Joseph Paul McNulty, 26, died on Wednesday, Dec. 5, after a nearly two-year battle with cancer. McNulty was the son of Paul and Brenda McNulty of Fairfax Station, and the brother of Katy McNulty and brother-in-law Jonathan Hittinger of Brooklyn, N.Y., Anni McNulty of Columbia, S.C., and Corrie McNulty, attending Grove City College in Pa. He is also survived by his grandfather Kenneth Millican of Oldsmar, Fla., and loving aunts, uncles and cousins. A graduate of Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax and James Madison University (2009), McNulty was a first year law student at the University of South Carolina School of Law.
He was a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church in Fairfax and attended First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C.
From 2009 to 2012, McNulty worked on the staff of U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10) as director of social media and deputy press secretary. Joe was known as a kind and caring person with a delightful sense of humor who was blessed with remarkable faith, courage and optimism in the hard providence of cancer. A natural athlete who enjoyed nearly all sports, Joe played varsity soccer at Robinson and was a member of the JMU club team. A memorial service was held at Immanuel Christian Church in Springfield, at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 10.