Cornelius Creedon Maher Jr. died at home in Monument Beach on June 3 at the age of 100.
He was the husband of Hester S. Maher for 64 years. His wife died in June 2012.
The son of Cornelius Creedon Maher and Camille Thompson Maher, he was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was a 1943 graduate of Fordham University.
Mr. Maher served in the US Army Air Corps with the 384th Bomb Group during and after World War II. While serving, he was pilot of the B-17 bomber, the Pauline, based at Grafton Underwood in England.
During the war, he and Hester Eleanor Sullivan were introduced through the mail by Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, New York, by his aunt and her sister, who decided they would make a good match. The couple were married April 10, 1948, at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Brooklyn.
Mr. Maher had a more than 30-year career with United Fruit Co., managing operational logistics for Chiquita Bananas and in the process moving his young family to Newton. In his final role at that company, he directed the philanthropic activity of the company’s foundation, supporting schools and hospitals in Central America.
In Newton he was active with Boy Scout Troop 331 and during that time, the troop produced 17 Eagle Scouts, including his three sons. Most of those Eagles mustered on a Zoom call to celebrate his 100th birthday in January.
He and his wife fully retired in 1990, moving to Monument Beach.
In retirement, Mr. Maher spent many pleasurable days with friends in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-2, where he was known as a smart and funny raconteur. He also loved to troll for trout in the kettle-hole ponds of the Cape.
He leaves his sons, Cornelius Creedon Maher III, Peter Sullivan Maher and Patrick Francis Maher; a daughter, Anne Camille Talley; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and extended family.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church in Pocasset.
Burial was at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.