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Brien John McMahon, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend passed away on January 23, 2023. He will be remembered as a deeply kind man guided by faith, family, and love.
Brien was born to John and Mary Burns McMahon on March 6, 1933, in Port Chester, NY. He attended Our Lady of Mercy Grammar School and graduated from Iona Prep in 1951. Brien attended The University of Maryland and graduated from Iona College.
Brien and Beatrice Prior met at an OLM dance in 1946; they were married on August 10, 1957, at the church of St. Gregory the Great in Harrison, NY. Brien and Bea made their home and raised their 7 children in Port Chester.
Brien had a successful career in the printing industry before transitioning to public service. He worked as the executive director of the Port Chester Housing Authority for many years. His tenure at the Housing Authority was marked by the formation of deep friendships and loving service to his community.
As a man of great faith, Brien was devoted to his church. Childhood service as an altar boy was just the beginning of his lifelong commitment. Throughout the years, Brien served his parish as a lector, Eucharisitic minister and member of both the Parish Council and Holy Name Society. He also worked closely with church leaders as a trustee of the parish. A member of the choir for over 50 years, some of his most cherished memories were those created in the choir loft and at practices. The friendships formed through his service to the parish brought him great joy. During Masses, his young children knew he was always keeping an eye on them from the choir loft.
In addition to family and faith, Brien was dedicated to his community. Participating in numerous organizations and committees, he was always in service to the people of Port Chester. From coaching Little League to volunteering with Scouts and PTAs to serving on the United Hospital board, Coast Guard Auxiliary and Cable TV committee, he engaged with his community endlessly. It was his honor to serve three terms as a trustee in the Village of Port Chester. In his capacity as Deputy Mayor, his favorite responsibility was occasionally officiating weddings. He appreciated the opportunity to share in the joy of each couple.
Brien was a former president of the Port Chester 40/40 Club and remained active in that organization until the time of his death. He looked forward to those weekly lunch meetings and occasional nights playing cards “with the guys.” The laughter and friendship of his 40/40 family held a special place in his heart. He also enjoyed his years of membership with the Elks, Yacht Club and the Port Chester Old Timers’ Association.
Brien took great pleasure in music. As a young man, he took up the drums. He fondly remembered traveling with the University of Maryland Marching Band to play in the halftime show during the 1952 Sugar Bowl. In addition to being in the OLM Choir, he participated in many community theater musical productions. Through the Port Chester Council for the Arts, he sang mass with a group that performed at both Marymount College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. He valued the experiences and relationships born out of participating in the arts.
Brien was an avid sports fan supporting the New York Yankees, Jets, and UCONN Women’s basketball program. He faithfully supported and followed his beloved Jets from Shea Stadium to the Meadowlands for decades. As a man of faith and loyalty, he greeted each new season with optimism. Regardless of the record, he enjoyed sharing the games with his children and brother Jack. Brien’s greatest joys in the world of sports came from watching his grandchildren play sports as well. If he couldn’t be there in person, he was eager for the recap.
Brien is predeceased by his loving wife of 45 years, Beatrice Prior McMahon, son Sean Joseph McMahon, and brother Jack McMahon. He is survived by his son Brien and his wife Maria of Ansonia, CT, daughter Mary Stapleton and her husband Lorin of Brewster, NY, Erin Daly and her husband Robert of Sparkill, NY, Kathy Richardson and her husband Scott of Annandale, VA, Deirdre Pascale and her husband Peter of Port Chester, NY, and Tricia Hinz and her husband Eric of Port Chester, NY; grandchildren Brien A. McMahon, Bridget and Colleen Stapleton, Jennifer Conjura, Robert Daly, Emily and Michael Richardson, Brien X. and Jackie McMahon, Joseph, C.J., and Kelly Pascale, Matthew, Jason, Daniel and Tommy Hinz; great-grandchildren Madison and Chase Conjura; brother Kevin and sister-in-law Maria McMahon of Durham, NC; sisters-in-law Sue McMahon of Bedford, NY and Margaret Prior Martone of Easthampton, MA, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Faith, family, friendship and laughter were the cornerstones of Brien’s life. His children and grandchildren are forever grateful for his model of compassion and humor. Peace be with you.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research https://lustgarten.org/
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