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Former Falls Church Resident McMahon Served in the Navy, Loved Music

(Courtesy Photo)
Thomas F. McMahon, Jr. (Courtesy Photo)

AYER, Mass. – Thomas F. McMahon, Jr., 90, of Ayer and formerly of Calabash, NC and Falls Church died Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley in Littleton, Mass.

He was born in Uniontown, Pa. on July 24, 1924, a son of the late Thomas F. and Margaret E. (O’Brien) McMahon.

Thomas was a WWII veteran serving with the U.S. Navy in both the Asiatic Pacific and the European theaters before his honorable discharge in 1946. He was extremely proud of his military service and was active in the American Legion as well as the Veterans of Foreign Wars organizations.

Thomas worked as an operating engineer throughout his life. He managed office complexes in the Washington, D.C. area until his retirement from Gilbane Corporation in 1989.

A lifelong fan of the Washington Redskins, Thomas shared his love of football with his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed boating and fishing, spending much of his leisure time with family on lakes in the Northern Virginia area and on the Chesapeake Bay. Thomas will be remembered for his love of music – holding his own on the dance floor well into his eighties and regularly entertaining family, friends, and the Life Care Center community with his spontaneous renditions of 1940s classics.

Thomas was a devoted father and grandfather. He’s survived by a son, Thomas F. McMahon, III and his wife Joanne of South Orange, NJ; a daughter, Margaret M. Bragg of Ayer, Mass.; a brother, Harry J. McMahon of Calabash, NC; a granddaughter, Jocelyn M. Brough and her husband Scott, of Leominster, Mass.; a grandson, Jesse S. Bragg of Malden, Mass., as well as several nephews and nieces. He is predeceased by his wife Irene H. (Csmerka) McMahon, a son-in-law, Jonathan V. Bragg and a brother, Vincent McMahon.

His funeral will be held on Saturday Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. in the Anderson and Son Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Road, Ayer, Mass. Burial will take place at a later date in the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. There are no calling hours.

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