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“John was one of the founders of a community based Amateur Radio club that used to be in Queens, NY. John was always a solid friend. It is with deep...Read More »
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“John, our family's patriarch, was a wonderful man and we were privileged to meet him and his family on our family tree search some years ago.Love to...Read More »
2 of 2 | Posted by: Adrian and Helen Mulloon


John was born in Trinidad, BWI November 9th, 1920. An only child, he eventually came to America with his maternal grandmother to live with his mother, Irene, and aunts. Later his stepfather Aubrey built, repaired and tuned grand pianos for the rich and famous of NY, with the help of his equally skilled wife Irene in their Bronx storefront. They were proud of their West Indian heritage, maintaining a closely knit extended family. They shared regular family gatherings often filled with food and music. As a young boy John was an avid Boy Scout with many of his close buddies, loving camping, handmade crafts, and hiking. Later as a teen he continued those interests via long distance bike/camping trips with many of those same buddies. Along the way he taught himself the harmonica, which became a close "friend " that accompanied him through many later life phases.

"Poppi" as he was called by the grandchildren, attended Haaren HS for Aviation, in NYC. His interests in airplanes led him to become a skilled, avid artist of the then Biplanes, and later, multiple­ engine planes of commercial and military style. 1942 saw Poppi join the United States Army where he was aptly trained in communications and electronics. This included a skill that later became an eager hobby - Morse Code. In the Army, Poppi became a Tech Sergeant of a radio-communications unit that was personally responsible for many miles of wire communications across several European, North African and Pacific theaters of operation between 1942 and 1945.

After the war Poppi began his NYC Police Officer career of 31 years, beginning in the Bronx and later Central Queens. Moving from foot patrol "walking a beat", to Youth Patrolman, to Community Affairs Officer, he consistently loved the diversity of tasks, people, and challenge of doing his all for everyone, young and old.
In 1965, Poppi established the Red Cross Emergency Radio Club for local Queens youth with support from a local Red Cross Chapter and countless community volunteers. They just wanted to help young youth have a chance. The Club provided them with basic electronics skills, morse code and opportunities for advancement as licensed Amateur Radio operators. They were capable of local and worldwide code and voice communications -ALL before the Cell Phone was invented!! This group ultimately served NYC communities in weather emergencies and regular communications­ network operations for such events as parades, and most notably the Annual NYC Marathon. Poppi was extremely proud of the personal growth of these members from their teen beginnings to later adult advisor status, to other younger members. The groups open invitation to Poppi to join them at summer "Field days" was a highlight of his life, long after he retired and moved to Maryland. The Family says to the Members "Thank You so much for the Joy you gave Poppi!"

In later years with NYPD, Poppi's recognition as a photo-documenter of places, people and events caught the interest of Police, Civic, and Public officials. They began to invite him to present his slide shows of ground and aerial views of the community, to local groups and schools. By 1983 his presentations totaled 887, viewed by over 4000 people.

Beyond his work life, Poppi enjoyed his deeply devoted 69-year romance and marriage to his young "Sweetheart" Dorothy "Dottie" Mulloon. Their management of stressful work hours balanced with parenting, and holiday gatherings, speaks to the cement of the true Family Concept. Together they raised two married children: Valerie (Albert Moser) and John (Julie Livingston Mulloon) and their grandchildren: Monica, Erik, Mark, Lauren; great-grands: Kathy, Christina, Victoria, Elizabeth, Amber; great great-grands: Dominic, Adrienne