NORTHAMPTON - Edward James "Mac" McMahon, 80, of Prospect Avenue, Northampton, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, with his family by his side.
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A life long resident of Northampton, he was born April 18, 1932, the son of the late Edward J. McMahon and Aileen (Lyons) McMahon.
Ed graduated from Northampton High School class of 1950.
During the Korean War he served for two years with the U.S. Army. He went on to earn a bachelor's of arts from the University of Massachusetts and a J.D. from Western New England College School of Law. He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1968.
Ed practiced law in Northampton for 43 years. During his early career he worked as both a public defender and a district court prosecutor. Whether in the private or public sector, Ed showed remarkable dedication to his clients.
He was a devoted member of the former St. Mary of the Assumption parish. Ed loved the ocean and vacationing with his family in Maine. He also loved working in the yard with his wife Mary. Many friends and neighbors remember seeing Ed on his daily walks to and from the office.
Ed is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Mary (Murphy) McMahon.
He also leaves five devoted children and their families, Elizabeth M. Smith of Needham and her husband David Smith and their children Gregory and Kristen, Brian McMahon of West Hartford, Conn., his wife Christina and their children Charlie, Ben and Libby, Maureen McMahon and her children Caitlin, Molly and Allison Driscoll, Jennifer Whiting and her husband Richard and their children Dylan, Sam and Alexandra and Kara B. McMahon.
Ed was predeceased by his sister Shan M. Nolan and survived by his two half sisters, Frances Buckley of Rye, N.Y., and Dorothy brooks of Aurora, Ohio.
The funeral will be held beginning Monday, March 4 at 9 a.m. from the Ahearn Funeral Home on Bridge Road, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Annunication Church in Florence at 10 a.m. Calling hours will be Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Legal Aid, formerly known as Western Massachusetts Legal Services, a civil legal aid program that provides free legal services to low-income and elderly families, or to the Childs Park Foundation, Inc.
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Ahearn Funeral Home
783 Bridge Road
Northampton, MA 01060
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette from Mar. 1 to Mar. 2, 2013