Daughters pen funny obit for dad when he dies in recliner as promised

Daughters post heartfelt obituary full of jokes in tribute to their late father, 68, who died unexpectedly in his recliner ‘as he had threatened to do for years’

  • Thomas WJ Mulligan, unexpectedly died at home in  Nashua, New Hampshire 
  • Also known as ‘Tomm’ the father was known for joking around with his family
  • Mulligan, ‘a kid from Brooklyn,’ lived the ‘American Dream,’ wrote daughters
  • Worked at local clinic for more than 20 years and was ‘exceptional office Santa’ 
  • ‘Never missed the opportunity to make an inappropriate joke,’ his girls recalled
  • Was passionate about comics, playing lotto and ‘making his kids uncomfortable’
  • His love of Doctor Who only surpassed by his love of not wearing pants at home 
  • In recent years was lovingly caring for his wife, Iris, who has advanced dementia
  • After funeral at St. Louis de Gonzague Church,  was buried at St. Louis Cemetery

Thomas WJ Mulligan of Nashua ‘passed away at home in his recliner as he had threatened to for years,’ Amy Schiripo and Kim Mulligan wrote in a humorous and heart-felt obituary

Two daughters wrote an obituary full of jokes to their wise-cracking dad when he unexpectedly died in his New Hampshire home still sitting in his recliner, as he long-claimed he would.

Thomas WJ Mulligan of Nashua, who was 68, ‘passed away at home in his recliner as he had threatened to for years,’ Amy Schiripo and Kim Mulligan wrote in the knee-slapping tribute published in The Nashua Telegraph on Saturday.  

Known also as ‘Tomm,’ Mulligan was ‘a kid from Brooklyn who grew up to live the American Dream of marriage, a career, a house in the suburbs and two pain in the ass kids,’ the daughters wrote in a light-hearted tone that echoed their beloved father’s playfulness and love for joking around.

Mulligan died of undisclosed causes after he had devoted himself in recent years to caring for his his wife, Iris, who has advanced dementia. 

‘He will be remembered by all who knew him, Except Iris of course. Everyone else though,’ according to the tongue-and-cheek obituary. 

Mulligan pictured with his wife Iris (far right) and daughters Kim (left) and Amy Schiripo 

Mulligan in recent years was caring for his his wife Iris, who is suffering advanced dementia

Mourners and even persons who did not know Mulligan made it known they were left in stitches by the daughters’ humorous and heart-felt words.

‘Know that even strangers like me enjoyed a chuckle, knowing Tomm and Iris must have done something right to raise such funny kids. With sympathy and kind regards,” Kathleen Palmer wrote in a post on the Anctil Rochette and Son Funeral Home’s website.    

Kim, referred to as his ‘favorite’ daughter in the remembrance, and the ‘other daughter,’ Amy, wrote that their dad ‘never missed the opportunity to make an inappropriate joke or take a cigarette break.’

Thomas (Tomm) WJ Mulligan of Nashua has passed away at home in his recliner as he had threatened to for years.

He was a kid from Brooklyn who grew up to live the American Dream of marriage, a career, a house in the suburbs and two pain in the ass kids. He attended Bishop Ford High School.

He was a DIYer with no less than five unfinished projects at any time.

Tomm worked in technology at Lahey Clinic for over 20 years where he was clearly indispensable but his exact position remains a mystery. He never missed the opportunity to make an inappropriate joke or take a cigarette break. He was an exceptional office Santa.

His passions included comic books, playing the lotto and making his children uncomfortable. He also really loved cheese.

His love of Doctor Who was only surpassed by his love of not wearing pants at home. He often combined these two interests.

Tomm had spent the last few years lovingly caring for his wife, Iris, who has advanced dementia. He will be remembered by all who knew him, Except Iris of course. Everyone else though.

He is survived by his wife, Iris Mulligan; his favorite daughter Kim Mulligan of L.A.; his other daughter Amy Schiripo and her husband Alex of Dracut; his grandchildren Xander and Alana Schiripo to whom Tomm was devoted; his brother Keith Mulligan and niece Mariah Borthwick of Brooklyn.

 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to childsplaycharity.org. To leave an online condolence, story, or message please visit www.ANCTIL-ROCHETTE.com.

Source: The Nashua Telegraph 

He attended the now-shuttered Bishop Ford Catholic High School in Brooklyn and worked in technology more than two decades for the Lahey Clinic in Nashua. 

At the clinic, his daughters wrote, ‘he was clearly indispensable but his exact position remains a mystery.’ And, they added, ‘he was an exceptional office Santa.’

The dad’s passions included comic books, playing lotto and ‘making his children uncomfortable,’ wrote his girls. ‘He also really loved cheese.’

And in a nod to their father’s quirky side, they revealed he was a fan of the British time travel television program, Doctor Who. 

The above image spells out the acronrym for TARDIS, the name of the spaceship used by Doctor Who, the main character in the British time travel television show of the same name, which Mulligan loved, wrote his daughters Kim (left) and Amy in their dad’s obituary.

‘His love of Doctor Who was only surpassed by his love of not wearing pants at home,’ the daughters wrote. ‘He often combined these two interests.’

Mulligan was remembered as being a ‘devoted’ to his two grandchildren, Xander and Alana Schiripo. He also was also survived by his brother Keith and niece Mariah Borthwick of Brooklyn.

Services were held for Mulligan on Saturday at St. Louis de Gonzague Church in Nashua and his burial followed at nearby St. Louis Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations made to childsplaycharity.org, which provides gifts to children’s hospitals, clinics, domestic violence shelters and other facilities where kids need games for distraction and therapeutic play. 

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