Alfred David Mahany, Jr.

January 14, 1926 - November 21, 2021
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Alfred David Mahany, Jr.

1/14/1926 – 11/21/2021


“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, Wow! What a Ride!”.  Hunter S. Thompson couldn’t have said it better.  Alfred (Al) Mahany, 95, of North Port, FL, formerly of West Islip, NY, enjoyed every minute of life and passed away, when he was ready, on November 21, 2021.

Al was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1926 to Alfred and Mazie Mahany, immigrants from the Middle East.  He was married to Catherine (Katie) Mahany in 1956.  She preceded him in death. His survivors include his daughter, Marie Ashway and her husband Ed of Venice, FL, his son Bill Mahany and his wife Denise of West Islip, NY; 4 grandchildren, Cristina, Edward, David, and Alexandra; and 2 great-grandchildren, Carter and Hazel.  Al’s eldest son, Alfred C. Mahany, formally of Bay Shore, NY, preceded him in death.

Al proudly served in the US Navy from 1944-1946 as a Machinist’s Mate. His journey with the Navy included life aboard ship in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Post-Navy, Al started his own business, Sal-Ma Instrument Corp. of Deer Park, NY, where he was President and operator until 2017, when he retired at the young age of 91 and moved to Florida.  Sal-Ma, aka “the shop” was one of Al’s greatest passions.  He crafted many custom precision parts for both the private sector and government agencies, including components for the Hubble Space Telescope.

Al was an avid fisherman and boater.  He spent many happy hours chasing fish on the Great South Bay, Long Island, and the ocean waters in and near the Fire Island Inlet.   He was a great teacher, sharing his fishing, boating, and mechanical skills (boats do break) with his children and grandchildren.  Al also enjoyed bowling, a sport he shared with his son Bill.

A generous and loving man, Al had a full life and will be missed by the many people whose lives he touched.  Memorial donations in Al’s name may be made to The Tidewell Foundation, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238, or contact Tidewell at, 855-Tidewell.

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Born: January 14, 1926
July 6, 1970
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Died: November 21, 2021

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Judy posted on 11/24/21

Dearest Father in heaven, Thank you for blessing the early but formative years of my life with the very present energy that was Alfred David Mahany! Truly a gift that thru magical memory moments etched in me valuable IMPORTANT life lessons.. Like .. it's a TABLEspoon not a teaspoon of coffee per cup. When waxing your boat.. the job MUST be completed and thorough. Even if your arms get too tired, scooting our butts w Terry shorts (no buttons) will get the job finished. Oh and most important life lesson... NEVER EVER throw Mr. ALS favorite pole overboard just because there are 2 eels caught on the spreader hooks thru their middles. God speed Mr. AL and please give Mama Kay my love.


Elyse Walker posted on 11/23/21

I will always remember the fishing trip catching the first sea trout on Mr. Al's boat as a teenager. He was always fun to be around and lived his family. He is missed greatly. Love, Elyse(Lehrman) Walker


Sandy Shelton posted on 11/23/21

To my friend Al. It was a pleasure being able to be one of your caregivers these last 3 years. We sure shared a lot of good times together. Listening to all your stories of your life was always fun. When you would say “Thank You” when we did something for you that just made me happy cuz you were always appreciated what was being done for you. Al you were a great man and I say Rest In Peace. Hopefully I will see you again. LOVE Always.