Retired Dunkirk Police Chief Edward J. "Scrappy" Mulville Sr., 81, of Dunkirk died Saturday night (Sept. 26, 2009) at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo.
He was born Jan. 24, 1928 in Dunkirk, the son of the late Edward J. Mulville and Margaret (Hayes) Mulville Lehan. A U.S. Navy veteran, he
fought in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After being wounded in the Battle of Okinawa, he was honorably discharged on Nov. 26, 1945.
Edward J. “Scrappy” Mulville Sr.
Chief Mulville, who received his nickname "Scrappy" as a 9-year-old amateur boxer, joined the City of Dunkirk police force April 1, 1952. He was appointed police chief in 1970 and served in that capacity until his retirement on June 25, 1986. Recalling the many years he had spent on the police force, Chief Mulville said, "I'm very thankful to have met so many friends and to have been so lucky to be able to do something I en-
joyed so much." He had previously worked for Alco Products, Niagara Mohawk and Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp.A parishioner of St. Hyacinth's Church, he was a past member of the Lakeside Club, Dunkirk Exempts and the Conservation Club, and member and past commander of the
American Legion Post 62. He was a lifetime member of International Association of Chief of Police, New York State Associa-tion of Chief of police, chautauqua County Association of Chief of Police, and a past member of the Board of Directors for the Sheriffs Training Academy.
He was instrumental in establishing the Western New York Division of Chief of Police and helped to create the Southern Tier Drug Task Force.
Scrappy was as well known throughout the State for his quick wit, unending jokes and story telling as he was for his devotion to law enforcement. He was fiercely proud of his Irish heritage and loved to sing at any opportunity - especially with his brother, Bill. Never one to shy away from controversy, Scrap was always willing to share his political views with anyone who would listen. He especially enjoyed his daily
visits to Post 62 to see his wonderful friends. He became the life of any party he walked into. A loving and caring son, husband, father, brother
and friend, he adored his grandchildren, nieces and nephews with all his heart. Survivors include his wife, Loretta (Zepp) Mulville, whom he married June 20, 1951; two daughters, Lisa (Richard) Cieslewicz of Dunkirk and Cheryl (James) Glapa of Fredonia; one son, E. John Mulville of
Fredonia; one sister, Mary Ellen Wasmund of Dunkirk; six grandchildren, Mark Glapa, Hans Glapa, Tyler Cieslewicz, Clayton Cieslewicz, Mathew Mulville and Mariah Laird; one great-granddaughter, Cassidy Glapa; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Norbert Zepp; and one brother, William Mulville. To quote a phrase that most of us will never forget: "He was better, but he got over it." Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10:15 from the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 o'clock in St. Hyacinth's Church. Entombment will be in the Resurrection Mausoleum of St. Mary's Cemetery. Friends are invited to call Friday from 3-8 p.m. in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association or Erie County Hospice.