Obituary of Daniel McMahon
Daniel F. McMahon passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, March 4, 2017, of natural causes. The son of Daniel F. McMahon, Sr. and Honorah Goss, Daniel was born on July 1, 1928.
A graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School in Bronx, NY, he attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree, graduating first in his class, and a Master’s degree. He later served as an adjunct lecturer at John Jay.
He proudly served the people of the City of New York for more than 38 years as a member of the New York City Police Department, where he achieved the rank of Inspector. Among many commands over his tenure, he led the special operations division, which included the bomb squad, missing persons, tactical patrol and major case. An accomplished detective commander, he led the investigations into the “Mutt and Jeff” bank robberies and the bombing of Fraunces Tavern, and the reinvestigation of the Harlem Mosque case. A veteran of the US Army, Daniel served in the Korean Conflict, and was a lifelong member of the 7th Regiment.
In retirement, Daniel served his community as a mentor of youth through the Volunteer Counseling Service and as an instructor of religious education at St. Anthony’s Church, where he served as a lector and was a devout parishioner for more than fifty years.
Among his many robust interests were golf, astronomy, gardening and beekeeping, which he enthusiastically shared with his children and grandchildren.
The single achievement he was proudest of over a long and fulfilling lifetime was his family. He is predeceased by his brother Thomas McMahon of New Windsor, NY; and is survived by his sisters Nona Donovan of Carmel, NY; Joan Ward of Cary, NC; Mary McMahon of New Windsor, NY; and his brother Michael McMahon of Denver, CO; his wife of 61 years, Eleanor of Nanuet, NY; his six children (and their spouses), Maura and Philip DeNicola of Franklin Lakes, NJ; Daniel and Nancy McMahon of Glen Ridge, NJ; Marybeth McMahon of Washington, DC; Judy McMahon and Jim Easley of New York, NY; Paul and Karen McMahon of Bardonia, NY; and Carolyn and James Badenhausen of Glen Ridge, NJ; 17 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Memorial donations can be made to Partners in Health, Good Counsel Homes, or Birthright of Rockland County.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9pm at the Joseph w. Sorce Funeral Home, Inc. in West Nyack. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday at 10am at St. Anthony’s Church in Nanuet. Interment to follow in St. Anthony’s Cemetery.
Joseph W. Sorce FH Inc.
728 West Nyack Rd.
West Nyack, NY 10994