Frank McNulty, batboy, model, & CT resident passes


Published in The Hartford Courant, Jan. 12, 2020

Frank W. McNulty passed away on January 9, 2020 in Bloomfield, CT. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Audrey, 3 children Lindsay (Glenn), Paul (Julie), and Tracy (Dean) and 5 cherished grandchildren Alexis, Allison, Meghan, Ella and Dylan. Frank was born in Waltham, MA on June 15,1931 to William Frank and Marion McNulty. He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Kay. Frank was a “double Eagle” graduating from Boston College HS and Boston College. He received his Master degree in Finance at NYU. Frank enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1949 and served in the Korean War as a First Lieutenant. A special time in Frank’s life was his stint as bat boy for the Boston Braves where he earned a World Series ring in 1948 when the Braves played the Cleveland Indians. That year Frank was the bat boy model for the iconic September 4, 1948 Saturday Evening Post cover ‘The Dugout” illustrated by Norman Rockwell. Frank was employed at General Motors for 11 years before holding several senior executive positions at Norton Simon, Inc., a holding company that included among many others, several well known businesses including McCall Publishing, Canada Dry Corporation, Max Factor Cosmetics and Avis Car Rental. He considered himself lucky to end his career at its height presiding as president of Parade Publications for over 10 years – this included Parade Magazine, the national Sunday newspaper supplement that was distributed in over 700 newspapers and had a weekly circulation of 32 million. During his retirement, Frank led the fundraiser to rebuild Our Lady of Fatima Church in New London, NH and served 2 terms as mayor of Seabrook Island, SC where he oversaw the creation of a bike path that connected Seabrook and Kiawah Islands. Frank moved back to New England in 2011 and enjoyed several wonderful years with new and very special friends at Seabury Retirement Community in Bloomfield. Frank’s family is so grateful for the care and comfort offered by the staff and residents at Seabury over the past several months. Frank was known for his amazing ability to get along with all people and his great humor. Frank was a devout Catholic and lived his life according to his faith. He never forgot his humble beginnings and contributed to many charities over the years. Despite all his life achievements his most cherished roles were as “Pops” to his children and grandchildren whom he adored and as a very devoted husband to Audrey whom he met on a blind date 71 years ago. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 am on Friday, January 17 at Sacred Heart Church, 26 Wintonbury Avenue, Bloomfield, CT. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions can be made in Frank’s name to two of his favorite charities: St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758516 Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516. For online condolences please visit


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