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Longest-serving Brightwaters Village mayor Joseph McNulty dies at 86

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Beloved former mayor of Brightwaters Village Joseph A. McNulty passed away on Dec. 12, leaving behind a firm legacy in the Bay Shore-Brightwaters community that spans decades.

McNulty served the village he deemed the “Crown Jewel of the Great South Bay” for 18 years, making him the longest-serving mayor in Brightwaters history.

He started as a member of the village planning and zoning boards, then served as a trustee before becoming mayor in 1996 and remaining in the position until 2014.

“Who will ever forget the ‘Mayor’ smiling in his straw hat at the August Ice Cream Socials in Wohseepee Park that he started many decades ago … he stood tall as the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Symphonic Band played John Philip Sousa’s ‘Stars and Stripes Forever,'” read a tribute released by the Bay Shore Chamber of Commerce. “We were proud to have known this great man and proud he belonged to us. He will be greatly missed.”

Aside from his leadership, “Tony,” as most referred to him, was president of Hendrickson Fuels in Bay Shore, a member of the Baby Shore Fire Department, and usher at St. Patrick’s Church in Bay Shore for over 40 years.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran (1950-1960) aboard the USS Pickaway 222 out of San Diego.

His memory lives on through his wife Ann of 63 years, his seven children, 22 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Visiting will be on Dec. 15 and Dec. 16 from 2-4:30 p.m. and  7-9 p.m. at the Overton Funeral Home, 172 Main Street in Islip.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Bay Shore.

For more information, visit the Overton Funeral Home website.

Top: (left to right) Ann Del Vecchio McNulty and Mayor Joseph McNulty dancing at a wedding. Photo courtesy of After Hours – Live Music & DJ Entertainment + Photobooths.