Evergreen Barbershoppers, we mourn the passing of Bob Mahony - a great friend and champion singer within the Seattle SeaChordsmen chorus.
Please join in a celebration of Bob's life, and history within BHS friend and as a quartet champion.
For over 60 years, Bob brought many special barbershop moments to friends and family alike.
This is an open invitation to all to remember his life of musical harmony.
Date: Saturday, October 7th
Time: Noon - 2:00 PM
Place: Queen Anne Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall, 2011 1st Avenue North, Seattle WA 98109
If you are in contact with any of Bob's family, friends, or non-SeaChordsmen barbershop members please pass on this notice.
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Robert “Bob” Mahony
March 5, 1927 – August 3, 2017
One of the Evergreen District’s greats has gone to join the celestial choir.
Bob joined the Seattle SeaChordsmen in 1955 and continued singing with them off and on for most of his adult life. He was a “Barbershopper’s barbershopper” all his life. If he ever found himself in a location without a barbershop chorus to sing with, he simply started one—even in Guantanamo Bay, where he lived in the 1960s.
Bob was a member of the Narragansett Bay chapter during the late 1980s and competed with them at International in 1987. In 1987 while singing Baritone with the Close Harmony Tradition quartet, he won the International Seniors Quartet championship (the second year that Close Harmony Tradition competed).
In 1996, after Bob and the other members of Close Harmony Tradition were inducted into the Evergreen District Hall of Fame, he wore his green jacket with pride at every event.
When Ted Chamberlain, current director of the SeaChordsmen, first joined the Barbershop Harmony Society, Bob was the director of the SeaChordsmen.
“Bob represents the best of what barbershop is all about: Kindness, Acceptance, Fun-loving. He was a marvelous mentor, teacher, director, coach, and quartet singer. Combined with his signature ‘look’—a handlebar mustache and joyful smile—he was an iconic monument of barbershop harmony. I feel incredibly blessed to have known him and even more so, to have been his friend.”
Ed Dierdorff, Historian Emeritus of the Evergreen district, said: “Bob Mahony was a chestnut of knowledge about the society in its early years. He and his brother sang together and music was always a great part of his life. Bob Mahony always loved singing a ballad and ringing a toe-tapping rhythm song. As a Director of the Seattle SeaChordsmen and a board member who held most every position, he was very knowledgeable about the chapter and the society. I definitely miss his presence, the joy of singing beside his wonderful baritone, and carpooling with him to weekly SeaChordsmen meetings, shows and events.”
Bob’s son John stopped by the SeaChordsmen shortly after his passing to share stories of his father with the chorus. Bob Woodruff shared “Bob’s Riser—for the guys in the back” with him.
In honor of Bob’s memory, next time you are with your respective quartets and chorsuses, please sing his favorite polecat: “Sweet, Sweet Roses of Morn” - It'll bring all of us a smile as we remember this great member of our district.