Richard (Dick) Mulkin, 88, Potsdam


POTSDAM -- Richard (Dick) Mulkin, 88 of Potsdam, NY passed away on May 12, 2024, at the Canton-Potsdam Hospital, surrounded by his family.

Dick is survived by his wife of 67 years, Sylvia, sons Mark (Kathy) Mulkin, Potsdam, Kirk Mulkin, Elizabeth, Colorado, and Alan (Kate) Mulkin, Canton; and daughters, Sandra (Rick) Theilig, Hurley, NY and Cheryl (John) Mattox, Cohoes, NY. He is also survived by his brothers, Dennis (Jackie) Mulkin and Bruce (Ann) Mulkin; grandchildren, Matthew (Emma) Mulkin and Megan Mulkin, Kayla Mulkin, Ashley (Andrew) Kaufman and Justin Theilig, Claire and Daniel Mattox, as well as great-grandchildren, Blake, Charlotte and Wilder.

Richard was predeceased by his parents, brother, Jim (Beverly) Mulkin and sister, Mary Ellen Lewis.

Richard was born February 15, 1936, in Dunkirk, NY to Milford and Susan Mulkin.

He graduated from Fredonia High School and entered the US Army during the Korean conflict. He was stationed in Alaska.

Upon honorable discharge from the Army, Dick returned to Fredonia, and on March 2, 1957, he married Sylvia Mikowski at St. Joseph’s Church in Dunkirk, NY.

He was employed by Niagara Mohawk, and in the early 1960’s he was transferred to Potsdam, relocating his family. He was a heavy equipment operator with Niagara Mohawk until his retirement in 1994.

Richard had many varied interests and hobbies, most notably motorcycles. Many Saturdays found Dick at Sovie’s Motorcycle shop, finding new ways to improve his bikes. He enjoyed the many motorcycle trips around the country with his brothers and their spouses.

He also enjoyed his years of coaching his Sons in Bantam Hockey. His other hobbies included golf, competitive trap and skeet shooting.

The family would like to thank his in-home caregivers and also the doctors and nursing staff at Canton-Potsdam Hospital for their kindness to the family during Richard’s last days.

Arrangements are with the Garner Funeral Service of Potsdam. Services will be held at a date and time yet to be determined with burial to follow at Bayside Cemetery, Potsdam, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the West Stockholm First Responders, or the Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad.