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MAHONEY--William P. "Bill" Of New Canaan CT, died April 30 at the age of 55 years following a brief illness. He was born in Portland, ME on October 24, 1957 to William D. and Ellen Marie (Lucas) Mahoney, the eldest son and second of five children. He graduated from South Portland High School in 1976 and received a bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science from Boston College in 1980. In the mid-1980s Bill moved to New York, where he pursued his interest in business and finance. In 1993 he relocated to Sydney, Australia and worked in funds management at Bankers Trust Australia, where he went on to serve as Executive Vice President and Head of Business Development for BT Funds Management, LTD, and was a Managing Director of Bankers Trust Company. In 1998 he returned to the United States and was an equity partner at Bridgewater Associates, LP, where he was Executive Director of Business Development. During his tenure, Bridgewater Associates became the largest hedge fund in the United States. He left Bridgewater in 2007 and founded MBRO Capital, LLC, a private investment partnership which specialized in real estate investment and provided capital to start-up and early stage businesses. As managing member of MBRO, Bill pursued investments in novel and socially conscious businesses. He was an early and generous supporter of President Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, traveling throughout the country encouraging others to support Mr. Obama's promising agenda. He served on the national finance committee for the presidential campaign, and was a major supporter of the inaugural activities of 2009 and 2013. Bill married Alice Bartlett in 1993, and they have two daughters, Josephine and Virginia. Of Bill's many accomplishments in life, none gave him greater joy than his family. With Alice and the girls he traveled the world, climbed several of the world's tallest mountains, pursued philanthropic interests, and was an unforgettable friend to many around the world. He was the best man in eight weddings. Dozens claimed that he was their best friend. Bill often said that he wished to be remembered simply as one who valued and practiced simple human kindness. His generosity was unrivaled, and he never gave expecting recognition or even thanks. Instead, he gave with the understanding that the recipient would accept the gift with the obligation to use it to make a better life for himself or another. His philanthropy offered opportunity and fostered independence. Having been raised on the Maine coast, Bill never got the sea out of his blood. He and his family spent summers at Watch Hill, RI, in a home which he designed and furnished. He was in his element at the helm of his boat, "Platypus," navigating the New England coast with family and friends. Giving back and sharing their good fortune was extremely important to Bill and Alice. Their many charitable interests include educational foundations, scholarship opportunities for underprivileged students, the Wounded Warrior Campaign, international relief agencies, and many others. Bill expressed a wish that memorial contributions be made in his name to the Blossom Hill Foundation and to Reach Prep. Services will be private. A celebration of life is planned for early June.

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Published in New York Times on May 5, 2013.
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May 24, 2013
Our deepest prayers and condolences to the Mahoney family. I had only seen Bill twice since college but his spirit was timeless. Tim & Tara Poulin
Tim Poulin
May 22, 2013
Dear Alice, and Family,

Bill was an original and remains an inspiration to me for his determined enthusiasm, generosity, intelligence and courage.

During his years at Bankers Trust in Australia, he was a terrific friend, boss, mentor and most engaging dinner companion. As a story-teller and observer of people, Bill was without peer.

It was a privilege to have known him, worked with him and for him. He will be greatly missed. Alix Ballard
Alexandra Ballard
May 20, 2013
Dear Alice and family,Bill was one of the most inspiring people I have worked with and I still apply the things he taught me. He was second to none in putting a great team together and leading from the front. I can still clearly remember some of the funny stories he used to tell us over a beer at Level 5 of the Wentworth Hotel in Sydney, where he held court almost every Friday after work in the late 90's. Bill was a truly great guy and I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. My sincere condolences to all the Mahoney family.
Chuak Chan
May 9, 2013
My thoughts and best wishes go to the Mahoney family. Bill was successful in so many ways. I hope your fond memories will bring some peace to you.
John Powers
May 9, 2013
May fond memories give you peace...
Kim Dennison Ferrell
May 8, 2013
Our prayers and sympathies are with the entire Mahoney family. Jim, Bill was your brother and perhaps more importantly, he was a best friend. You had great times together and those memories will last. My thoughts are with you. Andrea and Wayne
Wayne Powell
May 8, 2013

We will always remember Bill for his perpetually cheery, generous and enthusiastic personality, but what is seared in my memory is how he lit up when he was around his three girls.
My heart goes out to you, Alice, JoJo and Virginia,
Sending you all our love
Min Ian Adelaide Emma and Sophie
Min Darling
May 7, 2013
Dear Alice and Family,

