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Edward J. McMahon, retired county Social Services worker


Nov. 27, 1928 – Oct. 10, 2016

Edward Joseph McMahon. of North Buffalo, a retired travel agent and Erie County Department of Social Services worker, died Monday in Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a long illness. He was 87.

Born in Buffalo, he attended Bennett High School, playing guard and linebacker on the football team. He graduated a year early so he could serve with his brothers in the military in World War II, but he changed his plans when the war ended and he accepted a football scholarship to Canisius College instead.

He was a member of the 1948 Golden Griffins football team that played in the Great Lakes Bowl, the college’s only post-season football appearance. The team was inducted into the Canisius College Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

After graduating from college, he enlisted in the Air Force and served as a navigator during the Korean War. While stationed in Germany, he met an American teacher, the former Marjorie Dehan, who was teaching children of American servicemen. They were married in 1956.

Returning to Buffalo, Mr. McMahon took a job with Moore Business Forms.

In the early 1960s, he worked for British Overseas Airways Corp. before starting his own travel agency, Around and About Inc. Both jobs enabled him to travel the world extensively.

He then worked for the county Social Services Department in the Home Energy Assistance Program, retiring in 1998.

His wife, a second-grade teacher for many years at St. Rose of Lima School, died in 2014.

Survivors include a daughter, Moira; four sons, Kevin, Michael, John and Timothy; a brother, Donald; and nine grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 500 Parker Ave. at Parkside Avenue.


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