John James (Jack) Mahoney entered eternal life on May 20, 2021, due to heart complications. Jack was born on Oct. 9, 1933, to John and Edith Mahoney in Chicago Ill.
He attended Campion High School in Prairie Du Chien, Wis., graduating in 1952. He then attended College at St. Norbert in Green Bay Wis., Jack loved sports and had hopes of playing football. He did make it as far as a semi-pro team out of Stambaugh Mich., but soon he turned his efforts to working with his father in the family business of Mahoney Distributing and Mahoney Scavenger Services. The distributing company handled Hamm’s beer, and the scavenger business was once one of the largest privately owned waste disposal companies in the city of Chicago. He remained in the family business until 1971. In 1958, He married Alice Cameron of Massapequa N.Y. and they raised their five children together, in addition to being business partners. They would have been married 63 years this Oct. In 1971, he moved his family to Marquette Mich., Opening a bar and pizza place on Wright street called the “Brat House”. While the bar was quite popular with the college crowd, Jack decided to pursue a more sophisticated crowd and opened “The Cabaret” on the corner of Front St. and Bluff St. Jack continued his passion for football by doing some scouting for the Chicago Bears. He took several NMU players for tryouts with the Bears. After selling the bar he had a small store selling gourmet coffee and tobaccos. He left the Marquette area to relocate the business to De Pere, Wis., Which he operated until he retired and moved to Peshtigo, Wis.
He is survived by his wife: Alice, his children: Brian of Marquette, Maggie Mahoney (Joe VanLinden) of Marquette, Daniel (Elizabeth) of Carrolton, Ky., and Kate (Joe) Lapierre of Marinette, Also surviving him are his grandchildren Marcus Cochran of Green Bay, Kelly Mahoney of Cooks Mich., Tracy (Cory) Furst of Green Bay Wis., Cameron Mahoney of Louisville Ky., Brenna (Heather Campbell) Mahoney of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Alise Lapierre of Marinette; His great-grandchildren include: Jayden Campbell of Cincinnati, Ohio, Liam, Connor, and Nicholas Furst of Green Bay, and Ashur and Raelin Mahoney of Cooks, Mich. He was preceded in death by his brother: James and his son: John James Mahoney III.
A private family service will be held. To honor his memory, reconnect with and old friend and reminisce about old times, or smoke a good cigar.