Francis W. "Frank" McMahon formerly of East Hartford, and most recently South Windsor, husband of the love of his life, Barbara Ann (Hunlow) McMahon, for 54 years, entered into eternal peace on Jan. 30, 2013.
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Frank was born on June 25, 1929, in East Hartford, to the late Thomas P. McMahon and Nellie (Connole) McMahon. He was a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean War. Frank was a very kind and compassionate man whose humor helped make him countless friends. He was an active communicant of St. Christopher Church. He was on the Social Action Committee and ran the coffee and social hour after Masses for many years, earning the nickname of "Cookie" and "Candy Man" to the children. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 4, the State Police Retirees Club, the Korean War Veterans Association, and the Ostomy Support Group. Prior to his retirement in 1986, he was a chef for the Connecticut State Police Academy in Meriden for 33 years. Frank also worked for many years at A.C. Peterson's Dairy, Viking Bakery, Stop & Shop, and the Gallery Restaurant. Frank was an avid baseball and Red Sox fan, collecting baseball cards and books as a hobby. He often told stories of the many games he attended and about his favorite player, Ted Williams. He was also a Patriots, Celtics, Bruins, Notre Dame, and UConn fan.
Besides his loving wife, he is survived by his nephew, James McPheat and wife, Gilda; his niece, Diane Kyc and husband, Wayne; grandnieces and nephews, Cheryl and Brian Fry, Kevin and Jenifer Kyc, Sharon Kyc, Jason McPheat, and Eric McPheat and fiancée, Mary Campo. He also leaves his great-grandnephews, Avery and Christian Fry, whom he adored. He was predeceased by his brothers, John McMahon, Thomas McMahon and wife, Kathleen; his sister, Mary McPheat and husband James; and a special nephew, John T. McPheat.
The family would like to thank the residents, volunteers, and caring staff of Manchester Manor for the compassionate care and friendship that they showed Frank.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Christopher Church, 580 Brewer St., East Hartford. Burial with military honors will follow at Silver Lane Cemetery, East Hartford.
His family will receive friends Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Christopher Church School, 570 Brewer St., East Hartford, CT 06118.
Published in Journal Inquirer from Jan. 31 to Feb. 4, 2013