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Gerard Joseph "Gary" Mahoney, 71, of Danvers passed away Monday, January 9, 2017, at Beverly Hospital. He was the husband of Elizabeth "Betty" Collins.
Born in Arlington, Mass., Gary was the son of the late John J. and Elizabeth G. (Crimmins) Mahoney. He was a graduate of Arlington High School, Class of 1963, and received his Bachelors' Degree from Boston College, Class of 1967. After college, Gary joined the U.S. Army serving his country honorably during the Vietnam War. He worked many years as a postal worker in Peabody, Mass., until his retirement.
Gary had many hobbies. His study and understanding of Roman, Napoleonic, and WWII-era military was a lifelong passion. Being both artistic and patient, Gary spent hours painting figurines and building models suitable for museum display. He also enjoyed collecting sports and toy memorabilia. His love of baseball led Gary to watch virtually every Red Sox game he possibly could.
Traveling through Europe with his devoted wife, Betty, brought great joy to Gary’s life. For nearly 40 years, Gary and Betty were side by side, taking care of each other and enjoying the loving life they created together. Their grandchildren brought complete happiness to Gary and watching their many academic and athletic achievements made “Pa” so very proud.
Along with his wife, Betty Collins of Danvers, Gary is survived by his son, Brian Mahoney, Sr. and his wife, Cheryl of Danvers; his daughter, Lynne Gedutis and her husband, Adam, Sr. of Pembroke, Mass.; and his grandchildren, Brian, Jr., Grace, Emily, Caroline, Jessica, and Adam, Jr.
Visiting hours will be held in the Berube & Sons Funeral Home, 191 Lafayette St., Salem, MA on Friday, January 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are also invited to meet at St. Mary's Church, 24 Conant St., Danvers, MA, Saturday at 9 a.m. for a funeral Mass. Burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Army Emergency Relief through www.aerhq.org/Donate or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To send a message to the family, please visit www.BerubeFuneralHome.com.
Published on  January 17, 2017
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