Funeral services were held Aug. 27 for Victor P. Mullica, 88. He passed away Aug. 24 while under hospice care after a years-long battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Born in Passaic, he was raised in an atmosphere of poverty and neglect. Despite these odds, he became a lawyer. After serving during World War II in the United States Navy, Victor attended and graduated Rutgers School of Law-Newark, C’50, and went on to earn his Master of Laws at New York University School of Law, C’59. He clerked with Frank Rinaldi, Esq., and Nick Schloeder, Esq., before opening his own law practice in Union City, New Jersey, in 1951.
His office was a bastion of social justice and a place where the underdogs of society always found a champion, from politically maligned teachers to fragile widows in need of protection. Victor also was an inspiring mentor to numerous younger lawyers, some of whom remained friends and colleagues to Victor’s dying day. A devotee of American history and a traveler in younger years, Victor took his family on trips that spanned Europe, Asia, Central America, and Canada. Still, it seemed, the place that inspired him most was the United States Supreme Court, which he and his wife took time to visit on their honeymoon.
A parishioner of St. Philip the Apostle Church for 52 years, Victor avidly supported the convent there since one kindly nun, Sr. Alphonse, had guided him as a boy to live an upstanding life. Victor was predeceased by his sister, Katherine Madeline Puerschner, and his grandchildren, Theodore Franks Mullica and Victoria Helen Ash. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Julia Mullica of Saddle Brook; his daughter, Lorraine Ash, and her husband, William Ash, of Allendale; his son, Theodore Mullica of Saddle Brook; and Theodore’s children, Katherine and Eamon Mullica. Services arranged by the Vander Plaat Colonial Home, Fair Lawn.

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