Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

john_McmahonWASHINGTON – Dominican Father John Anthony McMahon, son of the late John and Mary McMahon, died in his sleep Friday morning on Sept 9, 2011, at St. Dominic Priory in Washington, D.C.

He was raised in the Washington Hill area of Waterbury. He attended St. Francis Xavier School, Sacred Heart High School and Providence College. He entered the seminary and was ordained a Dominican priest in 1968.

He served as a priest, professor, director of student services, director of security, subprior and chaplain of the Providence College Council of the Knights of Columbus. During the early 1980s, he resurrected the Providence College K of C Council and brought its membership to nearly 500. The council received the Star Council Award several times. He served at Providence College for 18 years.

He was pastor and prior at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Zanesville, Ohio, for six years. He was the director of the Dominican Assisted Living Center in Washington, D.C., for 19 years. He served as subprior for St. Dominic's in Washington, D.C. He was a dedicated priest and known as a profound preacher. He loved his priesthood and his family.

He is survived by a sister, Phyllis Sullivan, of Waterbury; local nephews Deacon James Sullivan of Plymouth, John Sullivan of Watertown and Dennis Sullivan of Cheshire; and local niece Moira Shapland of Bristol.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Mary McMahon and Deborah Harnett.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Sept. 14 at St. Dominic's in Washington. Burial was at Providence College Cemetery for the Dominicans at the Providence College campus.