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Thomas J. McMahon active firefighter for 53 years passes away
Tue. May 28th 2013

Thomas J. McMahon,  a steadying influence in the volunteer fire service for more than half a century, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013.

Mr. McMahon, 91, was an active member of the Williamsville Fire Department for more than 50 years, being honored in 2004 for the accomplishment.

Serving as fire police captain for many years, Mr. McMahon was the son of a former Buffalo police commissioner. 

When his father was promoted to the rank of  captain on the city force in 1941, a newspaper proclaimed, "Traffic Police Declared to be Forgotten Men."

This was because traffic patrolmen had a huge responsibility but received little recognition in return.  This was the same role Mr. McMahon fulfilled for decades in Williamsville.

After graduating from Bennett High School in 1939, Mr. McMahon completed a two-year course at the Chown School of Business and was hired to work at Bell Aircraft in Wheatfield.

He was drafted in 1942 and served as a photographer with the Army Air Corps.

While stationed in Oklahoma in 1944, he obtained a wartime furlough just long enough to return to Buffalo and marry his sweetheart, Mary Frances Gareis. 

The couple returned to Buffalo in 1946 and moved to Williamsville six years

later.   Mr. McMahon's friendship with his neighbor, the late Bill Wutz, led

directly to his enlistment in the Williamsville Fire Department in 1953. Mr. Wutz was a past president of the organization.

Mr. McMahon was hired in 1953 as an employment counselor with the New York State Labor Department.  He was recognized for his tireless work to find jobs for those in need. 

Mr. McMahon also served as chaplain of the  fire department.  When the organization celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2006, his prayer at the start of  the February company meeting summed up the significance of the event.

"Heavenly Father, we stand before you humbly this night, with 150 years of memories.  You have been with us and the thousands of people you have permitted us to serve in your name.  We have been blessed."

The family will be present from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 31, at the Beach-Tuyn Funeral Home, Main and Cayuga, Williamsville.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 1, in SS. Peter and Paul Church, 5480 Main St.

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