Dr. William M. Mahoney
Dr. William M. Mahoney of Harrison, Maine, born October 19, 1920 passed away on April 15 2017 of natural causes. Bill was born and raised in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, 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 Bachelors degree from Bridgewater State University, and both a Masters and Doctorate in public school administration from Boston University. He began his teaching career in Norton, Massachusetts 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, Connecticut and Hingham, Massachusetts before retiring. During his working years, Bill was also 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 graduate level programs at Rhode Island College, Bridgewater State University and Northeastern University. He was a member of numerous professional organizations including the New England School Superintendents Association, the American Association of School Personnel Administrators, the Harvard Superintendents Roundtable, and the New England Association of School Curriculum and Development. Upon retiring, Bill and Ruth moved from their home in Hingham, Massachusetts to Harrison, Maine 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 Service 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, Maine, Alice Bell and husband Rick of Plymouth, Mass., Dan Mahoney and wife Tammy of Kingston, N.H., Ann Petroska and husband Phil of Harrison, Maine, Tim Mahoney and wife Maria of Abington, Mass., and his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends. Bill was pre-deceased 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 Street in Harrison, Maine on Saturday, April 22, at 11 a.m. followed by a reception on the church premises. A service will take place on Sunday, April 23, in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts at the Pine Hill Cemetery on 483 N. Main St., West Bridgewater, MA at 12 p.m. with a reception to follow immediately after at the Winslowes View Meeting House located on 103 Winslowes View in Plymouth, MA. Memorial donations may be made to the Dr. William M. Mahoney Scholarship Fund at TD Bank on 2 Market Crossing, Plymouth, MA 02360, account number 8374890909. The scholarship will benefit a Hingham High School senior who has chosen to pursue a career in teaching. Online condolences may be left for the family at hallfuneralhome.net .
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