Dennis Michael Mahoney

February 28, 1952April 7, 2014
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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.

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In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Special Olympics North Carolina 2200 Gateway Centre Blvd., Suite 201 Morrisville, NC 27560 or to the Hibernian Charity of Wake County 6009 Jones Farm Rd Wake Forest, North Carolina 27587.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, April 16, 2014
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, May 10, 2014

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Andi C.

April 15, 2015

I have been thinking about our "DenDen" all week, amazed that this first year has gone so quickly - just wanted to honor my friend by saying I miss him so very much-his silly grin, his laugh, his big heart and loyal spirit....thinking of Dennis and smiling that I was one of the lucky ones to know him & love him. It is an honor! Will tip a glass to you,my friend....Miss you .

John Millard

July 3, 2014

Dear Sheila & Family - I recently found out about Dennis' passing and wanted to say how sorry I was to hear the news. I always enjoyed hanging out and talking over a Guinness with him and appreciate how he always kept me busy with opportunities at Mac's. Chris joins me in sending condolences.

May 10, 2014

Dear Sheila,Buddy,Pricilla,Joey,and all of Dennis' extended family, Just heard from John Hoey this afternoon of Dennis' untimely death.I'm so sorry and sadended. Our love and thoughts and prayers are with you all. Chyrll Drews Ciliberto

Ron Hudak

May 5, 2014

Dear Sheila and family,
I am so sorry to hear about Dennis' passing. Dennis was not just a gentleman but a wonderful person.

Judith Muse

April 30, 2014

Dear Sheila and family -
I just heard about Dennis' passing, and wanted to express my sympathy. I know that you have many fond memories, and I hope that they will comfort you at this difficult time.

Brenda Lucore

April 17, 2014

Sheila and family, so sorry to hear about Dennis. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Brenda Lucore and Jerry Barefoot

liz Thomas

April 17, 2014

my thoughts n prayers for the family--may God strengthen you at this time xoxoxoxo

Linda Jamison

April 16, 2014

Dennis Mahoney will live through all who knew and loved him. My cenerisest condolences. To his family, friends and staff. Rest in peace my dear friend.

Alyson Chatham

April 16, 2014

My thoughts are with you Sheila and everyone Dennis so kindly made feel like family <3

Roger Bullard

April 16, 2014

"What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us." -Helen Keller. Dennis was and will always be apart of this community. His generosity has helped so many. He will be truly missed. Thank you Dennis for your unconditional generosity and wisdom.