James Francis Mahon
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AGE: 91 • formerly of Haddonfield & Collingswood, NJ
Died peacefully on July 16, 2014, in Manchester, N.H., where he moved in 2010.
Jim was married to his beloved Mary Brogan, on March 29, 1948 by the late Msgr. Leo Mahoney at St. Paul's Church, Jersey City, NJ. Mary pre-deceased Jim on May 11, 2009. Jim is survived by their four devoted sons, James F. Jr. (the late Mairead), John Brogan, Patrick Andrews (Kathleen) and Joseph Carroll Mahon (Elizabeth Anderson), and by thirteen grandchildren, James F. III, Blathnaid, Deirdre, Denis, Fiona, Jessica Valverde (Luis), Rebecca Bartlett (Charles), Kimberly Pitre (Daniel), Carrie, Patrick Jr., Ciaran, Andrew, and Camilla and by four great-grandchildren, Isabella and Bruce Bartlett, Madeline Pitre and John Valverde and many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his grandson David.
Jim was a veteran of WWII, having served as a First Lieutenant in the Army Air Force, as a navigator on B-17's flying out of Foggia, Italy. Returning from his 13th bombing mission, over Frederickschafen, Germany, on August 3, 1944, his plane, damaged by German antiaircraft fire, crash-landed in Switzerland. On New Year's Eve, 1944, Jim escaped from Swiss internment, crossed the Alps into France and with the help of the French resistance was ultimately reunited with US forces. In a ceremony at the Pentagon on April 30, 2014, Jim was awarded a POW medal by the USAF Chief of Staff, General Mark A. Walsh, for his internment in the punishment camp at Wauwilermoos, SW, as a result of Jim's prior attempts to escape and rejoin U.S. forces.
James F. Mahon was born on Aug. 22, 1922, in Hoboken, New Jersey, to James and Anna Mahon, who immigrated from Rathlee, Co. Sligo, and Dualla, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. He was the youngest of four children. His sister Elizabeth, and brothers Patrick and John and their spouses, Bill Meehan, Elizabeth and Florence predeceased him. Jim was a graduate of St. Peters Prep and received a B.S. degree from St. Peters College, Jersey City, N.J., and an M.E. degree from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J. Jim was employed as an electrical sales engineer by Public Service Electric and Gas from the late 1940's until he retired in 1987, working in their Camden, Bordentown, Trenton and Mount Laurel offices for most of his career, and was a licensed NJ professional engineer. Jim also taught a professional engineer course at Rutgers University Evening Division in Camden, N.J. He was a member of Rotary International, Haddonfield chapter. Jim was a member of the parish of Christ the King R.C. Church in Haddonfield, N.J., and was previously a member of St. John's R.C. Church in Collingswood.
Visiting hours will be at Kain-Murphy Funeral Home, 15 West End Avenue, Haddonfield, NJ 08033 on Monday, July 21st, 6-8 PM. Jim's family and friends are invited to celebrate his Funeral Mass, on Tuesday, July 22nd, 10 AM, at Christ the King RC Church, 200 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield, NJ. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 340 Ridge Avenue, North Arlington, N.J.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Interfaith Caregivers, P.O. Box 186, Haddonfield, NJ 08033, who assisted Jim in caring for Mary at home for the last 8 years of her life when she was beset by Alzheimer's.
Kain-Murphy Funeral Services
15 West End Avenue Haddonfield, NJ 08033
Published in Courier-Post from July 18 to July 21, 2014