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MAHONEY, John Leo Distinguished Emeritus Rattigan Professor of English at Boston College, Sept. 1, 2015. Beloved husband of Ann M. (Dowd) Mahoney. Loving Father of John L. Mahoney and his wife Lenor of West Newton, Patricia A. O'Brien and her husband James of Arlington, and William D. Mahoney and...

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To the Mahoney family,

I just read the Fall edition of the BC Magazine and saw that Professor Mahoney had died. I suppose that we all reach back and remember a teacher or a professor who touched us in an extraordinary way. Your husband/father was such a person to me. In addition to having him in class, I was fortunate to have him as my advisor for my Senior thesis and I learned so many things from him. Probably the most important was his ability to listen. When we met to discuss my...

Dear Pat,
I will always have fond memories of your dad driving us (and your brother John) to B.C. I knew him as a very personable, kind, and learned man who always tried to engage me in conversation; he truly valued the views of others. I remember him so vividly; he made such a strong impression on me, as he did on everyone he touched.

Please know that you and John are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

With sincere sympathy,
Joanne V....

Dear Pat, My brother Andy called today and informed me that your father had died last week. My thoughts and prayers are with your mother and your family. At the high school where I work in Naples, FL, I work with a teacher that had your dad for English. He has never forgotten your father and the kindness that he extended to him. Your father's legacy will live on-he has touched so many people Love, Kathy Kessler

Such a beautiful article in the Boston Globe yesterday on John's incredible life's journey and how he touched so many others along the way so profoundly. We lived across the street on Stone Place, Somerville and thought so much of the Mahoney family. Our thoughts and prayers to his wife, children and his wonderful sisters Margaret and Marylou.
To all our condolences. Susan (Shine) McGrath and Family

For John Mahoney, a friend for 60 years, and for Ann and all the Mahoney family, I offer three quotations (with attribution as John would wish). "The only pain he ever gave us all was leaving us." (Anon. Headstone); John could 'walk with kings nor lose the common touch." (Kipling); "The only thing worse than losing a friend would be never having had one" (Seneca).

Sympathy to Ann and all John's loved and loving family ~
Peg Mullane

Dear Ann,
What a great man John was and is, and what a great couple you were and are. I shall offer Mass for John and you and your family tomorrow. May John rest in peace! Bill Barry, S.J.

Our prayers are with you during these sad days. John will be missed by many, especially his wonderful family of which I feel a part. God bless you all. We will see you tomorrow.
Love, Anne and Chic

Dear Ann & Family,
John was my Rhetoric Lecturer in my BC freshman class of 1950-1951. No other teacher/professor surpassed him in my student life. We crossed paths at a family funeral ten years ago. Not only did he recognize me, he remembered that I was a friend of his cousin.
John's faith, scholarship, love, ease, talent, and devotion were unparalleled.
RIP, Dr. John, with so many other Eagles.
Francis A. Cruise
Cincinnati, OH

A warm and inspiring gentleman who loved friends and family dearly, was a much-loved teacher, a proud Irishman. He leaves us with so many heartwarming memories.
RIP ~ and love to John's family.