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Daniel James Mulvihill

Male 1883 - 1931  (48 years)


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  • Name Daniel James Mulvihill 
    Born 22 Jan 1883  Mara Twp., Ontario Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Nov 1931  Soldiers\' Memorial Hosp., Orillia, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried St. Columbkilles Cemetery, Uptergrove, Mara Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I00075  Tahaney Family Tree
    Last Modified 18 Oct 2019 

    Family Beatrice Maud O'Connell,   b. 18 Jul 1881, Mara Township Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1929, Orillia, Simcoe Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Family ID F00022  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    1. [S8] obituary.
      Orillia Packet and Times November 26, 1931

      DANIEL JAMES MULVIHILL?S FUNERAL LARGEST EVER HELD IN MARA

      TOWNSHIP CLERK DIES AFTER A GALLANT FIGHT AGAINST GREAT ODDS

      Few deaths in recent years have so deeply stirred so wide a community as
      that of D. J. Mullvihill, Clerk of the Township of Mara. From the time
      he met with the accident near Brechin when his automobile struck a train
      on the crossing on November 5, until his strength failed him and death
      called him away, there was constant inquiry regarding his condition and
      the chances of his recovery. The plucky way in which he fought the
      results of the terrible injuries which he received gave his friends
      fresh tour from time to time, though they knew that his chances humanly
      speaking, were very slight.

      D.J. Mulvihill was so much a part of the life of the Township of Mara
      that one seldom thought of the Township with in the same way connecting
      him with it. He was the son of John Mulvihill and Sarah Morris and was
      born in Rathburn 47 years ago, where his father conducted a well known
      blacksmith shop in the days when a centre such as Rathburn was quite a
      metropolis in the pioneer settlement. Only a few weeks ago the Packet
      and Times had an article on this village in which was recorded some of
      the life of the community in the early days.. Mr. Mulvihill got his
      education at the Rathburn School and the Orillia High School and later
      built a larger store in Rathburn where he conducted an eaten general
      store business.

      He served five years as Councillor and two years as Deputy Reeve,
      resigning from office when Mr. W.R McPhee of Brechin retired from the
      position of Township Clerk. he never missed attending a meeting of
      Council. Mr. Mulvihill had a good memory and soon obtained a mastery of
      the details of the business of the Township Council and of municipal
      law, which made him a valuable advisor to the Council when difficulties
      had to be overcome or straightened out. New members of the body found
      him a wise councillor and friend and his opinion was relied upon sought
      in the conduct of all business. In county affairs too, he had his
      influence and friends and was known throughout the length and breadth of
      the County of Ontario.

      No one could have known the people of Mara better than D.J. Mulvihill.
      It was an odd person he did not know something of. The children of the
      township knew him by the hundreds and not a few called him Uncle Dan.
      He was passionately of children and was patient and kindly with them
      whenever he met them. As a tribute to him a number of the schools were
      closed on Monday, the day of his funeral.

      Not only had he won the friendship of the children, but a wide circle of
      his friends and neighbours came to him for advice and counsel. He drew
      up deeds, made agreements, loaned money, often when he knew he would not
      receive interest, backed notes which others would not endorse, all out
      of the goodness of his heart, he had the great accomplishment of being
      kindly and friendly to one and all. he did not show impatience when
      approached on the street or wherever he might be. The happy way won for
      him respect and kindly feeling which is accorded to few.

      His death touch the heartstrings of the people amongst whom he resided
      and a wide field besides and from the time the body was taken to his
      residence at Atherley where he moved to live after leaving Rathburn
      several years ago until the funeral there was a stream of people calling
      to express sympathy and to take one last look at one whom they had
      learned to love and respect. On Sunday alone 2,000 people called at the
      house and sometimes during the afternoon several hundred were waiting
      outside the house for an opportunity to go in. When the funeral left for
      St. Columbkille\'s church 210 automobiles followed to the service and
      the church was half full beefier the sortie arrived. Chairs had to be
      placed in the aisles, at the rear of the church, in the choir loft and
      some stood. Many cars did not get into the spacious grounds at the
      church.

      Solemn High Mass was celebrated by Father Coleman of Uptergrove, with
      Father Ryan of Orillia as Deacon. Father Flanagan of Orillia was master
      of ceremonies and Father McKenna of Toronto and Father Morrow of
      Brechin, were in the Sanctuary.

      After mass was celebrated, Father Coleman spoke for some time. It was
      not the custom of the church to have orations at funerals, but on this
      occasion when a man was known far and wide, and so many had gathered
      from his own neighbourhood and distant parts, he thought special notice
      could well be taken of the departure of the deceased. The attendance
      testified to the popularity of the departed one and the greatest
      sympathy had gone out to the family. Mr. Mulvihill had lived in
      Rathburn and Atherley and it was rather a strange coincidence and added
      to the sadness of the occasion that his wife had had rather a tragic
      death and his adopted daughter and nieces Helen O\'Connell had been
      drowned with in tow years and there months of his departure.

      Father Flanagan then spoke for sometime on Christ and his doctrines.
      Christ was above all things while on earth a teacher and a Saviour who
      brought regeneration and the sanctification and purification of souls.
      The epistles admonished people to live better lives and follow Christ\'s
      footsteps.Christ had shown that prophecy had been fulfilled. He set
      forth His authority to preach punishment in hell and the rewards of
      heaven.He laid down principles and teachings that the apostles could not
      wander from. He brought the purses of religion that the Jews never
      attained and reached a power never before reached. His teaching was the
      doctrine of true faith and no right living man will wander from it. He
      brought a pureness of religion which the Jews never attained and reached
      a power never before reached. His teaching was the doctrine of the true
      faith and no right living man will wander from it. Christ taught us to
      deny ourselves and the imitation of Christ was the truest form of
      religion. All should try to imitate Christ\'s life. Without Christ man
      can do nothing. Christ gave help to those who desired it and we had the
      example of the rant to aid us in our life. The most glorious thing on
      earth is Christ\'s Church which he had funded. All should praise God
      unceasingly for this and all His mercies.

      Amongst those from a visitant were: James Blanchard MPP, Reeve J. Ross
      of Thorah, Warden Ross of Whitby Township, the County Engineer, Davis
      Walls Toronto, eight or nine members of County Council, Messrs. Connors
      of Toronto, Nixon of Barrie, Watterworth of Barrie, Hartmeet of Lindsay,
      representatives of the Crown Life Assurance Company. The members of the
      Mara and Rama Council attended and one from Orillia Council.

      The pallbearers were Messrs. Peter Cox, Richard Mahoney, Edgar Dure,
      James Read, Leo O\'Connell, Frank O\'Connell.

      An immense number of spiritual offerings and floral tributes were
      received. Amongst them were floral tributes from the Town of Orillia,
      Rama Board of Health, Mara Council and the life underwriters, Ontario
      East Centre of the Crown Life, Head Office Crown Life.

      Mr. Mulvihill was a trusted and highly successful member of the staff of
      Crown Life Insurance Co. who looked upon him as one of the best
      producers on the staff. During the past year he came ninth of Crown
      Life Agents in the United Sates and Canada and his record was ready for
      the bulletin which was to have been printed and issued next month.

      Mr. Mulvihill was a member of the Holy Name Society of Uptergrove and
      of the Knights of Columbus of Orillia and both societies visited his
      home in a body.

      The deceased left his mother and two sisters, Julia and Mary who have
      resided with him since Mrs. Mulvihill died on Christmas night 1929. He
      has one brother P.J. Mulvihill of Toronto.

      Interment was made in the cemetery of St. Columbkille\'s Church,
      Uptergrove.

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