In Memory

Mark Mahoney

MAHONEY, Mark Roch Of Duxbury, died on October 26th, 2012, at the Jordan Hospital at the age of 63. He is survived by his beloved wife Ilene Horvitz of Duxbury, his mother Dorothy "Rocky" (Roch) Mahoney of Needham, his brother Dennis Mahoney and his wife Judy of Wheaton, IL; and his sisters Sheila Friswell and her husband Don of Natick and Norah Xenos and her husband Don of Westborough. Son of the late John T. Mahoney and brother of the late Kate Mahoney Curtsinger. He also leaves his nieces and nephews: Justin and Owen Curtsinger, Jessica and Sarah Friswell; Andrew and Gregory Xenos; John Mahoney and his wife Allyson, Grant Mahoney, Rose Mahoney and her fiance Steven Anthony.

Mark was born in Duxbury and graduated from Needham High School, Boston University and Duke University where he received his Master's degree in Political Science. He was active in Duxbury town government where he served as the Chairman of the Conservation Commission and on the Finance Committee for several years. Mark was an avid antique duck decoy collector and enjoyed Irish music, playing the Irish whistle and concertina.

A funeral service will be held on Monday October 29th at the First Parish Church in Duxbury at 1 PM followed by burial at the Mayflower Cemetery in Duxbury. There are no visiting hours. Arrangements made by the Richard Davis Funeral Homes of Plymouth and Manomet. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Wildlands Trust of South Eastern Mass, 165 West St, Duxbury, MA 02332 or to Congregation Shirat Hayam, P.O. Box 2727, Duxbury, MA 02331. Shiva hours will be from 6:00-8:00PM Tuesday, October 30, and Wednesday, October 31. 


Mark's widow, Ilene, sent me this information about Mark that she wanted his classmates to see.

Susan Solomon

This was written in the local paper by a woman serving with him on the Duxbury Finance Committee

Mark Mahoney

On October 26th, Duxbury lost one of its brightest lights when Mark Mahoney passed away.  Mark had been Chairman of the Conservation Commission and served nearly 3 terms (8 years) on the Finance Committee.  He balanced these town commitments while carrying a heavy professional load and leading a rich personal life.

The Finance Committee is fundamentally about setting priorities, and Mark had great priorities.  In the years I overlapped with him on FinComm, I can safely say that no significant discussion we had was closed until Mark weighed in.  The intellectual content of his contributions to the discourse was invaluable.  His views, while always open to modification by a good counter argument, came from a thoughtful and careful perspective.  He asked good questions, the right questions, the hard questions.  While listening to him speak, I frequently wondered if it felt good or scary to so often be the smartest person in the room.

I am sure I speak for all my FinComm colleagues when I say we are incredibly fortunate that Mark was a person who chose to find the time and space to share his talent with Duxbury.  His absence leaves a big hole; we will miss him greatly.

Gay Shanahan

This note I received from Mark’s boss at the EPA

"I want to draw your attention to a new OES annual award just approved by the OES Awards Board and OES managers: the Mark Mahoney Environmental Stewardship Award. The purpose is to honor Mark, remember him, and encourage others to aspire to the qualities and accomplishments he represented. This award is open to individuals OES-wide, and we encourage nominations as part of the FY12 process described by Ira (- the Deputy Regional Administrator) below.

The Mark Mahoney Environmental Stewardship Award

This memorial award, initiated in 2012, is given annually to an OES employee who best exemplifies the qualities Mark's colleagues admired and treasured in him: vision and insight in understanding issues and framing ways to address them; listening, collaborative and persuasive abilities in uniting disparate interests to work toward true and practical solutions; and consistent respect and kindness in mentoring and partnering with individual colleagues."

I hope you and your family get some gratification from knowing how much of an impact ark had on us and what a role model he was.