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Haynes R. Mahoney Jr.

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Haynes R. Mahoney Jr. Obituary
Haynes Richardson Mahoney Jr Feb. 13, 1920 to April 5, 2014 Our beloved father and grandfather passed away peacefully on April 5 in the Mayflower Nursing Home in West Yarmouth. Much of Haynes's life was shaped by boats and the sea. He grew up in Jacksonville Florida, swimming with the Manatees in the St. Johns River, and shipped out one summer on a banana boat to Cuba. In later life, he was an avid sailor out of Bass Hole on the Cape. Young Haynes worked his way through the University of Florida and then moved to George Washington University where he covered international affairs as a part time journalist for the Washington Herald. Swept up by World War II, Haynes directed artillery fire and maintained order as an MP in France and Germany, then joining the military government and directing the de-nazification of the Bavarian press. As the Cold War revved up, Haynes moved to Thailand in 1953 and traveled to remote villages, often by riverboat, staging anti-Communist road shows. Washington then called him back to work on Asian affairs in the US Information Agency until he was transferred to Japan, where he dealt with the anti-American riots that derailed a planned visit by President Eisenhower and pioneered American appreciation for Sushi. Right after the Berlin Wall went up, Haynes moved to West Berlin in 1962 to be Deputy Director of the Radio in the American Sector (RIAS) which beamed into Communist East Germany and got Haynes cited in "Who's Who in the CIA," a fictitious work by Communist intelligence (he never was). Topping off his Foreign Service Career, Haynes served as the Public Affairs Counselor at the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and handled the media during a kidnapping by the Japanese Red Army. Retiring to Cape Cod in 1976, Haynes plunged into scholarship on the old Cape whaling families, interviewing their descendants, publishing a booklet on the Cape Cod packets and riding his bicycle to Historical Society meetings. In his final years, Haynes' daughter Ann Pinkham lived with him and accompanied him on his naturalist adventures along the Cape's coastal marshes and the Atlantic beaches. Haynes will be buried beside his wife Catherine M. Mahoney in Concord Massachusetts. He is survived by his sister Eleanor Mahoney of Jacksonville, Florida, his daughter Ann, his son Haynes Mahoney III, also a Foreign Service Officer, daughter in law Sossi, his grandchildren Douglas and Kim Pinkham, Karina, Dominique and Colette Mahoney and his great-grandson Alaric. We cordially invite friends to pay their respects at the Hallett Funeral Home on 273 Station Ave, South Yarmouth, from 4 to 6 pm on Wednesday, April 9. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 am in St. Pius X Church on Station Ave, South Yarmouth on Thursday, April 10. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be to the Yarmouth Port Library, 297 Route 6A, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675 (www.yarmouthportlibrary.org).

Published in The Barnstable Register from Apr. 7 to Apr. 14, 2014
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