MCMAHON, Peter - Born May 1, 1937, Peter C. MCMahon died peacefully in London on December 9, 2012 following a brief illness. He was surrounded by his loving family and is survived by his wife, Irene; daughter, Trish; son-in-law, Kevin Ackhurst; and grandsons Jack and Max MCMahon Ackhurst. Peter loved life and with it, his family and pets, teaching, sports (especially hockey), all manner of chocolate and carrot cake. Peter was a social worker and Professor Emeritus, having taught social work for more than 35 years at King's University College at the University of Western Ontario. Born in North Bay, Peter graduated with a commerce degree from St. Patrick's College at the University of Ottawa and went to work for the Auditor General's Office. He quickly decided this was not to be his life's work and turned to social work. He then attended the University of Toronto, graduating with an M.Ed., M.S.W., and Ph.D. He spent a number of years in practice before he started teaching. Peter was dedicated to the practice of social work as a profession and enjoyed working closely with students in their field placements. His own work focused on performance appraisals and needs assessments of administrative structures in social work agencies, particularly children's aid societies and associations for community living in southern Ontario . In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Peter MCMahon Memorial Bursary at King's University College. The Foundation Office can be reached at 519-433-3491 ext. 4500/ 1-800-265-4406 ext. 4500. A small family funeral will be held on December 16th, with a public memorial service to follow in the spring.
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Published in the Toronto Star from Dec. 14 to Dec. 16, 2012