John Mahaney
1932 - 2021
Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Service - Northwest Chapel
1740 Zollinger Road
Columbus, OH
Mahaney, John
1932 - 2021
John Charles "The Chief" Mahaney Jr., age 89, passed away Thursday, July 1, 2021. He was born on April 6, 1932 in Zanesville, Ohio to the late John Charles and Juliana (Gonda) Mahaney Sr. He was a 1950 graduate of St. Thomas High School in Zanesville, Ohio. In 1954, John earned a Bachelor's Degree from Niagara University in New York. He served in the United States Army from 1954-1956, and then served in the Reserves until 1965. John was President and CEO of the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants from 1970 until his retirement in 2013, where he then served as Vice Chairman until his death. John was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, friend, and mentor to many successful people. His two loves in life were The Council and his family. He was a huge sports fan, particularly Bishop Watterson Football, San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Bengals. He was never seen without a cigar. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife Sandy, and brother Jim Mahaney. He will be greatly missed by his children, John (Pam) Mahaney III., Julie (Brian) O'Reilly, and Matthew (Shelley) Mahaney; grandchildren, Michael and Katherine Leahy, and Madeline and Cassandra Mahaney; sisters-in-law, Delores Mahaney, Judy Feucht, and Cynthia Malling; nieces, Nancy Dever and Amy Agger; and nephews, Brian and Brad Beleski. Family will receive friends from 2-5PM on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST, 1740 Zollinger Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10AM on Monday, July 12, 2021 at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1899 McCoy Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220. Private burial at Resurrection Cemetery, Lewis Center, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to Bishop Waterson High School Mahaney Family Scholarship, 99 E. Cooke Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214 or to Niagara University at To share memories or condolences, please visit
Published by The Columbus Dispatch from Jul. 2 to Jul. 10, 2021.
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To Mahaney family.. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.Great memories of him as just a genuine kind human being....He made connections and respected others and lead my example of how to live a good life.He is in Gods hands and is in condolences, Jackie Belcher kreindler.
July 15, 2021
To John's family: May God bless you all during this most difficult time. How lucky were we to have known your wonderful dad and grandfather. A true honor. We wish you peace and will remember you in our prayers.
Frank Courtney and Pegi Gill
July 12, 2021
RIP Chief.
Mick Shoemaker
July 12, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Go Eagles
Leonard Mills
July 11, 2021
John was a part of our family for a very long time. We will miss you John. May you Rest In Peace. Gene will miss your Bengals conversations. Love and Peace to the family. XO Tonya and Gene
Tonya Morris (Marinelli)
July 10, 2021
Chief was a great man. He was beloved by so many and always treated others respectfully. I took care of him for many years at Capital Club and it was always an adventure! Rest in peace Chief you earned it!
Raymond Saunders
July 9, 2021
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