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John Albert McMahon(1922 - 2013)

McMahon, John Albert

John Albert McMahon (Jack), 91, formerly of Starlight, PA, passed on Sept. 15 in Milwaukee, WI. His death was due to natural causes. A man of many talents, he was a professional singer who sang with many choral groups: Voices of Walter Schumann, the Robert Shaw Chorale, Radio City Music Hall Men's Chorus, and extra chorus at the Metropolitan Opera's 'Lohengrin'. He appeared on Broadway in 'John Brown's Body' which starred Judith Anderson, Raymond Massey and Tyrone Power. He became a recording engineer with Mercury Records in NYC, eventually running the studio. He met his future wife in the chorus of an off-Broadway version of 'John Brown's Body' and they had four children. Mercury closed its studio in the early 70's so McMahon sought another type of work. They owned a vacation home in rural PA and bought a nearby lakeside country inn. He and wife Judy ran The Inn at Starlight Lake for over 30 years. Jack loved a good cup of coffee, gin martinis (had to be made just so), opera, folk music and jazz. He was an accomplished guitarist and amateur photographer, signmaker, bartender - the list goes on. He is survived by his former wife, Judy, of Binghamton, NY, Ceal Hunter and husband Tim of Milwaukee, WI, Will and wife Carina of Seattle, WA, John and wife Julie of NYC, Patty McMahon of Philadelphia, PA; granddaughters, Sheila and Annie Hunter; brother, Jim and wife Rosie of New Bern, NC; sister, Patricia of Camarillo, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews. His good ear, wit, and wisdom will be missed! A memorial service will be announced at a later date.




Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on Sept. 24, 2013
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