Bernard J. Mahony

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Bernard entered this world on June 29, 1927 in Chicago IL. Sadly, he left this world on Saturday, May 15th, 2010 in Midland, TX. He was the second child of Anna Frances Gaughan Mahony and Myles Aloysius Mahony. Bernard was raised in Chicago and attended Catholic schools there until the family moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1941. He attended St Mary's Catholic High School and graduated in 1945. Bernard then joined the Navy and was stationed in San Diego and Chicago until receiving his Honorable Discharge in 1947. Fate then led him to Socorro, NM where he attended The New Mexico School Of Mines and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering. He also met Vonnabelle Hendren. They were married in Socorro on December 16th, 1950. He received his degree in 1952. He also received a son "Bernie"Jr., the same year. Bernard started his professional career in Penwell, Texas employed by Texaco. In 1954 a daughter, Colleen, was born. His career took him to Caracas, Venezuela, then Amarillo, TX, where his second son, Kevin, was born in 1958. The family moved to Chanute, Kansas in 1960, where Bernard was an independent operator, and finally, to Midland, TX in 1965. In Midland, he worked for Drilling Well Control, Inexco, Atlantic Richfield Company, and International Nuclear Company. In the early 1970s he started his own consulting firm, "Falcon Engineering". He went on to develop Bernard J. Mahony Associates, BJM Drilling Company, Petroleum Litigation, Inc., and Centaur Management. He was a registered Professional Engineer and a certified accident reconstructionist. In 1986 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from His Alma Mater, New Mexico School of Mines. In his almost 83 years on this Earth, he loved his wife and family, college educated 3 children, loved to fly his Cessna 182, and built and enjoyed his mountain cabin. Bernard loved horses and taught his daughter to ride. He was a lifetime member of the NRA, believed in the 2nd amendment, collected firearms and loved hunting with his sons and son-in-law. He loved golfing and his golfing buddies, Goss and Russ. Bernard was also a member of Midland Community Theatre and acted in several of their plays. He was a Cubs fan and a Jack Daniels man. He was also very proud of his Irish heritage. Bernard was a faithful Catholic, attending Mass into his 80s, until his health did not permit. He was a member of St Stephens Catholic Church. His profession and tenacity took him to the ends of the Earth, including Venezuela, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, India, Italy, and the Arctic Circle. His life was full of adventure and challenge. He was one of a kind. He wasted not one day of the life granted to him. He left the world a better place than he found it and he will be so missed. He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Vonnabelle, and two sons, Bernie and Kevin Mahony, his parents and his sister Marilyn Mahony Ross. He is survived by his daughter, Colleen Mahony Meinke and son-in-law, Johnny Meinke, both of Midland, three grand daughters, Jean Mahony Tarbell, Bonnie Meinke, and Piper Meinke, and one great-grand son, Kevin Blake Lane, two nieces, Elizabeth Garzone and Kathleen Ross, one nephew, Michael Ross, two cousins, George Mahony and Mary Virginia Glavin, lifelong friend and college roommate Jack Kruppenbach, loving friend and companion of 12 years, Mina Fitting and of course, Duffy. Funeral services have been scheduled for 11:00 A. M., Friday, May 21, 2010 at St Stephen's Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at www.ellisfunerals.com. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or Father Flanagan's Boys Town, Boystown, NE 6801 or www.boystown.org

Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on May 19, 2010
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