Bradford Stevens MacNulty

June 24, 1928 - December 23, 2012
Bradford Stevens MacNulty


Bradford Stevens MacNulty, 84, Of Wilmington, NC and Sugar Mountain, NC, passed away on December 23, 2012 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center of complications of Parkinson’s disease.

Brad was born on June 24, 1928 in Hartford, CT, the son of the late Raymond Henry MacNulty and Leontine Dickinson MacNulty.

He is survived by his wife of 54½ years, Shirley Whitehead MacNulty; two sons James Dickinson MacNulty (Karen) of Mocksville, NC and Robert Kermit MacNulty (Vanessa) of Wilmington, NC; one brother, Dickinson Grey MacNulty (Helen Janet) of Kensington, CT; two grandsons, Steven Edward MacNulty (Ashley) and Jay Bryant MacNulty, both of Wilmington, NC; one step granddaughter Madison Paige Morrison, of Wilmington, NC; three step grandsons, Joe Campbell Owen, of Chesterfield; SC, Matthew Jordon Owen and Adam Scott Owen, both of Mocksville, NC; one great grandson, six step-great grandchildren, one niece and one nephew, and his Shih Tzu, Muffy.

Mr. MacNulty graduated from Westfield, MA High School in 1946, The University of Massachusetts in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Food Technology and in 1952 with a Masters Degree in Public Health. He served in the United States Navy and was a reserve officer in the U. S. Public Health Service.

From 1956 to 1966 he was employed by the Food Science and Engineering Division of the Naval Supply Research and Development Facility, Bayonne, New Jersey. During his years with the Navy, he served as head of the Field Operations Team, primarily responsible for Navy food equipment used both ashore and afloat. He also served as Food Specialist supervising and developing projects in food science and new feeding system concepts, including development of some of the food in the early space program. Highlights in the field of equipment development include a milk reconstituting and dispensing machine, a deep fat fryer for submarine use and some of the design criteria used in today’s convection ovens.

From 1966 to 1971 he served as Management Specialist for the School Food Service of the Child Nutrition Division, Director’s Staff (USDA) and from 1971 to 1974 he served the Agency as Branch Chief of the Facilities and Management Technology Branch and in 1974, Mr. MacNulty was appointed Manager of the Nonfood Assistance Program in the Child Nutrition Division (formerly School Lunch Division), Food and Nutrition Service Agency, USDA, Washington, DC.

After retirement, the MacNultys moved to St. Mary’s City, MD where he sold real estate. They moved to Wilmington in 1990. Mr. MacNulty was a talented piano and keyboard player. His hobbies included music, playing bridge and bird watching.

A memorial service will be held at Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church at 2 pm on Saturday, December 29, 2012.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be sent to Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church, 1209 N. Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428; Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401 or the charity of your choice.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mary Rudyk and the staff of the 3rd, 7th and 10th (especially Angie,Debbie, and Kay Ellen) floors of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington Health and Rehabilitation Center especially Marie and Tracy and Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

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  • December 27, 2012
    Leslie Winslow says:
    Brad will be greatly missed. I am so glad I have some of his music. You and your family are in our prayers. Leslie & Allen

  • January 04, 2013
    Justine Stewart says:
    Shirley, I am so sorry for you, but happy that Brad is no longer sick or in pain. God bless you, as he has Brad! With love, Justine

  • December 26, 2012
    DENNIS LACEY says:
    WE WILL ALL HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF BRAD AS IT SEEMS HE WAS WITH US AT SUGARTOP FOR MUCH LONGER THAN HE WAS. WE WILL LISTEN TO THE MUSIC HE GAVE US FOR MANY YEARS TO COME ! BRAD WILL BE MISSED GREATLY BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN.OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH SHIRLEY AND HER FAMILY.

  • December 30, 2012
    Agnes Aller says:
    We will not forget Brad. He and Shirley greatly improved our lives as newcomers to Wilmington 20 years ago. Brad would stop by on many days and discuss the progress Jim made as he built our house for the next 2 years. Brad and Shirley introduced us to the ballroom dance clubs in Wilmington and I remember the Friday night dinner dances that Brad would organize at Beau Rivage . He was a good person who cared about others. We shall miss him.

  • December 25, 2012
    Buddy and Lee says:
    *Shirley and Muffy* ~* Stars in the Sky *~ Tonight, when you look up, don't think of them as stars. Think of them as porch lights, welcoming your loved one safely home. Sending you thoughts of peace during your time of sorrow. * * Keeping you close as you move forward on a path that is new... * Reaching out for support from those who love you and care about you will help you along the way. Our thoughts are with you and our prayers surround you. We are looking at the stars tonight! * We are so thankful our paths crossed at Sugartop and we got to know the 3 of you a little more over the past year. * *With love from Lee & Buddy*