Arthur John Mulrain, 85, of Mashpee died at Cape Cod Hospital on April 14.
Born in Worcester, he was the son of Arthur and Anna Mulrain.
He graduated from South High School in Worcester in 1947, was drafted into the US Army and served on the front lines of the Korean War as a corporal. He was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in battle.
After his honorable discharge in 1953 he returned home and graduated from Fitchburg State College with a teaching degree. He later earned a master’s degree in education from Worcester State College and a master’s degree in school psychology from Assumption College. He then dedicated nearly 40 years of his professional life to teaching and counseling students in the Northborough-Southborough school systems.
Mr. Mulrain, who coached several sports teams, was a pioneer in introducing youngsters to soccer in the 1960s and ’70s. He later became a longtime soccer referee in the Massachusetts high school system.
He was a parishioner of Christ the King Church in Worcester, where he spent many years leading the youth council and served as a Eucharistic minister.
After retiring to Cape Cod in 2001 Mr. Mulrain, known to friends and family as Chick, became a member of Parish of Christ the King in Mashpee, where he volunteered at the food pantry and was a founding member of The Gang of Thirty-Two golf league.
He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing golf.
Mr. Mulrain leaves his wife of 56 years, Joyce (Green) Mulrain; his son, Michael J. Mulrain and his wife, Carolyn Mulrain, of Westboro; his daughter, Allison J. Kenyon and her husband, Jeffrey Kenyon of Northbridge; four grandchildren, Katherine and Melanie Mulrain, and Ryan and Jocelyn Kenyon; and his brother, Robert Mulrain of Webster.
Visitation is from 4 to 7 PM on Monday, April 21, at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Avenue, Mashpee.
A funeral service will be held at 10 AM on Tuesday, April 22, at Parish of Christ the King, Mashpee, followed by burial at 11:30 AM in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Parish of Christ the King, PO Box 1800, Mashpee, MA 02649.