John Padraic Mahoney ,age 25, beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew, and friend, died after a sudden illness on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. He was born on Monday, September 20 1993, in Albuquerque. Mr. Mahoney was preceded in death by his father, Richard J. Mahoney; and his grandparents, John R. Mahoney Sr., Mary "Bubbie" Mahoney (nee Walsh), Isabel Coats (nee Lovato), and C.M. Coats. He is survived by his mother, Catherine; his siblings, Karl Buck (Jessica), Izzy Mahoney (Mark), and Bill Mahoney; his niece, Lily Romero; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; his dog Luna, as well as many friends.
It’s impossible to capture the things that made John special in just a few paragraphs. He was an avid reader, musician, and creator as well as a valued employee of Old Town Antiquity. In his short time with us he has brought joy to many lives, and we will all miss his wit, strength, and generous spirit. He was strong in his convictions, but open to new ideas. He was incredibly smart, but down-to-earth, frequenting local used bookstores to trade in well-loved editions of books spanning all genres and topics. John played guitar and wrote lyrics, poetry, and short stories. He also had an unmatched appreciation for music. (Some highlights from his record collection include Sun Ra, Death, and Modest Mouse.) He was adept with electronics, and took classes at CNM in the electrical program. He also enjoyed television, film, and video games; Doom was one of his all-time favorite games, and he held a special place in his heart for shows such as The Wire, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Fargo, and The Sopranos. John had a gift for fixing things: everything from repairing small appliances to raising low spirits. John was quick with a joke and happy to help others, and our time with him was a gift.
Services will be held Friday, July 19, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at FRENCH - University. Internment to follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, subsequently followed by a potluck reception at FRENCH - University Reception Center. The family has created a fundraiser to contribute to funeral expenses at https://www.gofundme.com/f/remembering-john-mahoney.