OBITUARY

William Emmett Mahoney III

March 16, 1942March 11, 2018
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William “Bill” E. Mahoney III of Lehigh Acres, FL passed from this earth on Sunday, March 11, 2018 after fighting a valiant battle against Parkinson’s Disease and Lewy Body Dementia, with his loving wife Janice by his side, and just a few days short of his 76th birthday. Bill was the son of the late Michael and Caroline Marrone, born March 16, 1942. He grew up in Ashburnham, Massachusetts and graduated from Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, MA. Ever since he was a young man, Bill wanted to be a pilot. Upon graduating from Cushing in 1960, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he had an honorable career. He trained at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, and completed 4 years of service including 13 months at Osan Air Force Base in South Korea. Bill spent many years as a loadmaster in the U.S.A.F. Active Reserve working out of Hanscom Field, in Bedford MA, and later Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee, MA. He retired from the USAF Active Reserve in 1994 with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant with 33 years served and over 10,000 hours of flying time. While he was living and working in Chicopee he met and fell in love with Janice Provost. They were married in 1984, and moved to Lehigh Acres, FL in 1998. Golfing, reading novels and socializing with friends, family and neighbors were favorite pastimes that they shared. While serving in the Air Force, Bill had 2 tours of duty during wartime. During the Gulf War, for a full year from August 1990 – July 1991 Bill shuttled equipment and troops to and from bases in Germany and Saudi Arabia. Bill flew equipment in and out of Vietnam from 1969 – 1972. During one operation in February of 1969, while performing their duties his plane and crew were subjected to hostile fire as they flew over a combat area. For this encounter, Bill was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal for service during airlift missions in the Republic of South Vietnam in direct support of the Vietnam military combat operation. Throughout his adult life, whether it was in the Air Force, or later as a commercial pilot and private pilot, Bill sought opportunities to fly. In one of his more colorful employment periods during the late 70’s and early 1980’s Bill flew for Long View Farm Studios in North Brookfield, MA. Long View was a recording and rehearsal location for many well-known musicians and bands, including the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and Carole King. Bill flew these musicians to and from Boston when they visited the studio. Later, Bill piloted for private corporations and American Trans Air (ATA), retiring in 2003. Bill leaves behind his loving wife of 33 years, Janice (Provost) Mahoney of Lehigh Acres, FL; daughter Mary Beth Litz of Saratoga, NY, and granddaughter Marissa Litz of Saratoga, NY. He is survived by half-sister Babetta (Tom Yoshida) Marrone of Los Alamos, NM; Bettina Marrone of Beaverton, OR and Michael (Lynn LeBlanc Marrone) Marrone of Holden, MA; mother-in-law Julie Provost of Lehigh Acres, FL; nieces Robin Yoshida, Dana (Andrew Stuefen) Marrone, Renee Provost and her mother Dianne Provost and nephew Nathan Marrone. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 5:30 pm at Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park 12777 State Road 82, Fort Myers, FL. Burial will be held at a later date at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, FL. Info (239) 334-4880

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  • Memorial Service Wednesday, March 21, 2018
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Dan Hogan

March 20, 2018

Janice,
I was so sorry to hear about Bill. I know his years with you were memorable and that you made him very happy.
Bill was the reason I became a loadmasters. He stood by me when others thought I would never make it. I know he is in a better place and I will always remember him and the good times we had at Westover.
Sincerely Dan Hogan

Thomas Dzwonkus

March 20, 2018

Bill in late 1960’s

Jay Milkey

March 20, 2018

Janice,

I am so sorry for your loss. Looking back it would be impossible to choose just one particular memory of Bill. Whether it was flying trips or playing golf or even moving that piano at the Chateau one more time, each adventure always produced a smile. Bill is a true gentleman and a great aviator and the time I got to spend with him was priceless. The most important memory I’ll take away was his friendship. He was a great friend over the years and we all shall miss him dearly.

Jay Milkey

Richard Turpin

March 19, 2018

Dear Janice,
Michell and I were very saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. I know he is in a better place and no longer suffering but we do feel his loss and offer you our sincere condolences. I have so many fond memories of times spent with you both that it makes me smile just thinking about them. As Freddy said there will always be Bill Mahoney stories being told as long as those of us who knew and loved him are around to tell them. More then likely they will be told while enjoying a fine single malt scotch, like a glass of Oban which Bill was nice enough to introduce me to. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Mark Boronski

March 18, 2018

I will always remember the wonderful times flying with Bill and crew. Rest in peace.

Roland Gouin

March 17, 2018

I was in the Air Force Reserves at Westover in the 42nd APS until retiring in 1998. I was also activated for "Desert Storm" and returned to the reserves after the war to finish my retirement. I moved to Bradenton Fla. in 2000 and am going to stay here until I pass away. I read Bills' Obituary and read that he will be buried at the Sarasota National Cemetery at a future date. It just so happens that I am a volunteer there and have been there since in opened in January, 2009. It is a beautiful cemetery and it will be my wife and my future home also. I saw the first 9 cremation burials in 2009 and we now have over 17,000 there now. Cremations have the choice of burial in the ground with a marble stone over it or in the wall with a cover. If I could answer ANY questions about this cemetery that you have, send me an email and I will do my best to answer your questions.
My email is "rolandg1@verizon.net". I am sorry for your loss and will pray for you and family.

Russell Centerbar

March 17, 2018

Janice I never actually flew with Bill but I think I came close a couple of times at the Chateau Provost. Bill was always a good time at any function or just visiting the kitchen. I know you shared a lot of good times and did a lot together so you have a lot of great memories. I will now forgive him for making me work on that OILED down Jeep Wagoneer. Our thoughts and prayers Russ & Lynne Centerbar

Fred Perret

March 15, 2018

Dear Janice, Betsy and I are so saddened to hear of Bill's passing. We will always have fond memories of the four of us at Mount Snow. I had many great mentors in my flying career and Wild Bill was at the top of the list. You can be assured that Bill Mahoney stories will live on at Westover. We are both thinking of you and wish you the very best. Love, Fred and Betsy Perret

Walt Cienaski

March 15, 2018

I'm sorry for your loss. Bill and I flew many hours together and shared many wonderful times. He was a great crewmember but more importantly he was a wonderful friend. I flew with Bill at Westover AFB in the 70's and 80's in the C-123K and C-130. As a pilot we look to the crew as friends and dedicated squadron members Bill was all of that and more. He was always smiling and when things seemed impossible you could look to Bill for the needed encouragement to succeed in what ever you needed to accomplish. HE WILL BE MISSED BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN.

Walt Cienaski
LTC USAF(RET)

CW Fox

March 14, 2018

Bill was and will always be remembered as one of those Westover cast of characters (really legends) that all who knew him will remember. As we all grow older and our friends go before us to the big hangar in sky we must all take a moment and remember the bond we shared and that we had the good fortune to once share a place called Westover and many the good times had by all. My deepest sympathies. CW, Navigator , 337th, USAF (Ret)