Mulholland died at home on March 3 2017, he was 56.
Royce had a big heart and an incandescent smile that he employed generously in Douglas Manor, a neighborhood where he was raised, resided and loved dearly. Whether he was raising money for the new dock project or officiating at the annual July 4th track and field games for local kids, Royce was proud of his friends and the community that they had built together.
He was a passionate advocate for affordable housing. His company, The Mulholland Group, developed, managed and was lauded for creating modern, multi-family housing in upstate New York as well as in Texas and Virginia.
Royce, a childhood friend of former Governor Mario Cuomo's daughter Maria, worked on his 1982 Campaign for Governor. He was a natural politician, serving as class president at St. Francis Preparatory School, and he relished the challenge of going to work for a candidate who was then 24 points behind Ed Koch in the polls. He worked tirelessly for the manager of the campaign, the current New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
After Royce's graduation from Ohio Wesleyan, he went to work for Governor Cuomo. His ardor for politics could sometimes lead to noisy arguments but when they were over everyone was a bit more knowledgeable.
Royce was a longtime supporter of Providence House -- Brooklyn, a non-profit shelter run by the Sisters of St. Joseph to help transition women who are homeless and recently released from prison back into society.
He is survived by his wife Lauretta; daughters, Noelle, Shannon, Annie and Blair; and his son Royce Jr. He is survived by his mother Dorothy Mulholland, brothers Sean and Josh; and sister Raissa Petracca.