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John J. Mahoney

Beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend;


John J. “Jack” Mahoney, 90, of Largo, Florida, but for many years a resident of the Pawtucketville section of Lowell, MA and later North Andover, MA, passed away peacefully in Florida on Friday September 17, 2021, with his family by his side.

He was the loving husband of the late Mary Ellen (O’Connell) Mahoney. Previously, he was the husband of the late Marjorie (Corcoran) Mahoney.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 10, 1931, the son of the late John J. and the late Eileen (Beedy) Mahoney. John attended St. Patrick Grammar School and was a graduate of Keith Academy Class of 1948. He went on to graduate from Merrimack College in 1953 and then received his Master’s in Social Work from Boston College in 1955.

John proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army.

Prior to his second retirement, John was the Director of Shelter Resources for Community Teamwork of Lowell. Previously, he retired from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where he worked for over 30 years and was serving as the Regional Administrator of Transitional Living during his final years there.

An enthusiastic Boston sports fan, especially the Red Sox and the Patriots, John also had a passion for playing golf and an occasional night out for Karaoke. However, his greatest joy was spending time with family. He loved to share stories, travel to new destinations and extend a helping hand to all throughout the years.

He is survived by three daughters Mary Jo Santoro and her partner Jimmy Sampson of Largo, FL, Karen Gurney and her husband Barry of Newport, North Carolina and Allison Chasse and her partner Neil Murphy of Dracut, MA; two sons David Mahoney and his wife Lisa of St. Augustine, FL and Thomas Mahoney of Sunset Beach, CA; twelve grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

John was the father of the late Kevin Mahoney and brother of the late Richard P. Mahoney, the late James Mahoney, the late Mary Lou Wilder and the late Elizabeth “Betty” Bohenko.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL on Tuesday September 28, 2021, from 3 to 7 P.M. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Wednesday morning at ST. RITA CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at  Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Condolences (4)
  • Cindy and Katie Glosser  - Our condolences
    Dear Mary Jo, So sorry to hear of ‘Papa John’s’ passing. He was a kind and friendly man with nice stories about his life. We hope you are holding up well and have lots of support from family and friends. We miss you here on Chestnut Cicle Take care, Cindy and Katie Glosser
  • Kathleen h west
    In these last four years that we shared our lives together we talked about the end of life when we would be with the Lord. You went to mass every day and was allowed to bring me the eucharist so we could share receiving the Christ. Your kindness and empathy and compassion toward me and all others was beyond compare. There wasn't a man or woman or child who didn't benefit from your generous ways toward them with your arms wide open and your wallet always ready to be shared. We have gained so much by knowing you and your ability and knowledge of how to treat your fellow man. Rest in peace in heaven with the love of everybody who has known you. My love always
  • Kathleen h west  - Partner
    Rest in peace my dearest. Loved you then, loved you still, always have, always will. Our partnership was blessed by God and now you are in his loving hands, where I will be joined with you once again.
  • Gary Gagnon  - Gary & Debbie Gagnon - Memories and Prayers
    Jack, While delivering elegies for family members and friends, you focused on the positive and viewed death in the context of a celebration of life. While we strive to do the same, it is difficult with your passing and doesn’t make our personal loss any less painful/impactful. Uncle Jake you are one of a kind and will missed by all who were fortunate enough to be part of your life.
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