Charles F. Mahoney of Falmouth, who had a dental practice in Winchester prior to his retirement, died May 15 from complications of COVID-19. He was 92.
He was the husband of 66 years of Joan T. (Steeves) Mahoney. The two met as camp counselors at the Somerville Recreation Department’s summer program and wed in 1953.
Dr. Mahoney had a strong sense of social justice, believing that he should give back to those less fortunate than himself. He provided volunteer dental services for many years to the Medical Missionaries of Mary in Winchester, and did the same for rural residents of Honduras as part of Cape Cares Central American Relief Efforts.
He participated in Alcoholics Anonymous and was an active member of the recovery community in Massachusetts for more than 35 years. He served for many years with the CDAD Health and Wellness Committee of the Massachusetts Dental Society, which supports dentists with substance abuse issues. The society presented him with its Health and Wellness award in 2016.
Born in Somerville, he was the son of Francis and Eileen Mahoney. He attended Boston College High School, Boston College and then Tufts University Dental School, graduating in 1954.
He served as a commissioned naval officer at the Norfolk, Virginia, Naval Station from 1955 to 1956. Afterward, he and his wife returned to Somerville and, in 1958, moved to Winchester.
Dr. Mahoney established his dental practice in Winchester, and he and his wife raised their five children there. He was a longtime member of the Winchester Rotary Club and served as its president from 1979 to 1980.
In 1993, the couple moved to Falmouth, initially living here on a part-time basis and then settling permanently at their home in Sippewissett. Dr. Mahoney served as a summer tour guide at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole for many years, retiring only when he reached his late 80s.
He read extensively about politics, science and history, and watched every televised game of the Boston Red Sox each baseball season.
In addition to his wife, he leaves one sibling, Sister Gertrude Mahoney, SND, of Ipswich; his children, Katherine Mahoney of Montclair, New Jersey, Elizabeth Mahoney of Cumberland, Maine, Joan Mahoney Murcko of Arlington, Charles Mahoney of Needham and Richard Mahoney of Denver, Colorado; 10 grandchildren; and other family.
A small service for family members was to be private, with a celebration of his life planned for a later date.