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Obituary for Daniel A. Mullin

Dan Mullin, Boston’s Renowned Real Estate Broker, Dies at 78

If you were friends with Dan Mullin, you had a best friend for life. He was a well-known Boston real estate agent renowned for creating lasting relationships and being a consummate host. He recently observed his 78th birthday with a virtual party of over 300 people sharing and celebrating with him. Bravely fighting cancer for six years, he weathered multiple complications and setbacks with a relentlessly optimistic attitude. Friends commented, “He was a shining star, so full of kindness, endless wit, knowledge, strong faith and absolute positivity all the way to the end.” He led his life by example, supporting numerous charities and causes close to his heart: Fine Arts Work Center, AIDS Action, The Friends of Caritas Good Samaritan Hospice, Huntington Theater and numerous others. A friend to all, he relished making the acquaintance of a variety of people ranging from author Ann Patchett, to the poet Mary Oliver, from Hillary Clinton to influential business leaders. Yet front and center of his life was always his extended family; his sister Joan Scheib & husband Frank, his sister-in-law Carol Mullin and partner Tim Sturtevant, his nine nieces & nephews and his 15 great nieces & nephews; all whom he loved dearly.

Daniel A. Mullin born October 31, 1942 in Arlington, MA was the youngest of five siblings and the youngest of 21 first cousins. He attended Boston College High School, College of the Holy Cross and then enlisted in the US Coast Guard. He began his career in real estate with The Dolben Company working for 25 years before establishing Daniel A Mullin & Associates, which operated until his death.

Little Danny Mullin from Arlington MA knew he made it as he traveled the world from St Barts to Singapore. He even managed a cruise around New Zealand & Australia while battling cancer. What he enjoyed most was his time spent with friends. His favorite quote was “I am the richest man in the world, not in wealth, but in family and friends.”

Dan was a longtime resident of Beacon Hill, but his special place was a lovely home in Provincetown, a spectacular gathering place for friends and family, as well as the site for many weddings, charity and political fundraisers over the years. He was affectionately known by friends and family as the “Mayor of Provincetown.”

As a lifelong Catholic, faith was central to Dan’s core. He was an active member of St. Cecilia parish for over a decade. His faith was a great comfort throughout his life, especially at the end. A quote from Mary Oliver’s poem “When Death Comes” sums it up: “when it’s over, I don’t want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real. I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument. I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.” Daniel Mullin certainly made something of his life by touching the lives of each and every person he met.

He died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on November 26, 2020 after a long battle with melanoma.

Dan leaves his sister Joan Scheib and husband Frank, his sister-in-law Carol Mullin and partner Tim Sturtevant, as well his devoted nieces and nephews: Mary Jo Swiggett and Robert Swiggett, John Scheib, Katherine Scheib and David Holodak, Daniel Scheib and Lynda Kelly, Julie Scheib-Feeley and Dave Feeley, Paul Scheib and Kim Packard-Scheib, Roslyn Scheib Dahl and Eric Dahl, Caitlin Mullin and Guy Dixon, Megan Mullin Kotwicki and Bill Kotwicki and his devoted grandnieces and nephews; Sam, Nick, Gabriel, Cecilia, Kayla, Tommy, Clare, Brendan, Sonja, Lars, Andrew, Ailish, Shelagh, Susie and Catie. He also leaves a large circle of cherished and loving friends. Daniel joins in Heaven his father Daniel Aloysius Mullin and mother Katherine O’Keefe Mullin and his brothers: Richard Mullin, Fr. John Mullin SJ, and Robert Mullin.

Our family wishes to thank the outstanding MGH oncology and cardiac teams and countless other MGH employees, as well as our wonderful caregivers: Nurl, Reva, Caleene, Christine and Donna, for the support, patience and love shown to Dan during his illness.

Friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours at St Cecilia Roman Catholic Church on Sunday December 6th from 6 to 8 pm. Masks, social distancing and Covid-19 protocol will be enforced. The funeral will be private due to Covid 19, but we hope that friends will attend virtually at or on Monday December 7 at 11am. We plan to have a celebration of Dan’s life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Cecilia Roman Catholic Church through the following link or BC High Mullin Family Scholarship or mailing a check to President Grace Regan, Boston College High School, 150 Morrissey Boulevard, Dorchester, MA 02125.

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