John E. Mahoney passed away on December 16, 2013 at Runnells Specialized Hospital, Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, at the age of 92.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, December 19 at 11:15 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church, 50 Short Hills Rd., Short Hills, NJ. A visitation will be held Wednesday evening, December 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Bradley, Brough & Dangler, 309 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ.
John was born March 25, 1921 in Gloversville, NY. He served in the United States Navy after graduation from Yale College in 1942 with a B.S. in Economics, Pacific theatre-USS Massachusetts, and subsequently received a certificate of transportation from Yale Graduate School. He married Pat Corcoran on July 17, 1947 and together they raised six children, Maireen, Susan, Kevin, Brian, Megan and David.
He worked for the Lackawanna Railroad (DL&W) from 1947 through its merger with Erie in 1960, serving in various capacities including assistant trainmaster, assistant superintendent, superintendent of transportation and assistant to president of research and development. He left the Erie Lackawanna after two years in 1962 and joined The Tri State Regional Planning Commission until 1978 where he most recently served as Director of Mass Transportation. He finished out his career with NJ Transit in rail operation planning and retired in 1988. In 1982 he published the “Railways Atlas of the World”, a series of free-hand sketch maps depicting the world railway system. This remarkable compilation was the culmination of years of research and a gifted, artistic hand.
John and Pat raised their family predominantly in Millburn/Short Hills, NJ and upon retiring, moved to South Orleans, Massachusetts where they enjoyed visiting with friends and family and marveling at Cape Cod’s natural beauty. John loved the outdoors and introduced his family to the Adirondacks of New York state through numerous backpacking, canoeing and skiing trips where he spent so much time as a youth. John was a dedicated volunteer for Meals-On-Wheels for many years in Cape Cod. He was a great father, husband, intellect, humorist, artist, and naturalist and will be missed by many.
John was predeceased by his beloved wife, Pat; sisters, Sally and Mary Helen. He is survived by his brother Jerome, his six children and seven grandchildren, Daniel, Kate, Jack, Linzhi, Matthew, Luke and Grace.