In memory of
Dr. William M. Mahoney
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In memory of
Dr. William M. Mahoney
Dr. William M. Mahoney, 96 HARRISON - Dr. William M. Mahoney, born Oct. 19, 1920, passed away on April 15, 2017, of natural causes. Bill was born and raised in West Bridgewater, Mass., the son of Francis and Margret (May) Mahoney. He was married to Ruth (Anderson) Mahoney in 1945, until her passing in 1996. Bill was a career educator. He received his bachelor's degree from Bridgewater State University, and both a master's and doctorate in public school administration from Boston University. He began his teaching career in Norton, Mass., and while there assumed the roles of school principal and then school superintendent. He went on to serve as school superintendent for the towns of Glastonbury, Conn.; and Hingham, Mass.; before retiring. During his working years, Bill also was a consultant to the American-Nicaraguan School in Managua, Nicaragua, and to the U.S. Department of State for staff development with the Overseas School of Administrators from Eastern Europe in Bucharest, Romania. He instructed in grad-uate level programs at Rhode Island College, Bridgewater State University and Northeastern University. He was a member of numerous professional organiza-tions, including the New England School Superintendents' Association, the American Asso-ciation of School Personnel Administrators, the Harvard Super-intendents' Roundtable, and the New England Association of School Curriculum and Development. Upon retiring, Bill and Ruth moved from their home in Hingham, Mass., to Harrison, where he continued to work as a consultant for the New England School Development Council for a number of years. In 1982, he was a recipient of the American Association of School Administrators "Distinguished Ser-vice" award. In Maine, Bill was active in his local community and church. He also began to collect and sell vintage guitars. Having played in jazz bands as a young man, Bill had a lifelong love for Big Band jazz swing music, and the music of Chet Atkins and Les Paul. He was an auction aficionado, regularly attending local auctions in pursuit of vintage instruments and that occasional "hidden treasure in the attic." Bill was a fan of all sports, but especially loved the Boston Red Sox. And throughout his adult life, Bill enjoyed renovating and working on old houses. Of greatest importance to Bill was his family. He was blessed with five children, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved them all and was loved in return. Bill is survived by his five children, Kathy Closson and husband John, of Wiscasset; Alice Bell and husband Rick, of Plymouth, Mass.; Dan Mahoney and wife Tammy, of Kingston, N.H.; Ann Petroska and husband Phil, of Harrison; and Tim Mahoney and wife Maria, of Abington, Mass.; and his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends. Bill was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Ruth A. Mahoney; his parents; his sister Lucille; and his brother Robert. A memorial service will be held at the Congregational Church on 77 Main St. in Harrison, on Saturday, April 22, at 11 a.m., followed by a reception on the church premises. A service will take place Sunday, April 23, in West Bridgewater, Mass., at the Pine Hill Cemetery on 483 N. Main St., West Bridgewater, Mass., at noon; with a reception to follow immediately after at the Winslowe's View Meeting House, located on 103 Winslowe's View in Plymouth, Mass. Online condolences may be left for the family at: . Memorial donations may be made, to benefit a Hingham High School senior who has chosen to pursue a career in teaching, to the Dr. William M. Mahoney Scholarship Fund c/o TD Bank 2 Market Crossing Plymouth, MA 02360 Account Number 8374890909
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