PAUL H. MAHONEY

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SWANTON — Paul H. Mahoney went Heavenward from his home with his sister and caregiver nearby, on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.  Paul was born March 28, 1934 in Richmond, Vt.; the beloved son of Mark and Mary (Ross) Mahoney.  When he was eight years old, the family moved to this farm in Swanton, where he remained for the rest of his life.  He attended a one-room-schoolhouse, St. Mary’s School, and St. Anne’s school as a youngster.  After 8th grade, he went to work on our family farm.  He loved all kinds of animals and there wasn’t an animal that didn’t love him back.

Paul was a kind and decent man who loved being outdoors, whether it be farm work, gardening, or hiking many, many miles a day on the Rail Trail.  He loved his literacy class, bingo, bowling with Special Olympics and so much more.

Paul survived many illnesses and near deaths, truly the “comeback kid”.  He did it all for us.  He was concerned about how we would ever get by without him.

He is survived by his sister and caregiver Patricia Messier, Edward (Carol) Mahoney of Swanton, Claire Kane, Willard (Priscilla) Mahoney of Enosburgh, John (Julie) Mahoney of Mena, Ark., Joan (John) Viens of Georgia, Jean Charron of Champlain, N.Y., Thomas (Diane)Mahoney of Fairfield and Patrick (Linda) Mahoney of Milton.  He also leaves many nieces and nephews.  Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers James and Howard Mahoney, brothers-in-law Donald Charron and Donald Kane, and nephew Joey Kane.

The family wishes to give special thanks to Dr. Pamela Pedersen and staff for their expertise, kindnesses and encouragement over the years, NCSS and especially Roxie Comings for the many, many years of dedication, caring and excellent cooperation with Paul’s wishes, and to Home Health for their years of caring and dedication, especially Annett Blanchard from hospice during these last few weeks.  We couldn’t have done it without you. And to the community at large, and you all know who you are, who have helped with “pick-ups”, held doors letting us go first, who have had kind words and smiles of encouragement, who have gone the extra mile for our brother. Thank you.

A time of visitation will be held Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 10 a.m., and funeral service at 11 a.m. in the Brady & Levesque Funeral Chapel.  Interment will follow in the Mahoney family lot in Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Those who wish, may make memorial contributions to the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478, or to the Vermont Special Olympics, 8 Avenue D, Williston, VT 05495.  Online condolences may be sent to his family at the funeral home website: www.bradyandlevesque.com.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home and Commemorative Services.