Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Tuesday, November 14, 2006


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Retired Municipal Court Judge Joseph Gordon McNulty Dies at 82


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Private services are scheduled this week for retired Rio Hondo Municipal Court Judge Joseph Gordon McNulty, who died last Tuesday at the age of 82.

His oldest daughter, Marie McNulty, told the MetNews she and her brother Gary were by their father’s side when he passed away peacefully at a hospice.

He had battled a long illness, she said, remarking:

“He was a man of highest ethics and integrity and was a wonderful father and husband and we will miss him a great deal.”

McNulty is also survived by his wife of 55 years, Kay McNulty, and his four other adult children, Mark, Elizabeth, John and Anne McNulty.

A visitation and rosary service is planned for Friday evening, while the funeral mass and burial are scheduled for Saturday morning.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in McNulty’s name to the Autism Society, the American Cancer Society, the Special Olympics or other charity of choice.

McNulty was born in Canada and immigrated to the U.S. in 1952, gaining his citizenship in 1957.

He was admitted to the State Bar in 1961 after receiving his law degree from what was then Loyola University Law School. He earned his undergraduate degree from Carleton College, now known as Carleton University, in Ottawa.

Appointed to a newly created judicial position by then-Gov. Ronald Reagan in 1973, McNulty served at the courthouse in El Monte. He was presiding judge from 1983-1984.

After retiring in 1991 on deferred retirement, he continued hearing cases in Rancho Cucamonga.

Prior to his appointment, McNulty was in private practice in Baldwin Park and Glendora from 1961 to 1973.


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