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Robert Joseph "Bob" Mahoney

March 30, 1935 - June 4, 2016

ROBERT JOSEPH “BOB” MAHONEY 1935 – 2016
Gaelic blessing his roadmap
About A Friendly Road, Now Quiet
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Quite often, the Lord carries us on our personal road.
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Happiness is a philosophy.
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An unknown ripple effect across oceans.

“May The Road Rise Up To Meet You” is a traditional Gaelic blessing that Robert Joseph “Bob” Mahoney, 81, of Springfield, Ill., lived by. The road was never without a new friend he didn’t want to shake hands with, or offer up a cheerful toast.
For those who knew the kindred storyteller, heavy hearts in hand, his road came to an end on Sunday, June 5, 2016. A man of the Catholic faith, Bob went to be with the Lord at 10:44 am. In prayer, at his bedside, were family members and a Chaplain.
He had been in the generous care of the staff at Memorial Medical Center until his passing. It wasn’t much of a stretch for a person who’d spent much of his time volunteering in local hospitals, offering encouragement to those who needed a friend; a certain blessing written on his heart since birth.

He was born March 30, 1935, in Detroit, Mich., the son of Frances Elizabeth (Kreagh) and Lawrence John Mahoney, Sr.

His older brother, Lawrence, Jr., preceded him in death.

A graduate of De La Salle High School in Detroit, and the University of Michigan, he was never far in heart from his alma maters. Later, he served his country with great pride as an Airman in the National Guard.

He is survived by his first wife, Michaela, and their three sons: Robert Joseph, Jr. (Kendall) of San Diego, Charles Lawrence (Elizabeth) of Cave Creek, Ariz., and Brian James of Nagoya, Japan. He also leaves behind two beautiful and loving grandchildren, Robert III and Caroline, from parents Robert and Kendall Mahoney.
Bob was the owner of a successful plastics business in the mid-80s. After his purchase of the business from Lincoln Electric, the Mahoney family came into a certain prominence in the Town of Paradise Valley, Ariz. But, like the saying “all good things must come to an end”, he began a new chapter in his life.
Because Bob wanted happiness for himself and everyone else on his road — his philosophy on life was pulled from the pages of Ayn Rand — he met Patricia Kelly. They were married for seven years until she died of cancer. He then relocated to Springfield and later married Joan Reardon, who passed in 2014 — a memorial for which many of Springfield’s finest had attended. Together, they engaged in community service, church activities and many joyous times with family and friends. Their four-legged friends were never far from sight.

In lasting legacy, he produced a successful consultant, a football player for the University of Arizona, and an English teacher for schoolchildren in Japan. He produced plastics for coolers and insulation for new construction homes. And, if you ever had the Irish luck to shake hands with the man, he’d have told you he produced something for you, too.

Many special people entered his life over the years; of which he held them, like the Lord, in the palm of his hand: Scott Kelly, son of Patricia Kelly; Brian, Katie, Tom and Michael Reardon, and their families of Springfield; a step-grandson named Caleb, who’s on exchange in Italy.

There wasn’t anything that Bob didn’t know. Just ask all the extended family and friends like those mentioned. What Bob didn’t know, though, is that four trees will be planted in remembrance of his good name, to provide shade for orphaned children at the Open Arms Home in South Africa. A fitting tribute to a man who was always first to extend a hand.

If you’d like to contribute to Open Arms in his memory, please send to P.O. Box 2198, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. Please make checks payable to Open Arms Home for Children. Tax ID 81-0576905 for your records. Or please donate to the Illinois County Sheriffs Association Sangamon County.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

You made the road a friendly one, Bob. You were a husband, father, son, friend and a business man. You loved your University of Michigan almost as much as watching James Bond movies with pretzels and a scotch on the rocks in hand. Friends will say you were full of love as much as you were “full of it.” You once had a 32 ft. yacht, a Porsche in the driveway, and many big stories to tell in your younger days. Those days are gone, the road is now a quiet one. May you have many blessings beyond.

Memorial Information

If you’d like to contribute to Open Arms in his memory, please send to P.O. Box 2198, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. Please make checks payable to Open Arms Home for Children. Tax ID 81-0576905 for your records. Or please donate to the Illinois County Sheriffs Association Sangamon County.


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