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Edward Christopher Mahan

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Of Melrose.  In loving memory, we mourn the loss of Edward Christopher Mahan, a cherished husband, father, and grandfather. Edward passed away peacefully on July 1, 2023, at the age of 84.

He was born on April 9, 1939, in Malden, MA to Christopher and Helen (Daly) Mahan. He grew up and raised his family in Malden before moving into the longtime family home in Melrose.

With honor, Ed served his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force. He was a proud, 30-year member of Ironworkers Local 7. He was a model character known for his selflessness and willingness to help others. Whether it was a small project or a grand undertaking, Ed was always there, supporting those around him. Family members and friends benefited from his guidance and support as he assisted them in projects, bringing his “Jack-of-all-trades” and “fixer of everything” abilities to every situation / “crisis.”

Ed was a loving husband and devoted father whose love for family was unwavering. He will be remembered for his gentle nature, twinkling blue eyes, rosy cheeks, and warm smile. Ed leaves behind a rich tapestry of memories and a lasting impact on all those fortunate enough to have known him.

Edward is survived by his devoted wife of 59 years, Brenda (Campbell) Mahan. Loving father to Michael & Anna Mahan of Woburn, Kathleen Breslin & George Karelas both of Danvers, Erin & Christopher Bennett of Wakefield, and Colleen & John Santos of Bridgewater. He was a cherished “Grampy” to his eight grandchildren: Shannon Breslin, Ryan, Sean, & Allison Mahan, Caroline & John Bennett, and John & Andrew Santos. He is survived by his sister, Eleanor Gajewski, and sister-in-law, Constance Mahan. He was predeceased by his siblings, Kristen Hawley & James Mahan, and grandchildren Edward & Matthew Santos. Ed also leaves behind numerous beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. His memory will forever live on in our hearts, minds and at the “Friday afternoon board meetings.”

As we mourn his passing, let us celebrate the legacy of Edward C. Mahan, a remarkable individual whose kindness and wisdom will continue to inspire us. He was a good-hearted, generous man who cared for others over himself. Ed’s departure has left an irreplaceable void in the lives of those who held him dear. May his soul find eternal peace.

Visiting hours will be held at Gately Funeral Home 79 W. Foster Street, Sunday, July 9, 2023 from 2:00PM – 6:00PM. A funeral mass to celebrate Ed’s life will be held on Monday, July 10, 2023 at 10AM at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main Street, Wakefield. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the Veterans Association. Donations can be made at: https://www.pay.gov/public/form/start/52253675 To leave an online message of condolence please visit gatelyfh.com.

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