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DANVERS - John A. Mahan Jr., 82, formerly of Beverly, husband of Patricia A. (Orkney) Mahan, passed away at the Masconomet Health Care Center, in Topsfield, following a lengthy illness, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Beverly, he was the son of the late John A. Sr. and Lena (Lyons) Mahan. He was raised and educated in Beverly, and was a graduate of Beverly High School, class of 1953.
Following graduation, he served his country proudly as a member of the U.S. Army. He then went on to become a Beverly police officer.
During his career, John was elected to serve on both the School Committee and Councilor at Large, truly showing his commitment to the City of Beverly that he loved so deeply, and to the people he served and represented.
John made countless friends through his work as a Beverly police officer, with his warm, caring personality, and his sincere interest in the lives of other people. John will be remembered for his kindness and his gentleman approach to life.
A loving and supportive husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, family was his pride and joy. He enjoyed being involved in all of their milestones.
In addition to his wife, with whom he shared 58 years of marriage, he is survived by his three children, Cheryl Doyle, and her husband, Jo,e of Danvers, Steve Mahan, and his wife, Jackie, of Beverly, and Brian Mahan, and his wife, Janet, of Watertown; seven grandchildren, Sean Doyle, of Los Angeles, California, Justin Doyle, of Danvers, Mass., Ryan Mahan, and his wife, Christi, of Beverly, Mass., Connor Mahan, of Swampscott, Mass., Leah (Mahan) Giunta, and her husband, Anthony, of New Port Richey, Alyssa Mahan, of Spring Hill, Florida, and Zachary Mahan, of Watertown Mass.; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Priscilla (Mahan) Brown and Edward Mahan.
His funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 253 Cabot Street, Beverly, Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment in the North Beverly Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to the Masconomet Residence Fund, 123 High St., Topsfield, MA 01983, or Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
Published on February 19, 2018
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