Michael Mahoney

Obituary of Michael Mahoney

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Mahoney, Michael John Michael J. Mahoney, 77, of Princeton, NJ passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, March 16, 2012 at Plymouth Place, La Grange Park, Illinois. Son of the late John Edward Mahoney and Catherine (Cunningham) Mahoney, he was born in Brooklyn, NY and was a full time resident of Princeton for over 40 years. Mike graduated in 1956 from St. John's University of New York, with a B.S. in Mathematics. He served in the Marine Corps from 1956 to 1958. A Fellow of the Society of Actuaries since 1969, he was employed at Metropolitan Life for 20 years. In 1978, Mike joined Milliman & Robertson, one of the world's largest independent actuarial and consulting firms, where he headed the New York Pension and Employee Benefits consulting practice. Becoming a principal of the firm in 1980, he expanded the practice across the east coast into major cities including Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and Atlanta, and helped establish a joint pension consultancy in London, UK. Mike worked closely with clients including the Food Workers Union and AT&T, and served as long-time chair for M&R's Public Relations Committee, retiring from M&R in 2000. Mike was an active member of the St. Paul's parish community in Princeton for 40 years, where he served as frequent usher, lector and Eucharistic minister. He was a committed supporter of his alma maters, Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, Brooklyn, and St John's University, from which he received an honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science in 2001 in recognition of his professional achievements and long-standing philanthropy. A frequent visitor to his beloved New York City, Mike and his departed wife Patricia also supported the New York City Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera, and ardently followed New York City teams including the Yankees, the Giants and St. John's basketball. Awarded track and field scholarships, Mike continued running right up until his final years and although he gamely applied himself to golf, camaraderie was the real reason for his longtime membership in Springdale Golf Club. Mike genuinely treasured his time with family and friends. A devoted husband, Mike celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary in August 2010 with his wife, Patricia Anne Mahoney, who died in January 2011. Brother of the late Brian Mahoney, he is survived by his sister Sheila Brown of Lexington, MA; sister and brother-in-law Maureen and BrigGen John Brickley, USMC (Ret.) of Tampa, FL; sister-in-law Anne Marie Mahoney of Belmont, MA; dear cousins Cathleen and Francis Fahey; and three daughters and two sons-in-law, Eileen Mahoney, Catherine Mahoney and Garrett Kiely, and Nancy Mahoney and Ian van Coller. Mike was a beloved 'Grandpa' to five grandchildren, Thomas, Julia and Daniel Kiely; and Aidan and Kaylie van Coller. He will also be missed by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the wake on Friday, March 23, 2012, from 2 to 4 pm and from 7 to 9 pm at the Mather�"Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ. The Funeral Mass will be held 9:30 am, Saturday, March 24, 2012, at St. Paul's Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital Fund at: www.stjude.org.
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