We are truly saddened to hear about the loss of a truly great guy.. Bill was the complete package in a person. Lots of great memories, I think all of them hilarious, with Bill leading the pack in tears of laughter telling a story.
Anthony & Natalie Fasso
May 7, 2013
Diane and I both send our deepest sympathies, plus our thoughts & prayers at this most difficult time. May Jim, Michelle, Fran & Ella take comfort in the memories, generosity and love of their beloved Bill.
John & Diane Kirby
May 7, 2013
Dear Ellen,
You and your family are all in my thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. In his peace, Robin Clark
May 7, 2013
Our deepest sympathies,prayers,and condolences to all the Mahoney family for your loss of Bill. All our love Scott & Barb Keller, Scarborough, Maine.
May 7, 2013
To the Mahoney family. My heartfelt sympathies. Growing up in the neighborhood, with like minded parents, we always admired your family. Kindness, respect and the importance of education. This all shined through Billy.
Roberta Kayatta
May 7, 2013
All those who worked with Bill on the first McKernan campaign in 1982 will rmember what fun he was - he kept everyone laughing - I cannot think about him with breaking into a huge smile - a great impact to have on people Sharon Miller
May 7, 2013
Peace and comfort to you Kathleen and all of your family.
Dan Lunt
May 7, 2013
Ellen and family,
Please accept my condolence. Your family and ours were great friends while I was growing up. Your memories of Billy will always make you smile and comfort you.
Skip Cadigan
Skip Cadigan
May 6, 2013
As kids, our families grew up next door to each other on Little Sebago Lake. Bill was a wonderful friend, always smiling and kind. From our family to your....blessings The Martin's
Lisa Martin
May 6, 2013
To the entire Mahoney family,our deepest condolences.Bill was so compassionate and kind to our family when he came to Jackson Hole,Wyoming in our time of grief with the passing of our brother Dick. We will be forever grateful. There is something so special about that whole BC gang of 1980.Their enduring friendship,love for each other as well as extended famalies is precious and enviable. We know that they will be a great source of comfort.Truly,traits of great character and Bill was one of the best.
You are all in our prayers. John,Muffie,Bitsy,Judy,Bill and Tom Jennings
May 6, 2013
I was a classmate of Bill's at South Portland High School. I will always remember Bill for his smile and his joy in making others happy. He is a kind soul and I am glad to have known him. My sympathies to his family. May you find comfort in the gift of love he gave you all.
Laurie Littlejohn
May 6, 2013
Bill was truly one of life's good guys, and we felt honoured to be counted amongst Bill and Alice's friends. He will be sadly missed.
Steve and Niki Knight
May 5, 2013
My prayers go out to Bill's family. I went to school with Bill from elementary through high school....
May 5, 2013
Bill was such a terrific young man to have as a student and as a runner.Thoughts and prayers go out to the Mahoney family.
Mike Towle
May 5, 2013
"Mitzu" (his Sumo wrestling moniker) was not only the life of the party; for his close-knit group of high school friends, he was the life of life itself. I am blessed to have had him for a friend.
Steve Peaslee
May 5, 2013
My cousin and a mentor in my teens - showing me how some things are done and also how not to do some things - but most importantly sharing his time and life with me and opening my eyes and heart to having joy in all you do. Life is too short but I believe he had a good one. Much love to the Mahoney family and extended family around the world during this time of grieving.
Moriah Mahoney
May 5, 2013
Bill was a classmate and neighbor of mine from Elementary School through High School. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. So many memories come to mind when his name is mentioned. Most recent was our last class reunion. So grateful that I was able to enjoy his presence at all the events. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
Carrie Whitworth
May 5, 2013
My sincere condolences to Bill's family. Your loss is immense and unfathonable.
Bill was a neighbor & classmate of mine in South Portland, Maine. It was a wonderful surprise to see Bill at our class reunion last August. He was looking happy & healthy, as funny & sassy as ever! I will remember him that way. God bless your family. Let the memories Bill created with you, sustain you in the future.
Marcia Hill
May 5, 2013
Billy was my cousin, we had lost touch really as grown ups but our mothers kept us informed of high lights in our lives, have childhood memories, God bless.
May 5, 2013
Hard to believe and so very, very sad. Fond memories of BC and beyond. Sending heartfelt prayers of support to Alice and the girls.
Mary Larkin
May 5, 2013
Billy was my cousin, our mothers were sisters, we shared may Thanksgivings day memories. my mom kept us all up to date on what was new in his life, as I am sure his mother kept him up to date on ours, it grieves me to learn that he has passed on, but I know that he will be there waiting when my turn comes Niru Ckarj Bromfield
May 5, 2013
I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your husband. May it bring you comfort to know that Bill touched so many lives. It is truly honorable when someone lives their life to help others. May it comfort you to know that God fully understands the pain that comes with loss. He will provide relief for your family. (1 John 3:20)
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