saratoga Springs Little League prompted his interest, but he continued to volunteer with the organization for many years. In 2014, he humbly accepted the Ralph Wilhelm Volunteer of the Year award for his efforts. 

Dennis was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Allen; father, James Mulholland; sister, Donna Iuliucci; brother-in-law, John “Charlie” Iuliucci; and premature twin sons, Dennis and Joseph Mulholland. 

He is survived by his former wife, Nancy Mulholland; three daughters, Emily Mulholland (Henry Luciano), Lesley (Martin) Figueredo, and Liz Mulholland (Rob Meyer); niece, Tina (Lamont) Taylor; three beloved grandchildren, Kari Olenick, Dylan Mulholland, and Giada Smith; many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins in the Gailor, Mulholland, Hogan and Sweeney families.

This Spring, in memory of Dennis, sit on the porch with your family, enjoy the sunshine, look at the moon, say hi to your neighbor, and go watch a little league game!

Relatives and friends are invited to call from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2024. 

A time to share remembrances will begin at 4 p.m. at the William J. Burke & Sons/ Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518)584-5373.

Burial will be private in the family plot in St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Avenue.  

The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and caregivers from the Saratoga Hospital Outpatient Palliative Care team and The Community Hospice for their exceptional care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (https://secure.qgiv.com/for/pulfibfou/).

Online remembrances can be made at www.BurkeFuneralHome.com.

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