Published June 14, 2019
MELROSE — Michael Mahon, 68, was born in South Boston on July 22, 1950. He lived in Melrose his entire well-lived life. He died after a brief illness on June 4, 2019. Michael was predeceased by his loving parents Edward M. and Alice F. (Daly) Mahon in 2008. He was raised in Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School in 1969. He received the Robert Nordstrom Award at graduation for his outstanding achievement.
Michael (also affectionately known as Mike or Mickey) was a remarkable person who overcame significant physical adversity with his indomitable spirit, strong will and clever mind. Although unable to physically accomplish such tasks, he could teach anyone how to unclog a drain, bend conduit, change a door frame or rebuild a carburetor.
He roamed all over Melrose in his motorized chair, an inspirational sight. He had numerous places he liked to visit and was always welcomed; DPW, The Mayor’s Office, Ozzie’s garage, Turners for haddock and a double order of mashed potatoes.
He did a phenomenal job at not letting his disability stop him from enjoying a wonderful life. He has a passion for drag racing, maintaining a beautiful home and being well-traveled: Canada, Indianapolis for races and even an amazing trip to Ireland with brother Ed and his sidekick/Cousin Jimmy. He also loved to tell stories and entertain at many memorable dinner parties with relatives and friends.
And we can’t forget that he operated Mike’s Bike Repair Shop from his home, starting at age 12 and continuing for a decade.
There are not enough words to describe the impact that Michael had on so many people. He touched so many lives and everyone that had the privilege of knowing him realizes their good fortune.
We are all better people for having Michael Mahon in our lives.
Michael was the beloved son of the late Edward M. and Alice (Daly) Mahon. Loving brother of Edward M. Mahon Jr. and his wife Hilary of Michigan and Tricia Mahon and her fiancé Perry Yeldham of Boston. Cherished uncle of Katie Wagner and Matt of Denver, Kristine Lipson and Dustin of Salt Lake City, Utah and Thomas Kleinmahon and Jake of New Orleans. Also survived by many cousins, grandnieces, grandnephews and friends.
Visitation was held at Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Friday June 7. Funeral procession from Gately Funeral Home on Saturday morning, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Hearts Church, 315 Main St. Malden. Interment at St. Patrick Cemetery in Stoneham. Relatives and friends were respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Melrose Wakefield Healthcare Nursing Department, 585 Lebanon St. Melrose, MA 02176. To send a message of condolence please visit www.gatelyfh.com