Alfred E. “Pat” Mulkern, retired teacher and school administrator, died March 19, 2010, at the age of 86 in Damariscotta.

Mr. Mulkern was born in Portland on Aug. 27, 1923, a son of Patrick John and Mary Agnes (Coyne) Mulkern. He lived in Damariscotta for the past 12 years after living 40 years in the North Salem, N.Y., area.

A graduate of Cheverus High School in Portland and College of the Holy Cross Worcester, Mass., Mr. Mulkern received graduate degrees from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and Southern Connecticut State College. He also attended the School of Journalism at Syracuse University as a Wall Street Fellow, the Institute of Contemporary Russian Studies of Fordham University; College of Languages at the University of Georgia; Fairfield University; and Western Connecticut State University.

Mr. Mulkern retired from the North Salem (New York) School District where he served as language teacher and department chairman, assistant high school principal, chairman of the Committee on the Handicapped, and district director of Pupil Personnel Services. He was also a longtime advisor to high school publications and was coach of the cross country teams at one time.

He was very active in community affairs and was a charter member and past president of the North Salem Lions Club. He was named a Melvin Jones Fellow, the Lions Clubs International highest honor, in 1993. He was a longtime manager and past president of Vail’s Grove Golf Club Corp. He also was a charter member and past president of Vail’s Grove Cooperative Inc.

Mr. Mulkern loved politics. He was a lifelong dedicated member of the Democratic Party. He supported the party from national to local levels and never missed a chance to vote. He loved political discussions, especially with Republicans.  He was very proud to be Irish. He loved Irish culture and music. He loved whistling and singing his favorite Irish songs. His two trips to Ireland were highlights of his life.

He was very much a sports enthusiast. He loved playing golf and the camaraderie of the golfers. He also loved watching pro golf, college football, college basketball, pro baseball and pro basketball games.

Mr. Mulkern is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Mary Ellen “Mamie” (McGuire) Mulkern of Damariscotta.

He leaves three children and their spouses, his daughter, Kay Gilbert of Nobleboro and her husband, Jerry, and two sons, Michael Patrick of Houston, Texas, and his wife, Joan, and Mark Edward of Pittsburgh, Pa., and his wife, Mary; his grandchildren, Susan, Julie, Margaret, Aaron, Matthew, Kevin, Killan and Eamonn; his great-grandchildren, John David, Emily, Lucas, Liam, Liliana, Alex, Thomas and Noah; one great-great-grandchild, Harley; his special niece, Carole Ann (Mulkern) Dunphe and her family; and his dedicated caregiver, Lauri Fitzpatrick.

A wake will be held at the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main St. in Damariscotta, on Tuesday, March 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church in Newcastle on Wednesday, March 24 at 11 a.m. He will be laid to rest in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery following the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Retirement Fund for Religious National Religious Retirement Office, 3211 Fourth Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20017-1194.

Arrangements are with the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be expressed by visiting stronghancock.com.