Fairfield - John "Jack" James McMahon died peacefully in Greensboro, N.C., on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013.
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Jack was born on Sept. 12, 1946, to the late Edward and Julia (McGarry) McMahon. He was raised and educated in Fairfield, where he completed St. Thomas Aquinas grade school and Fairfield Prep. He graduated from Sacred Heart University in 1968 and then served two years in the U.S. Army, military police. He was stationed in Key West, Fla., a warm weather destination he would frequent often in the years to follow. He also was a member of the Port 5 Naval Veterans in Bridgeport.
Jack loved Fairfield and was happy to have enjoyed a long career working for the town as a health inspector. While working for the health department he served as a representative for the employee union. Jack retired with a medical disability in 2007 and relocated to North Carolina, where he was cared for with great love and compassion first by his sister, Maureen, and then his niece, Sheila Lockhart, who was with him as he passed.
In 1989, Jack married Pamela Feeley. They were truly best friends and together they shared the love of women's softball, their parrot Pepe, traveling, and the company of their many friends. Jack also grew to enjoy raising vegetables and cooking. He cared for Pam at home when she fell ill, with the help of very special friends; her death in 2005 was a great loss for him. Jack also played a pivotal role in caring for his mother prior to her death in 2001.
Jack is survived by his three siblings, Maureen Laitres of Boulder, Colo., William "Bill" McMahon of Windsor Locks, and Mary (McMahon) Gorton of Waterford; as well as their children and grandchildren, Maura Clare (Laitres) and her children, Julia (Tyrrell) Jacoby and Charlie Jacoby, Sheila Lockhart (Laitres) and her son, Tucker Lockhart, Debi (McMahon) Ludwig and her children, Jamie and Kaelyn Ludwig, David McMahon, Kathryn, Michael, and Sarah Gorton.
His niece, Jennifer Laitres, predeceased him.
Jack's family is grateful for the skilled care he was provided by the WhiteStone nursing staff and by the gentle and helpful support of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro.
The family plans to celebrate Jack's life in a memorial service in Fairfield this coming spring so that all of his family can gather safely to honor his memory. The date and time of this celebration will be announced in The Day at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, Fairfield Center.
To send an online condolence, please visit www.shaughnesseybanks.com
Published in The Day on Feb. 3, 2013