Michael C. Mahar

June 1, 1938May 30, 2018

Michael Carl Mahar, avid skier and sailor, relentless builder and problem solver, and above all, aviator, is now flying eternally. He left this world on Wednesday May 30 in a sailing accident, right after Wednesday night races at EYC. It is impossible to capture the enormity of his character or the impact he had on all of the people whose lives he touched. There was nothing that Mike could not imagine and build. He had a tool shop in his parents basement from the age of 4, built a gas powered go cart at age 5 and has been building, designing and fixing ever since. He discovered flying at age15 and had his pilots license before he could drive. He went on to become a tool and die maker, eventually forming his own company which he nurtured, guided and sweated for for over 40 years. He loved sailboat racing and shared that love with countless others, teaching and sharing his skills. Survivors include two daughters, Molly and Kelley, whom he raised to be tough and brave, to follow through on everything they start, and embrace their passions; Lois, his wife of 51 years who joined him in some of his adventures and embarked on many of her own; his sister, Anne Mahar; Bob Schilling, business partner and close friend; the guys at the shop, countless fellow sailors, skiers and flyers. Building experimental airplanes shaped the last 20 years of Mike’s life. Flying was a passion that he shared with many others, continuing to learn, teach and mentor many other pilots and builders. He lived every minute of his 80 years. The hole he leaves behind will be felt by all those that knew him for many years. Funeral Mass Friday June 8, 2018 at 11am at the Carmelite Monastery 3176 Fairmont Blvd. Cleveland Hts. (PLEASE MEET AT MONASTERY). Family suggest contributions may be made to the Carmelite Sisters 3176 Fairmont Blvd. Cleveland Heights Oh. 44118.


  • Funeral Mass Friday, June 8, 2018

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Paul Lajos

June 23, 2018

We were very sad to hear of Mike’s passing.

I first met Mike when I was a teenager racing Dragons in Cleveland. He was racing Loki and was so fast. He was a natural sailor and excellent racer. He was always top of the fleet and you knew if you beat him you were on your game.

My late father Tom Lajos was so fond of him and they shared so many experiences racing together and against each other and skiing. He had such an infectious laugh and I used to llove to listen to his embellished stories.

He will be sadly missed.

Warm and fair breezes on your stern Mike!

Harry Angus

June 11, 2018

I raced against Mike for many years in Dragons, throughout regattas in Rochester, Cleveland and Toronto. Whenever Mike showed up, you knew you had formidable competition, no matter who was crewing with him that day (week). Only once did I have the chance to sail with him, had a ball that weekend!
My best memory of Mike though, was what he did for others. At the World Championships in Rochester, a particularly windy day 5 boats broke masts in one race. Mike and his crew jumped in their car right after the race, drove to Cleveland, loaded on 5 blanks, drove back to Rochester, where he proceeded to cut and weld five new masts through the night well into the next morning. By the start of the next race, all competitors were able to sail. That was Mike. His own mast was fine, but he looked after the others. May the winds be fine Mike

Charles Jentes

June 6, 2018

I think I met Mike 20 years ago ago trying to find a vendor that could do some Moore jig grinding for rubber molding. I became impressed with Mike’s knowledge of any thing mechanical. He got me back into flying after I dropped out for 12 years to get three daughters through college. I brought a Mooney in Utah and had to fly it back. He was so concerned about me flying over the Rockies that he loaned me a GPS for a year to keep me safe. We could discuss anything and he always had a unique answer. I will miss him every day. Charlie Jentes


June 5, 2018

May God's loving kindness and co help you and your family du this time of sorrow (2 Corinthians 1:3,4).

Amanda Johnson

June 4, 2018

When we understand our calling, it is not only true but beautiful... I didn't know Michael Mahar but I understand he lived a full, beautiful life. I work for the same agency as his daughter, Molly. My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you and your family.

Rob Logan

June 4, 2018

Scott Alperin

June 3, 2018

Mike was the Best problem solver that I have ever met. If you had a mechanical problem he had a special way of breaking it down and solving it. When I needed room for an additional airplane he designed and constructed a hoist for me. He was a Very Special Guy whom we shared many wonderful events with. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Bill and Aline Henderson

June 3, 2018

Lois, Molly, Kelley,

We are sad to hear of Mike's death.

We remember him very kindly from Dragon events at RCYC. Many years ago, we also enjoyed your hospitality overnight as we were accompanying two Dragons, en route to New Orleans to a regatta at the SYC.

Thinking of you and your family and friends at this difficult time.

Bill and Aline Henderson, Toronto.

Brian Chalmers

June 1, 2018

The most colorful personality I have ever had the privilege of knowing at Cuyahoga County Airport. I’m going to miss you Mike. Blue skies forever!
Brian Chalmers

Carol Stocker

June 1, 2018

Mike always told me to have fun and laugh. I'm going to miss his wisdom, knowledge, and the stories. I will miss that infectious laugh. Just gone way too soon but never forgotten. Every day was an adventure with Mike Mahar!