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Lewis H. Mahony 1921-2011 PITTSFIELD Mr. Lewis H. Mahony, 90, of 161 Mountain Dr., died Monday, January 2, 2012 at Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center surrounded by his loving family. Born in Greeley, Colo., on Feb. 6, 1921 the son of Lewis H. and Freda L. Johnson Mahony, he graduated from South High School in Denver, Colo. He received his Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Denver in 1943 and his Master's in Chemical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1948. He was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Army. Mr. Mahony worked for Mixing Equipment Company in Rochester, N.Y. from 1948 until moving to Pittsfield in 1966 to work for Beloit Corporation in Dalton. After leaving Beloit in 1983, he went to work for Krofta Engineering in Lenox, and finally retired in 1995. Lew showed a true passion for dancing from the time he was a teenager. He traveled the country in a dance group when he was only 19 and later worked as a dance instructor. Lew danced in many festivals and was instrumental in the creation of the Pittsfield Ethnic Fair. He was a true outdoorsman; he enjoyed downhill skiing, cycling and tennis to name a few. From being dropped by helicopter to ski the Alps to cycling across Ireland, Lew traveled the globe well into his 80's in search of new sporting adventures. Lew had a love for life, a true zest that was evident to all who knew him. He was always at the center of the party and was always the last one dancing. He was the 2008 Irish Person of the year and leaves behind many friends in the Irish Community that will truly miss him. He leaves two children; a daughter Jill L. Mahony of London, England and a son, Craig E. Mahony and his wife Marjorie, of Pittsfield and two grandchildren, Michael Mahony and Laura Mahony both of Pittsfield. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral Services for Lewis H. Mahony will be Friday, January 6, 2012 at 1 pm at the Dwyer Funeral Home, 776 North St., Pittsfield, MA with the Rev. William Furey officiating. Calling hours at the funeral home will be Thursday, January 5, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pittsfield Irish Sister City Committee, care of the Dwyer Funeral Home, and will be used for cultural exchanges between Pittsfield, MA and Ballina, Ireland. Please visit www.dwyerfuneral.com to leave remembrances and condolences.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 4, 2012
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