On Dec. 12, the Village of Brightwaters lost one of its greatest champions when former mayor Joseph “Tony” McNulty passed away at the age of 86.
Mayor McNulty’s tenure with the village began as a member of the planning and zoning boards. He was then elected as a trustee before becoming mayor for 18 years (1996-2014). It was McNulty who coined the phrase “Brightwaters is the Crown Jewel of the Great South Bay.” McNulty was also the president of Hendrickson Fuels in Bay Shore. McNulty was a veteran of the United States Navy (1956-1960) aboard the USS Pickaway 222 out of San Diego.
Current mayor of Brightwaters John J. Valdini said McNulty’s “heart was in the village.”
“It’s no secret that the mayor and I had disagreements in the past, but we could always sit down and discuss it over coffee,” Valdini said. “He was a gentleman that way.”
“He loved being mayor. He loved being at events.”
McNulty was integral in the success of the annual Maggie Fischer Cross Bay Swim. The swim has a long and storied history, but 1999 was a turning point for the swim; it was 1999 when the swim was named after teen Maggie Fischer. According to the history of the cross-bay swim, McNulty’s “encouragement and support” were integral in making the swim a success. In addition, McNulty also hosted an annual Ice Cream Social at Wohseepee Park that was a big hit every year.
McNulty was the loving husband of 63 years to Ann (née Del Vecchio); beloved father to Joseph “Jody” McNulty (Alicia), Jeri McNulty, Michael McNulty (Karen), James McNulty (Gail), Stephen McNulty (Jane), Anthony McNulty (Deidre) and Michael Barone (Barbara); cherished grandfather of 22 and great-grandfather of nine; and devoted brother of Nancie Frick.
A funeral Mass for McNulty was held on Saturday, Dec. 18 at St. Patrick’s R.C. Church in Bay Shore. In lieu of flowers, the family said donations in McNulty’s name to Mercy Haven or to St. Patrick’s Church Hospitality Center would be appreciated.
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