Steven A. Mahon, 58, of Bradford, passed away Sunday (May 8, 2016) at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.
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He was a loving son, husband, and father, who was proud to be called Katie's Poppy.
Born April 12, 1958, in Cuba, N.Y., he was a son of Ernest "Ernie" and Ginger Tingley Mahon. He was a 1977 graduate of Cuba High School.
On Feb. 14, 1999 in Cuba, he married Jennifer L. August Mahon, who survives.
On Nov. 8, 1977, he enlisted in the United States Navy, served on the USS Nimitz with VA 35 and was honorably discharged on Nov. 6, 1981. He earned many awards in his naval service, such as plane captain of the quarter and year. He did quite a bit of traveling in the Navy and when asked if he had a bucket list said, "I don't really have one because I did all I wanted to do while I was young traveling the world with the Navy. Now all that matters is being with my family."
Steve had been employed at Empire Cheese in Cuba, Zippo Manufacturing and later at Walmart.
Mr. Mahon was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church. He loved spending time with his family and especially his nieces and nephews playing with them, teaching them how to draw and just talking to them. He had a huge heart and an awesome laugh that was a joy to listen to.
Steve was an accomplished lifelong watercolor artist. He created spectacular landscapes and seascapes. He specialized in portraits of people and animals, especially dogs. He loved being outdoors and playing basketball.
As Katie has asked you, "Poppy please paint the sky for us." We love you to the moon and back, and you will always be in our hearts.
In addition to his parents and wife, Jennifer, he is survived by a daughter, Katie Gorrell of Bradford; three sisters, Yvonne (Luke) Radloff of Cuba, Debbie (Rick) Moore, Olean, N.Y. and Jody (Scott) Jordan of Friendship, N.Y.; a brother, Mark (Brandi) Mahon of Belfast, N.Y.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two nephews, Lee Desmond and Alex Radloff.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., 33 South Ave., with the Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor of St. Bernard Church, officiating.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Bradford Area Public Library, 67 West Washington St., Bradford, PA 16701 or McKean County SPCA, PO Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com.
Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
33 South Avenue
Bradford, PA 16701
Published in The Bradford Era from May 10 to May 16, 2016