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Gerald Francis Mulligan

December 11, 1936 - October 11, 2016

Obituary


Gerald Francis Mulligan, 79, of Cocoa Beach, died in his sleep early morning Tuesday, October 11, 2016 in Cocoa Beach. He was a loving husband, a devoted father and grandfather, and a nurturing teacher and coach to many youth.
A veteran of the United States Air Force, he was born in Quinebaug, CT, and moved to the Space Coast to work in the space program as a mission testing specialist on the Gemini and Apollo programs.
As the space program came to an end, he became a respected educator during his 30-year...

Gerald Francis Mulligan, 79, of Cocoa Beach, died in his sleep early morning Tuesday, October 11, 2016 in Cocoa Beach. He was a loving husband, a devoted father and grandfather, and a nurturing teacher and coach to many youth.
A veteran of the United States Air Force, he was born in Quinebaug, CT, and moved to the Space Coast to work in the space program as a mission testing specialist on the Gemini and Apollo programs.
As the space program came to an end, he became a respected educator during his 30-year teaching career. His first position was in Titusville at St. Teresa Catholic School, where he taught science and physical education, as well as coached basketball and football. Upon leaving St. Teresa, he taught science for 25 years with Brevard County Public Schools starting at Madison Middle, Astronaut High, and Rockledge High where he was awarded coach of the year in girls basketball. Later, at Titusville High, he was an assistant coach for the consecutive state championships won by the Terriers in 1982 and 1983. Toward the end of his teaching career he became the athletic director at Cocoa High.
He was active in his community as well, serving as Grand Knight of Our Lady of Space Council of the Knights of Columbus, and as a Eucharistic minister at the Church of Our Savior Cocoa Beach.
After his retirement he volunteered in different athletic pursuits: as a football coach at Cocoa Beach High and a track and field official, where he rose through the ranks to become a Master Official of field events for high school and collegiate meets, as well as the Special Olympics. And was active until the end of his life.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara Carson Mulligan of Cocoa Beach, and was preceded in death by his son, Michael Mulligan. His surviving children include Dennis Mulligan of Winter Park, Kathleen Dykgraaf of Windermere and William Mulligan of New York City
Other survivors include his brother Bernard Mulligan of Tolland, CT, sister Maureen Degen of Lake Zurich, IL and his grandchildren: Ryan, Kaleigh, Nathan, Carson, and Rachel.