James Mahanna

James Edward Mahanna

July 10, 1936 - August 27, 2020
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James Edward “Jim“ Mahanna, 84, formerly of Clifton Park, NY, died on August 27, 2020. Jim was born on July 10, 1936 to Margaret Lillian (Waldron) and John Edwin Mahanna in Plattsburgh, NY. He and his brother were raised on the family farm in Redford, NY with many aunts, uncles and cousins nearby. He is a graduate of Sallaz Academy, Redford, NY and Plattsburg Business Institute. After serving in the Army he earned a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Education from the State University of New York, Plattsburg.

Jim was a respected member of the faculty at Forts Ferry Elementary School in Latham, NY, a part of the North Colonie Central School District and taught fifth grade there for his entire teaching career.

He enjoyed music and was an active member of the Triune Musical Company and added his bass voice to the chorus of several productions at Shaker High School.

He was a devoted Catholic and longtime member of St. Edward the Confessor in Clifton Park. Jim was always one to lend a helping hand. In his retirement, Jim volunteered as a reader for RISE (Radio Information Service Enterprise) at the local Public Radio Station WMHT. He enjoyed participating in Habitat for Humanity building projects in Albany, NY and always spoke with pride about the completed renovations and builds.

An avid back yard birder, you could count on Jim to let you know that the robins were back or that the redpolls were visiting from the north woods.

Jim was a “gentleman’s gentleman.” He was always courteous, considerate, and kind. He was the first to hold a door or to rise and offer a chair. His friendship was sincere.

Jim is preceded by his brother, Jack, who passed away just days before him on August 22, 2020. He is survived by his nieces Mollie Flahaven, South Portland, ME and Katie Catchmark, Wyomissing, PA and his nephew Mike Mahanna, Randolph, NJ.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, September 14, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Edward the Confessor, 569 Clifton Park Center Rd, Clifton Park, NY. Burial will be private at the Churches of the Assumption, Redford, NY.

Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at
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    September 14, 2020 | 10:00am
    September 14, 2020 10:00am
    St Edward the Confessor
    569 Clifton Park Center Rd.
    Clifton Park, NY
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Fred Erickson

Posted at 05:19pm
I am so thankful Joyce Stah shared the news of Jim's passing. Although I have yet to meet Jim, I felt like we had known each other for years. We shared not only volunteering at RISE, but a career in education, a love of family, and a dedication to improving the lives of others. May he rest in peace and may the family be comforted by our prayers.

Kathleen Bain Busch

Posted at 02:54pm
Mr Mahanna was my fifth grade teacher in 1970. He made a huge impact on my life, and although I lost track of him, I never forgot him. My twenty year old brother was tragically killed in front of my Mom and me. His kindness, compassion and abilities to help me get back to some sort of normalcy after the accident and return to school was thoughtful and precise. Later, when I became a nurse, I realized even more, what an incredibly skilled teacher and man he was. Rest In Peace.

Mollie Flahavenn Posted at 10:25pm

I have always known what a good man my Uncle Jim was, but it has been wonderful to hear about these parts of his life we did not get to see. I am sorry to hear about your tragic loss. Thank you for sharing your memories. - Mollie Flahaven

Richard Stone

Posted at 09:45am
I was a Habitat for Humanity Construction manager and I just want to say that Jim was one of the ablest and most dependable members of the Habitat Tuesday / Wednesday club, mostly retirees who selflessly did so much for so many. He was an all around good man. Thanks for being there Jim.
Richard Stone

Mollie Flahavenn Posted at 10:28pm

We know our Uncle Jim took pride in the work he did for Habitat for Humanity, but was humble about it. Thank you for writing.

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