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David Paul McNulty


David Paul McNulty, age 77 of Grand Rapids, MI passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. He was born and raised in Chicago, IL where he graduated from Argo High School and Elmhurst College. He earned his master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. Dave retired from a successful career at Lacks Industries as Director of Sales and Marketing in 2012. He was a man of faith whose life pursuits included golf, traveling, swimming & diving, and obtaining his private pilot’s license.

He loved the frequent date nights with his wife Carole that included dinner and a movie. He was also a strong supporter of community and professional theater.

Dave McNulty was a hero. Not just to his family, but to the countless other lives he touched. To meet this man was to love him.

He could walk into a room and command it with his presence, yet he was always humble, gracious and had the ability to “work a room.” Dave was interested in, and curious about you. He was an excellent listener with the ability to make you feel not only heard but understood. If he didn’t understand, he would ask questions. If he could help you in any way or support you, he would do it without question. His philanthropic nature influenced many and instilled in others the desire to always help if you could. Dave was a storyteller, who loved to engage others. If he was in your presence, then you were receiving his full attention.

He was a man who loved his family deeply. He sought to truly know his family so he could best serve them no matter what their needs were. In essence, many a decision was influenced by Dave McNulty’s wisdom and guidance.

He was extremely devoted to Carole, his wife of 50 years. After she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Dave remained a constant loyal and loving husband. He always put her needs and care above all else and made the quality of her life his mission.

Weather permitting, you could always find him on the golf course enjoying the company of very dear friends. He valued their companionship both on the course and off.

Dave was a man of service. He enlisted in the Marines and served in Vietnam. He was proud to serve our country.

This man was one of a kind. A true angel on earth. His loss will be felt by all who loved him and that is a very long list.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents, William & Florence McNulty; brother, Mike McNulty; in-laws, Jim & Doris Sinnott; and brothers-in-law, Jim Sinnott, Pat Sinnott, Rick Sinnott, Tom Sinnott, and Doug Fleming. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Carole J. McNulty; children, Debra (John) Grygiel, Kelly (Steve) DesSaint, Scott (Cindy) Hannah, Carrie (fiancé Dan Falicki) McNulty; grandchildren, Chris (Megan) Grygiel, Ashley (Alex) Phelps, Tyler DesSaint, Dan Grygiel, Nick Grygiel, Megan Gasser, Will Hannah; great-grandchild, Lilah Grygiel; brother, Bill (Susan) McNulty; sister, Barb (Jim) Hollock; sisters-in-law, Debbie McNulty, Sharon Fleming, Barb (Bob) Pittard, Renee Sinnott, Pat Sinnott, Mary Sinnott; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be held Monday, October 10, 2022, from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Mass of Christian Burial will take place 11:00am Tuesday, October 11, 2022, at St. Robert of Newminster Catholic Church, 6477 Ada Dr SE, Ada, MI 49301 with visitation one-hour prior. Rev. Leonard Sudlik presiding. Interment Blythefield Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or the Alzheimer’s Association, West Michigan Region 2944 Fuller Ave., NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505.

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6 Responses

  1. Dave, you will be missed. I appreciate the guidance you gave me over the years, and your genuine interest in what was going on in my life. You will always be a dear friend of our family.


  2. Dave, you will be missed. Your were such a wonderful part of the Sinnott family. Rest well.

    Mary Sinnott

  3. I’ll miss you so much Dave. I always looked up to and admired you and your dedication to Carole every Sunday at longhorn. It was an honor and privilege to Take care of you and your family and friends every week.

  4. Dave was a wonderful brother to my BFF, we would talk about what a wonderful brother and amazing person he was, I was blessed to have known such a wonderful human being. May your wonderful memories of him always comfort you, God bless to all the Family and friends of Dave.

  5. This isn’t fair. You were supposed to come for my birthday this year I was supposed to show you how good I was doing in school and the business I created.. a cleaning business that helps better and some people in hospice people like Mama Carol. No never know if I ever made you proud and you’ll never know how much you meant to me.. I am so grateful and honored to have better goddaughter.. I will love you forever and always.

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