Thomas Francis Mahoney

Hillside, New Jersey


Hillside, New Jersey


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Thomas Francis Mahoney, 91, of Union, N.J., passed away on Monday, June 3, 2013. The visitation will be on Thursday, June 6, 2013, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Growney Funeral Home (, 1070 N. Broad St., Hillside, N.J. Tom served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was present at the attack on Pearl Harbor and participated in major battles of the Pacific. He spent many years speaking to civic groups and schools to recount his experiences and to honor all veterans. Tom helped to establish the Union Township and Union County monuments to Pearl Harbor, as well as having a Turnpike extension named after the event. Most of his working life was spent in theater as a grip, a master electrician, and master carpenter. He then worked as an electrician at Kean University. In 2013, Tom received the Distinguished Service Medal from the State of New Jersey. Tom was a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Inc., and president of Chapter 2 in New Jersey, and also a member of V.F.W. Michael A. Kelly Post 433 and the American Legion/Connecticut Farms Post No. 35 of Union, N.J. He was also a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the USS O'Bannon Shipmates Association and Tin Can Sailors Inc., and an honorary member of V.F.W. Post 1333 of Asbury Park, N.J. He was a participant of the Rutgers Oral History Archive. He was the beloved husband of Claire B. (nee Baunlein) Mahoney; devoted father of Kathleen Shepherd and her husband, James, and Laura Mahoney, and is also survived by a grandson, Peter Shepherd. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated in his memory to the Friends of Union Military Park, for the construction of the Thomas Mahoney Union Military Park, which will be dedicated in November 2013, c/o VFW, P.O. Box 331, Union, N.J. 07083.

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I had the privilege of performing at two commemoration ceremonies for Tom Mahoney. I never realized that he served at both Pearl Harbor and at Guadalcanal. It was my honor to commemorate him. Rest in Peace and thanks for all you did so we may have.
Gilda Healy

I just learned of Tom's passing, many months later. He sometimes played golf with me, Tom Ghuzzie and Vinny Kursawe. We read about him every Pearl Harbor Day. I am 90 now and have lost many old friends. He has done great work and is missed. Frank "Red"Koehler

New Jersey General Assembly 68th Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance

Tom Mahoney was a good friend to veterans and those who remember and honor them. Rest in peace, my old friend! If anyone wishes to watch Tom talk about his 3 years on a ship in the Pacific, I have it.

Our country is a free country because of men like Thomas Mahoney, a true American hero. God Bless his soul.

The office of Union County Cardiology is sadden to hear of the passing of Mr. Mahoney.

Rest in Peace to a true friend and American Hero.
The Knolmajer Family

Rest in Peace...Brother

Mike Rapolas - Vietnam 68'-71'

Uncle Tommy was a very special, kind, loving man who was passionate about his family and his country. He will be greatly missed.