Jack and Eleanor Mahoney
Eleanor (Davis) Mahoney, 79, of Lincoln, died peacefully following a long illness on July 9 at the Sunrise Assisted Living Facility in Weston. She was the cherished wife for nearly 60 years of the late John D. Mahoney, 82, who passed away on June 12 at the Massachusetts General Hospital following a brief illness (see below). They were residents of Lincoln since 1970.
Born on March 25, 1938 and raised in Waterbury, Conn., Eleanor was the daughter of the late Russell and Eleanor (Reihl) Davis. She attended the University of Connecticut before marrying John and completing her bachelor’s degree in art from Wellesley College.
A passionate artist from an early age,Eleanor was devoted to educating others about her knowledge in sculpture, watercolor painting, and most of all, ceramics. Beginning in the 1970s, she taught at Rivers School in Weston, the deCordova Museum in Lincoln, the Danforth Museum School of Framingham, and Camp Nonesuch in Weston.
John Mahoney, a retired real estate attorney, was born in Boston on February 18, 1935, the son of the late Cornelius and Elizabeth (Kane) Mahoney. He grew up in the Allston/Brighton area and was a graduate of Boston University School of Law and practiced at the firm of Goldstein, Mahoney & Levin in Boston prior to his retirement.
John was a talented athlete who qualified for the 1956 U.S. Olympic Team in speed skating. His agility allowed him to participate in barrel jumping, a difficult feat in the sport. He was the founder of the Friends of Boston University Hockey and also initiated the New England Junior Hockey League. He also represented the league for the 1980 Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs. In 1970, he built the Olympia Ice Center in Springfield, Mass. John was also a lifelong, avid golfer and a member of Wayland Country Club.
Survivors of the Mahoneys include two sons, Reihl Mahoney and his wife Sheryl of Lexington, and Squire Mahoney and his wife Pam of Douglas; their grandchildren, Jack, Alec, and Sabrina Mahoney, all of Lexington; and Eleanor’s brother, Russell Davis of Waterbury, Conn.
A celebration of Eleanor and John’s lives is planned for September with family and friends.
Eugene Rapperport died on July 12 at the age of 87. He was an MIT metallurgist who built Lincoln house designed by Lucy, his wife of 67 years. Click here for the full obituary and click here to make an entry into the guestbook.