Daniel F. Mahony, age 78,

Daniel F. Mahony

Daniel F. Mahony, age 78, of Bethlehem, PA passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Moravian Village Health Center in Bethlehem, PA.

He was born on September 28, 1938 in Baldwin, NY.  He had resided in Clinton, NJ for 44 years before moving to Bethlehem, PA in January of this year.

He was the son of the late Joseph Vincent and Mary Bettman Mahony.

Daniel was the husband of Kathleen Ibbotson Mahony, celebrating 54 years of marriage.

Dan was a retired History Teacher.  He taught for over 37 years at Bridgewater-Raritan High School,  where he had also served as a football and wrestling coach  for ten years.  Before teaching at BRHS, Dan taught at Lancaster Catholic High School in PA where he pioneered their wrestling program and served as both wrestling and football coach.  Dan also taught and coached at East Patterson High School in Elmwood Park, NJ.

Dan was a sports enthusiast and a true leader.  In high school, he was continually nominated by his peers to be captain of their teams, including football, basketball, and baseball.  Dan also served as captain of the Baldwin Leaders Club.  His senior year, he was named to the first team of the All-Long Island football squad by Long Island News Day.  He went on to play college football while he attended Clarion University in PA, and was again voted by his teammates to be the captain his sophomore through senior years.  He was named to the first team All State Teachers College, All PA College Team, and was nationally ranked at the receiver position. He was inducted into his alma mater’s hall of fame in 2011 for his excellence in football.  Following graduation, Dan played for the Columbia Raiders semi-pro football team.

Dan’s leadership in athletics continued past his coaching career as he went on to officiate wrestling for 28 years.  In 1998, he was the recipient of the Richard Mirshak Award for excellence in officiating.  He was active in the NJ Wrestling Officials Association, serving in many capacities including president of the Union-Essex chapter for 18 years, State Association president for two years, and Secretary for six years, and headed the Association Ethics Committee for six years.  He had also served on the Board of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, NJ Chapter since it’s inception in 2000.  Dan enjoyed running Somerset County wrestling tournaments for many years.  In 2000, he was selected by the NJ Wrestling Coaches Association for induction into the Region V Hall of Fame.  Dan also umpired softball games in Hunterdon County until as recently as last spring.

Dan had a true passion for teaching and a genuine interest in his students.  He was recognized by his fellow teachers when he was voted as Teacher of the Year at Bridgewater-Raritan High School.  In 1997,  he was also awarded recognition as a distinguished teacher by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, having been nominated by one of his students.  In 2001, he was given the Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction Award for exemplary dedication to the field of education.  Dan loved his subject matter and was always thinking of new ways to teach his history lessons.  Even after his retirement, he was asked to come back annually to present his popular lessons on women’s studies and the history of rock and roll and how it shaped the culture of the 1950’s.

Dan was an active community member while he resided in Clinton.  He was recently featured in an article in the Hunterdon Review highlighting his volunteer service to the Parks & Playgrounds Commission, where he served as co-chairman for over 25 years.  He liked to stay physically active as well and was an avid hiker.

Dan was very family oriented.  He enjoyed organizing family reunions and always tried to be present at any major family event.  He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and very large extended family.  Despite having such a large family to keep up with, Dan was always interested and engaged in all of their lives.

Dan is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen and two sons, Daniel F. Mahony Jr. and his wife Laura of Rock Hill, SC and Kevin J. Mahony and his wife Kimberly of Wilson, PA,  one daughter, Marjorie Mahony of Bridgewater, NJ,  three grandchildren, Gavin Mahony, Cassidy Mahony and Elena Mahony,  two step-grandchildren, Mason Chaya and Zac Chaya,  three siblings, Peter Mahony and his wife Bette Lou of Fincastle, VA, Charles Mahony of Clinton Corners, NY, and Kathleen Pierce and her husband Richard of Massapequa Park, NY,  three sisters-in-law, Jeanette Denton of Whitehall, PA, Rose Mahony Skarbek of Milltown, NJ, and Marion Mahony of Delran, NJ, and 48 nieces and nephews.

Dan is predeceased by three brothers, Joseph Mahony, Leo Mahony, and Hugh Mahony and one sister, Mary Rita Myers.

Calling hours will be Friday, May 5, 2017 from 2pm – 4pm and 6pm – 8pm.  Funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 12:30pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.

Memorials can be made to Drexel Neumann Academy, 1901 Potter Street, Chester, PA 19013.