John Mahoney

Obituary of John Joseph Mahoney

John Joseph Mahoney Jr., 68, died the 8th of February at Tucson Medical Center, after a brief illness. A celebration of life will be held at the Highlands Clubhouse in Dove Mountain from 4-8pm on Friday March 17th. We invite friends and business associates to pay their respects, say goodbye and share in a parting glass.

John (Jack) was born on December 18, 1954, in Winchester, Massachusetts. The son of John J Mahoney Sr. and Janet Marie (Murphy). Jack grew up in Woburn and Stoneham, Massachusetts. Jack worked primarily as a salesman, working in automotive dealerships as a young man and moving into industrial equipment sales. He was a co-owner of 2 NAPA stores, before moving to Tucson and back to Business-to-Business sales. In Tucson he worked at Home Depot, Truly Nolan, San Plumbing, NAPA, Factory Motor Parts, TCI, Oracle Ford and Fleet Discount Tires. He found success in sales because of his joy in meeting people and talking with them to find common interests. Many people he considers friends today, started out as potential sales leads, turned into weekly sales visits and into friendships with shared hobbies, mostly revolving around cars. Raising our daughters, I recall a time when he struck up a conversation with a stranger in a Radio Shack and my daughter was maybe 4 or 5, and she asked if daddy knew the man. I said no he didn’t, and she said you’re not supposed to talk to strangers, smart girl. We told her with daddy there are no strangers, there are just friends he hasn’t met yet.

He was a devoted husband and father and is survived by his wife of 35 years Ruth Richard-Mahoney, and 3 daughters: Shannon Mahoney and her spouse Donnie Goss Jr., Shelby Mahoney-Stone and her husband Bradley Stone and Erin Mahoney.

His ashes will be returned to the east coast where he started his life and where we spent many pleasant years along the Atlantic coast.

In lieu of flowers please donate to either of the nonprofits he supported.

Saint Jude Children’s hospital

or to Arizona Public Media. We always joked about thousands of people working for hundreds of listeners, but he always enjoyed the News and Wait Wait Don’t Tell me on NPR. (


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