Dennis Michael Mahoney, 62 (or 27 going on 28 as he made all believe) of Cary passed away Monday, April 7, 2014 at UNC Chapel Hill Medical Center.
He was born February 28, 1952 in Port Chester, NY a son of Dennis Francis and Patricia Ann Gavin Mahoney.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother William Patrick Mahoney.
Dennis grew up in Rye, NY and graduated from Rye High School where he played a sport for every season. He was a proud "Garnet" to the end. He joined the Air Force upon graduation from high school and later was a member of the Air National Guard. Dennis then joined the New Castle Police Department in Chappaqua, NY from which he retired. He moved to Cary, NC in 2000 to manage Tir na nOg Irish Pub in Raleigh of which he later became a partner. In 2004 he opened Mac's Tavern in Cary along with his business partner Jim Cassese. In 2012 he and his sister Sheila opened Mahoney's Pub in Cary.
Dennis was a truly special person who was loved by all who crossed his path. His motto was never to take life too seriously. He always had a smile on his face, a big hug waiting, a song to be sung, and a story to tell.
Surviving are his sister, Sheila Ryan of Cary; niece, Colleen (Fletcher O'Cain) Ryan of Cary; nephews, Kyle (Stefanie) Ryan of Charleston, SC, Sean Ryan of Cary, and Brendan Ryan of Cary; and a great niece, Sofia Ryan of Charleston, SC.
A memorial service will be at 5 p.m. April 16, 2014 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Cary. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 am on May 10, 2014 at Our Lady of Mercy Church 260 Westchester Ave Port Chester, NY.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through www.brownwynnecary.com
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Special Olympics North Carolina 2200 Gateway Centre Blvd., Suite 201 Morrisville, NC 27560 http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/inmemory/dennismahoney
or to the Hibernian Charity of Wake County 6009 Jones Farm Rd Wake Forest, North Carolina 27587.