William J. McMahon Jr.
AGE: 93 • White Plains
William J. McMahon, Jr. 93, of White Plains, NY entered into eternal life surrounded by his cherished family on January 30, 2017. Bill was born in Jeddo, PA on November 3, 1923 and with his family returned to White Plains in 1928. He was the son of Leonora Ellen Swift and William J. McMahon, Sr.
He was predeceased by his loving wife of 62 years, Leila Blanche McMahon (nee Jeannotte) in 2008. Together they lovingly raised their three children, Anne FitzSimmons (John) and William J. McMahon III (Joanne) of White Plains and Mary McCormack (John) of Poughquag, NY. Bill was one of nine children: he was predeceased by Annie Lee, Thomas McMahon, Mary Veatch, Helynn Kapp, John McMahon, Patsy Bola, and Peggy Calabrese. He is survived by his sister Bonnie Sommerhoff of Plantation, FL. Bill's grandchildren and great-grandchild were the joy of his life. The grandchildren are Sean (Kimberly), Brian (Molly), and Kayla McCormack, John William and Mary Kate FitzSimmons, and Billy (the 4th), Casey, Megan, and Jessica McMahon and great-grandchild Jackson McCormack.
Bill was very proud of his service to his country during WWII. He enlisted in the United States Navy in January, 1941 and was honorably discharged in November of 1946. He was one of the youngest sailors to achieve the rank of Chief Petty Officer during his service. He served at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Seattle NAS, San Diego NAS and various locations in the South Pacific.
Bill was appointed to the White Plains Fire Department in June, 1951, He achieved the ranks of Lieutenant, Deputy Chief and was promoted to Chief of the Department on April 4, 1977. He retired in March of 1986. After retirement Bill was very active in the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs. He was diligent in his efforts to promote legislation requiring sprinkler systems in new construction. He was sworn in as the president of the State Chiefs in June of 1989.
Bill and Blanche enjoyed traveling and after retirement they visited many different countries. This was only accomplished after they had visited all 50 states. When they were home they spent much of their time with their children and grandchildren. Bill was also known for his long walks. A walk to Armonk and back was routine.
The family thanks the team from Phelps Memorial Hospital Hospice, Dr. Indio, Dr Green and Father Timothy Wiggins for their kindness and compassion.
Visitation will be Wednesday 6 to 9 pm and Thursday 3 to 8 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 10:30 am at St. John the Evangelist Church. The interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett FH
491 Mamaroneck Ave.
White Plains, NY 10605