Charles D. “Bud” Mahon
Charles D. “Bud” Mahon, age 83, of Ewing Township, left this earth on Saturday, February 7, 2015 to take his place with the Lord.
Born on July 13, 1931, “Charlie,” as he was called by most who knew him, was born and raised in Trenton, and resided for most of his life with his family in Ewing Township.
Charlie was a quiet man and started every day with the Lord, but he let himself be heard by his actions. The essence of Charlie’s life was service to others. He had a passion for helping people, and could often be found volunteering at the Church of the Incarnation, helping to make the parish a better place for parishioners, students and the clergy. Similar selfless acts of kindness were quietly done for decades for friends, relatives, neighbors, and others in the community.
Yet you would rarely, if ever, hear about these stories or acts of kindness from Charlie. If they became known at all, you heard it word of mouth, or from the neighbor or someone at church.
Charlie was a curious sole and enjoyed learning and figuring things out. He was a solver, a handyman, a fixer, and could figure out, repair or build just about anything. Charlie was a good neighbor, understanding, wise, kind, and a great listener. That’s why kids enjoyed him so much. Charlie had a special way with children, whether it was with his own kids, his grandchildren, children in the neighborhood, or youth at the Church of the Incarnation. He would be focused on the kids and be “in their moment” listening to them, interacting, playing and responding. He would let you ask a lot of him, never seeming to mind. He would listen to anything you wished to talk about, he was sincere and cared for you, gave good advice, and always helped you or provided thoughtful feedback. If your hand needed to be held, Charlie was there to hold your hand.
The memory of those who knew Charlie will be a happy one, “with an afterglow of smiles, the echo of his soft voice, and the pride and joy he had for his family, which he treasured every day.”
After graduating from high school in Trenton, Charlie served his country for nearly 10 years, including time during the Korean War when he was stationed in Japan. He served in the United States Army from 1952-1954, the New Jersey National Guard as a member of the 253d Tank Battalion, from 1954-1957, and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in April 1961.
Charlie Mahon retired from Bell Atlantic in 1991 after a 37-year career with the company.
In recent years, Charlie was known on soccer fields throughout the area as the #1 soccer fan of his grandson, Mason Bursac.
Mr. Mahon is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Joan (Balint) Mahon, of Ewing Township; four children: June Mahon of Ewing Township; Carole (Mahon) Bursac and husband Filip of Hopewell Township; Jeffrey of Delray Beach, FL; and Christopher of Carlsbad, CA; four grandchildren, Kelly Talbott, Alanna Mahon, Philip Mahon, and Mason Bursac; two great grandchildren, Elizabeth and Mikayla; and his brothers Robert of Hamilton, and Donald of Mercerville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer Mahon and Henrietta (Duval) Mahon; his brothers, Elmer, William, James and Jack; and sister, Dolores (Mahon) Haggerty.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 2 – 4 P.M. and 6 – 9 P.M. at the M. William Murphy Funeral Home 935 Parkway Ave. in Ewing.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00 a.m. at Incarnation Church 1545 Pennington Rd., Ewing.
Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Cedar Lane, Hamilton.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Charlie Mahon’s memory to the Church of the Incarnation, 1545 Pennington Road, Ewing, New Jersey 08618.
Posted on 09 Feb 2015 by MFH