John Cushing Mahaney

A Mass for former township resident John Cushing Mahaney will be offered Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church, 50 Short Hills Ave, Short Hills. Interment will follow at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bradley Brough & Dangler Funeral Home, 309 Springfield Ave, Summit.

Mr. Mahaney, 75, died Oct. 12 at Weill Cornell Hospital in New York City.

Born in Sayre, Pa., in 1938, he was the youngest of five siblings. He graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 1959 and joined Equitable's administrative training program in Charleston, W. Va., where he began a 54 year career with AXA-Equitable as a financial adviser

Mr. Mahaney was a member of the National Leaders Corps, National Council and Presidents Cabinet. In addition, he earned his Chartered Life Underwriter designation in 1964 and was a qualifying life member of the Million Dollar Round Table for more than 50 consecutive years.

Mr. Mahaney was a resident of Summit.

In 1980, Mr. Mahaney was featured in The New York Times as honor agent of the Equitable's Northeastern Region for his professional accomplishments and contributions to the community.

He was a member of Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield and Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Ireland Fund in New York, Bona Alumni and was an active parishioner at St. Rose of Lima Church.

Mr. Mahaney is survived by his wife, Joanne; four daughters, Shannon, Kathryn, Deirdre Ostrowski and Bevan.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Bonaventure University, 3261 West State Road, St. Bonaventure, NY., 14778.

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Published in The Item of Millburn and Short Hills on Oct. 15, 2013