James W. Mahaffey
November 2, 1936 – March 13, 2020
James W. Mahaffey, of Winter Park, Fla., 83, passed away March13, 2020. Jim Mahaffey was President of The Mahaffey Company. Bidding farewell to Tulane Law School, Jim chose to join his father Thomas Mahaffey, Jr. in the creation of the Mahaffey Company which develops apartment communities throughout Florida. Since 1962 Jim has directed the development, construction & management of all Carlton Arms Communities. Jim and his brother Mark T. Mahaffey have been partners in the family business since 1969. Jim was very proud that four (4) third generation family members have been involved in the family business for many years including his son William Mahaffey. In addition to a national reputation in the rental apartment field, Jim is known as a Grand Master in duplicate bridge in international, national & state levels having many honors and winning multiple national and world titles over several decades. Jim has amassed over 20,000 master points in his career. Jim was also a lover of the Arts with endowments to the Orlando Museum of Arts and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Jim Mahaffey is survived by his wife, Terry of many years, his sons James (Jimmy) W. Mahaffey,Jr, & William H. Mahaffey & daughter Mary Montgomery Mahaffey. Another son, Robert K. Mahaffey predeceased his father. Jim Mahaffey is survived by three grandchildren, Trey, Montgomery, and Texys Mahaffey. Surviving siblings include Ann M. McGrath, Katheryn (Kate) M. Esterline and his brother, Mark T. Mahaffey.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 2 PM. at St. Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church. Reception to follow at the Mahaffey residence.
Please follow all safety guidelines with masks, and social distancing.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32803.
- The Orlando Museum of Art
Thursday, July 9, 2020
James W. Mahaffey
July 25, 2020
My sincerest condolences to Mrs. Mahaffey and the family. My name is Joseph and l had the pleasure of working for Mr.Mahaffey and Mrs Mahaffey on Lake Como for 5 beautiful summers. I came to know the whole family and a slew of their friends who they had invited as guests during those years.
From the first time l met him he was always so polite, kind and generous and even though he would growl from time to time he always came back with a disarming smile and made everyone feel at ease. A friendship began and we stayed in touch throughout the years . I know he was fond of playing bridge ,so l would like to think he is up there somewhere in the middle of a tournament. The summers on Lake Como were never the same without the Mahaffeys. He will be truly missed but not forgotten. Your friend Joseph
May 17, 2020
HELLLO TERRY AND FAMILY I HAVE ASKED OUR GOD AND SAVIOR TO FORGIVE ME FOR A VERY INAPPROPRIATE MEMORY THAT I WROTE FOR JIM.JIM WAS A FRIEND THAT I TOOK OUT TO LUNCH AND VISITED HIM IN THE WINTER PARK HOSPITAL . JIM WAS ALWAYS AVAILABLE WHEN I NEEDED TO TALK.ESPECIALLY AFTER MY CONCUSSION. JIM I HAVE GREAT MEMORIES OF THE MANY TIMES U ENCOURAGES ME. TERRY PLEASE FORGIVE ME LOVE WAYNE
March 23, 2020
I'm wanting to express my deepest sympathies to the family in the loss of Mr. Jim Mahaffey, I had the privilege of knowing him through my mother, Deane Brandt when she was the comptroller for over 20 years. My mother was made to feel like family as he stood by her during her later years of declining health and I always appreciated that she had him to count on when I was working out of state.
I will always have fond memories of our time living at the Carlton Arms properties in Orlando/Winter Park and wish the family success in carrying on in Jim's memory!
Hugh & Jeanmarie McGowan
March 15, 2020
Jim’s obituary and his sincere love for his family and his community would make his Mom and Dad very proud and happy. The Mahaffey family (through Tom Senior’s vision, and Jim & Mark’s dedication and leadership) has left an indelible mark on the state of Florida and all those who are privileged to know the Mahaffey family.
Jim definitely had a full life with his love of family and tradition, his community involvement and his varied interests. His mother and father would be so very proud of him.
Jim and Mark have remained so close as brothers and partners. Their loyalty and respect for each other are examples to all who know them. They even have symbols that represent them to each other and are important to their lives - like their “personal trademark.”
Jim will be missed, but never forgotten.
Our love and prayers are with all the Mahaffey family,
Hugh and Jeanmarie McGowan
March 15, 2020
JIM WAS A FRIEND WHO CALLED ME AT LEAST 6 TIMES TO PERSUADE ME TOB BUILD LAKE NORA ARMS . A GREAT SUCCESS AND I MADE A LOT OF MONEY JIM ALSO TOOK ME TO USEPPA ISLAND FOR A FUN WEEKEND. HE WANTED ME TO BUY A HOME ON THE ISLND.THE KILLER ON HIS GREAT IDEA IS THEY DO NOT ALLOW CARS ON THE ISLAND. I MUST HAVE A PLACE TO DRIVE MY FERRARIS , MASERATI AND PORSCHE,S GREAT MEMORIES WAYNE NELSON
Robert & Theresa Desautels
March 15, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are for Jim, Terry and the whole Mahaffey. Jim’s success with the Mahaffey Company has provided not only unique and architecturally based living units, but has provided an economic boom for a substantial part of central and western Florida!
March 14, 2020
Jim was my boss for 41 years. In addition to being kind, thoughtful and generous...he had a great sense of humor and was so funny.
If they ever create a sarcasm font...it would look like his initials....JWM.
In the early days he would leave me written instructions and then call to ask if I had read his “love notes”.
To this day some of us still use that term for explanations.
My best memory of JWM...?
If there was a situation where you would try to talk with him about colleagues unkindly...he would stop you from doing so.
After 41 years of hard work and laughter, you just become family and friends ...this is what happens. He ALWAYS greeted you with a smile.
Based on that... I will say goodbye, Godspeed and love to you JWM.
I will miss you ❤️🕊🙏