Michael Mahoney

Michael Alphonsus Mahoney, Jr. died Sunday October 12, 2008 surrounded by his immediate family in loving care and comfort. He was a wonderful and devoted husband, father and friend and will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 43 years Harriet Rohrman Mahoney, and three children: Michael Alphonsus III and wife Christina, of Short Beach, CT, David Scott and wife Christine, of Chicago, and Tara Kristin Mahoney of Manhattan. He’s also survived by his sister Susanne Shuman and husband Norman of Ocean City, NJ and Delray Beach, FL; Nephew Richard Carl Pepperman II and wife Elizabeth and their three children of Manhattan; Niece Jennifer Pepperman and husband George Shea and their two children of Brooklyn; Niece Victoria “De Mare” Pepperman of Los Angeles; and Sister-in-law Roberta Rohrman Weis of Winter Park, FL.
Mike retired after 32 years as a sales executive from Kraft General Foods Corporation of White Plains, NY, and was with United States Smokeless Tobacco Company (UST) of Stamford, CT, at the time of his death. He loved his work and had no plans for permanent retirement. At the end of his career, he enjoyed the friendship of his colleagues, and his ability to mentor the younger people around him. He oversaw UST’s recent success in the market, leading to its pending acquisition by Altria Group.
Mike was born in Camden, NJ March 23, 1944, son of Michael Alphonsus and Marie Joan Mahoney, themselves born of first generation Irish immigrants. His father, known as “Al” was successful in the clothing trade of 1900’s Philadelphia. His mother a Flapper and matriarch of the family served as guidepost throughout his life. Marie was one of thirteen children, Al a son who led his family at seventeen after the death of his mother Susannah.
Mike was the first son in his family to attend college and earned a bachelor degree from Temple University and achieved an MBA from Pace University, at night while working at General Foods. He enjoyed summer vacations throughout his life in Ocean City, NJ and was happiest on a beach chair on the Jersey shore with waves crashing over his feet.  Mike always took his wife Harriet to special places, among which was Bermuda, their anniversary home. His career and family supported a life that moved him from his native Philadelphia upbringing to posts throughout the United States, including Chicago, Washington, DC, and frequently and ultimately Connecticut.
Services are Thursday, October 16, 11:00 am at Jesse Lee United Methodist Church, Ridgefield, with reception to follow there immediately.  Our family thanks the staff of Danbury Hospital 11th Floor Oncology and Regional Hospice for the outstanding care you provided. We also sincerely appreciate the support of Jesse Lee’s Pastors Bill Pfohl and Debbi Mygatt.
Memorial contributions to Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, 207 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877 would be appreciated.

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