on May 30, 2013 - 5:49 PM
Dec. 18, 1921 - May 28, 2013
Thomas J. McMahon Jr., who served as an aircraft photographer during World War II, died Tuesday in GreenFields Nursing Home after a long illness. He was 91.
Born in Lackawanna, Mr. McMahon was a 1939 graduate of Bennett High School. He completed a two-year course at Chown School of Business before accepting his first job in the business department at Bell Aircraft.
He was drafted into the military in 1942 and served stateside, at various bases, as an aircraft photographer with the Army Air Forces. During a furlough in 1944, he returned home from Oklahoma to marry Mary Frances Gareis; the couple moved to this area in 1946.
After the war, Mr. McMahon went to work for the state Department of Labor at several locations as an employment counselor. He retired in 1991 after a 30-year career.
A Williamsville resident since 1952, Mr. McMahon was encouraged by his firefighter neighbors to join the fire department. For more than 50 years, he was an active volunteer with the Williamsville Fire Department and was an exempt member up until his death.
He also was a former fire police captain – his inspiration was his father, Thomas Sr., who served as Buffalo’s police commissioner in the 1940s – and chaplain for the department.
In 2000, Mr. McMahon received a proclamation from the Village of Williamsville, thanking him for his years of volunteer service. In 2004, he received the Irvin J. Lorich Award from the Fire Department in thanks for outstanding service.
In addition to his wife, Mr. McMahon is survived by a daughter, Maureen E. Muck; a brother, Paul T.; and a sister, Dorothy Ramunno.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville.