James Albert McMahon


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – James Albert McMahon, 83, died Jan. 5, at Skyline Hospital.

He was the son of Vincent and Rose (Roy) McMahon of Madawaska, and was a native of Maine until 1990. He was educated in Madawaska schools, he served in the U.S. Army spending four years in the European Theater during World War II, and held the rank of master sergeant. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon, the Good Conduct and Victory medals.

After his discharge from the service, he was employed in Connecticut and South Portland. He graduated from Auburn Mid State College in 1946, while married to Frances Piselli McMahon, while working in the Augusta office for the Internal Revenue Service as agent and pension trust administrator until his retirement after 30 years.

He then did private consultant work and was appointed commissioner of Veterans Affairs for the state of Maine. Socially, he was a life member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Disabled American Veterans, former state commander and national executive committeeman of the American Legion, the Elks, Sons of Italy, St. Patrick’s Men’s Club, Calumet Club and since 1978, served as chairman of the National Employment Commission.

His hobbies were hunting, fishing, gardening and travel.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Gibbs Dalton McMahon of Madison, Tenn.; daughters, Anne Marie McMahon of West Palm Beach, Fla. and Grace V. McMahon of Auburn; a son, Thomas J. McMahon, and his wife, Debra Gardner, of Augusta; two grandchildren, Holly and Kevin McMahon of Augusta; his brother, Louis McMahon of Chicago, Ill.; his sisters, Helen McMahon Whitman of Wallingford, Conn. and Margaret McMahon Stirk of Northboro, Mass.

He was predeceased by his son, Vincent J. McMahon; his parents; brothers, Frank and Clifford McMahon; and sister, Barbara Laskowski.