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Rev. Martin J. McMahon Jr., served on East Coast Sept. 7, 1930 -- Feb. 14, 2009

The Rev. Martin Joseph McMahon Jr. of Buffalo, a priest who served at churches along the East Coast including two on Buffalo's West Side, died Saturday in Sisters Hospital. A member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Father McMahon was 78.

A Buffalo native, he attended St. Stephen's grade school and Holy Angels Collegiate Institute for high school.

Father McMahon attended Our Lady of Hope Seminary in Newburgh and Oblate College.

He made his perpetual vows in Essex and was ordained to the priesthood in 1956 by Bishop Jeremiah Minihan in Milton, Mass.

Father McMahon held positions at numerous churches throughout the Eastern United States, beginning in 1958, though he began his service as chaplain at the Columbus State Hospital in Ohio.

His years as a priest took him to churches in Vermont, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida, including several where he served as pastor.

He returned to his native Western New York twice. From 1988 to 2002, Father McMahon served as associate pastor at Holy Angels Church.

And from 2005 to the present, he served as parochial vicar at Annunciation Church and, later, at the Our Lady of Hope Church that formed from a merger of parishes.

Survivors include two brothers, Andrew T. and Vincent; and a sister, Patricia.

A vigil service will be offered at 6 p.m. today in Our Lady of Hope Church, Lafayette Avenue at Grant Street. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 7 p.m. Monday in the church.

[S/WATSON]

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