In memory of
Patrick J. McNulty
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In memory of
Patrick J. McNulty
(NEWS ARTICLE) Patrick J. McNulty, a retired detective captain who - following an uncle - moved to Toledo from County Mayo, Ireland, and joined the police force, died Sunday in Hospice of Northwest Ohio, South Detroit Avenue. He was 91. He was in declining health recently, his son Tim said. Mr. McNulty retired in November, 1986, as head of the crimes against property section of the investigative services bureau - 14 years after he won promotion to captain. He joined the police force in 1954, was promoted to sergeant in 1965 and lieutenant in 1969. "He was always inquisitive and wanting to learn new things," his son said. Mr. McNulty's pursuit of knowledge led him to night classes at the University of Toledo, and he graduated with honors, his son said. "The one comment I get from a lot of officers who worked with him is he was quiet, but very smart," his son said. "They always mention how intelligent he was. "He did like the investigative work, trying to figure things out and put things together," his son said. "He was very analytical." Mike Navarre, a former Toledo police chief who joined the force in 1977, recalled Mr. McNulty as mild mannered, a command officer who was well liked. Even as a rookie, Mr. Navarre was already familiar with Mr. McNulty who was a friend of his father's, James Navarre, also a Toledo police captain. "He was one of those names I heard growing up from my father," said Mr. Navarre, now Oregon police chief. "He was one of those guys everybody respected. He had a very important position in the police department." He was born March 1, 1925, to Ellen and Patrick McNulty. At age 22, he moved to Toledo, where his mother's brothers Michael, Martin, and Joseph Rowan had settled. He was drafted into the Army a year later and was a graduate of officer candidate school. He later was in the Army Reserve and the Ohio National Guard, where he had military police duty. As a member of the Air Force Reserve, he was assigned to a special investigation school at the Pentagon. He joined the Toledo police after his active-duty Army service, following his Uncle Mike, who retired in 1953 as a detective lieutenant. By St. Patrick's Day, 1962, longtime columnist Doc Holst reported in the former Toledo Times, Mr. McNulty was the only Irish-born Toledo police officer. Mr. McNulty returned to Ireland every few years, with his wife, Kathleen, who was born in County Sligo - although they met in the United States. At least twice, the couple took their children. The McNultys also had a cottage in Michigan's Irish Hills and a condominium at Naples, Fla. In retirement, he was active in the Knights of Columbus and served as grand knight of the West Toledo council and district deputy of the state council. He kept up with current events and watched Fox News Channel daily. Despite differing political views, "he inspired me to be involved in my community," said his daughter Noreen, who lives in Chicago. Surviving are his wife, Kathleen McNulty, whom he married June 9, 1956; sons, Michael, Timothy, John, Robert, and Patrick McNulty; daughters, Eileen Kelly and Noreen McNulty; sister, Mary Ann Buckley, and 12 grandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Pius X Church, where he was a member. Arrangements are by Ansberg-West Funeral Home. The family suggests tributes to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or St. Pius X Church. Contact Mark Zaborney at: mzaborney@theblade.com or 419-724-6182.
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