Barney Will Be Fondly Remembered By Many

Posted: September 17, 2008 in Uncategorized

Courtesy of the Terre Haute Tribune-Star: (Click HERE to visit full obituary, which includes guest book, etc.)

Bernard J. “Barney” McMahon of Terre Haute died peacefully at his home Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008. He was 87. He retired in 1987, after 35 years of service at the Wabash Fibre Box Division of Weston Paper and Manufacturing Company in Terre Haute.Bernard was born July 30, 1921, in Chicago, to Bernard W. McMahon and Annie Clarke McMahon, both of whom immigrated from Ireland in the early 1900s. He graduated from Leo High School and attended the University of Arizona on a football scholarship, before enlisting in the armed forces and proudly serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He began his career at Weston’s Chicago plant before transferring to Terre Haute in 1961, ending his career as vice president and general manager of the Terre Haute plant and a director of Weston Paper.He served as a director of the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce from 1976 to 1978, and actively represented the business community in Junior Achievement. He was a member for many years of the Country Club of Terre Haute, where he was an active supporter of the Evans Caddie Scholarship Foundation. He enjoyed mentoring young people and Barney’s handshake was his bond.He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Kathleen O’Mara McMahon; daughter, Kathleen and husband Mark Chinn of Medford, N.J.; son, Kevin McMahon and wife Jennifer of Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.; son, Vincent McMahon and wife Maryanne of Avon; and grandchildren, Ryan, Christopher and Connor Chinn of Medford, N.J.; Madeline, Peter, Margaret and Matthew McMahon of Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.; and Kateland and Keegan McMahon of Avon. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Rita, Margaret and brother, James W. McMahon, and sisters, Eileen DeShetler, Frances McManus and Josephine Costello.The wake will be Thursday, Sept. 18, at St. Benedict Catholic Church from 4 to 7 p.m., with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be Friday at 12:05 p.m. at St. Benedict Catholic Church, 119 S. Ninth St., with the Rev. Philip T. Bowers and Rev. Joel Burget presiding. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Callahan and Hughes Funeral Home, 605 S. 25th St. Memorial contributions may be made to Leo High School Scholarship Fund, 7901 S. Sangamon, Chicago, IL 60620; or to the Wilmer Institute for Macular Degeneration at Johns Hopkins University, 600 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore, MD 21287; or to Hospice of the Wabash Valley, 400 Eighth Ave. Terre Haute, IN 47804; or to the charity of your choice.

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