Thomas Reed “Tom” Mahoney of Canandaigua, formerly of Albion, NY, passed away March 4, 2023 of complications following spinal surgery. He was born July 27, 1943 in Albion to the late Thomas E. and Marjorie B. (Reed) Mahoney.
Tom was predeceased by his aunt and uncle, Mary and Sam Martillotta, and his cousin, Susan Martillotta. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 52 years, Jennifer “Jen” Mahoney; sister, Marnie of Canandaigua; cousin, Sam (Paula) Martillotta of Chardon, OH and their children, Alexandra, Samuel, Jr., Audrey and John (Olivia) Martillotta; and Susan’s children, Samantha Martillotta and Daniel (Colleen) Cohen.
Tom earned his B.A. in Speech, Radio & TV at Ohio Wesleyan University and his master’s degree in Journalism at the Newhouse School of Syracuse University. A lifelong broadcast journalist, Tom worked as a news anchor and reporter at several television stations in western New York and Honolulu. In 2000 he retired from his position at the Voice of America in Washington, D.C. where he worked for 17 years, first as a news anchor and later as host of several interview and public affairs shows.
After his retirement Tom and his wife moved to Auckland, New Zealand where Jen, in Tom’s words, “could spend some quality time with her New Zealand family”. From their base in the South Pacific, they traveled extensively throughout Australasia and Europe and returned to the United States every year to visit Tom’s family.
Tom’s greatest love was spending time with his wife and extended family, to which he was dedicated with passion. He loved his friends and nothing pleased Tom more than quality time spent in one-on-one conversations, often over a sumptuous meal. He was caring, kind and sincere in his interest in everyone he encountered. Tom was known for his “Tomisms”, puns, wordplay and humor, and was an avid reader and news-follower.
Tom’s family will receive friends at the First Presbyterian Church of Albion, 29 East State Street, Albion, NY 14411 on March 18th from 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. followed by a service to celebrate his life. There will be a short coffee reception in the church dining room after the ceremony.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Tom’s name may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Albion at the above address.
Tom’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home of Albion, NY.
To share a special memory of Tom, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.