Peter Clinton “Pete” Mahony, 88, of Fincastle, formerly of Miller Place, N.Y., passed away Tuesday, August 17, 2021.
Pete was born in Oceanside, N.Y. and grew up in Baldwin, N.Y. He was the son of the late Joseph V. and Mary C. Bettman Mahony.
Pete was a graduate of Millersville State Teachers College (Millersville University) and received his master’s at New York University. He raised his family in Miller Place, N.Y., and taught history and social studies for many years at Centereach School District on Long Island, N.Y., for more than 30 years. After moving to Botetourt in 1992, he was a substitute teacher in retirement for Botetourt Schools. Pete had a real love of history and participated in Civil War re-enactments. He was very civic-minded and enjoyed the Fincastle area. Pete was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and was a veteran of The United States Army, serving in Germany.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Deborah Mahony; and six siblings. Pete is survived by his wife of 67 years, Bette L. Oberdorfer Mahony; sons, Peter Clinton Mahony Jr. of Charlotte, N.C. and Brian Peter (Rebecca) Mahony of Greensboro, N.C.; daughters, Diane Fitzgerald of Roanoke, Eileen (Thomas) O’Toole of Charlotte, N.C., and Megan (Christopher) Murray of Roanoke; 17grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and one sister, Kathleen Pierce of Long Island, N.Y.
A memorial service honoring Pete’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 28 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Roanoke Street in Fincastle. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Botetourt Food Pantry, c/o St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 277, Fincastle, 24090; or to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at the same address. Online condolences may be made to Pete’s family at www.rader-funeralhome.com/tributes/Peter-Mahony.