AUGUSTA – James John Mahaney, 80, of Sunrise Circle, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, at the Maine Veterans’ Home after a brief illness. He was born Jan. 20, 1926, in Brewer, a son of the late Edward P. and Mary A. (Delaney) Mahaney. Mr. Mahaney was a graduate of John Bapst High School, Higgins Classical Institute and the University of Maine -Orono. Mr. Mahaney was a former teacher and coach at Higgins Classical Institute, Charleston. He retired as chief of corrective therapy of the rehabilitation medicine service at the Veterans’ Administration Medical and Regional Office Center, Togus, after 33 years of service at the center. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in Italy during the war. He was a life member and three term past commander of Fitzgerald-Cum-mings Post 2 American Legion, Augusta; a life member of the VFW Post 887, Augusta; and a life member of John F. McPherson Chapter One Disabled American Veterans’, Augusta. Mr. Mahaney was a third degree member and honorary life member of Abnaki Council No. 334 Knights of Columbus, Augusta; a member of the National Federation of Retired Federal Employees and a former member of the Kennebec County Sheriffs Association; the American Corrective Therapy Association; the Augusta Babe Ruth Commission; and the Maine State Guard Co. A, Gardiner. He was predeceased by two brothers, Edward Mahaney in 1979 and Thomas Mahaney in 2003. Mr. Mahaney is survived by his wife of 54 years, June E. Mahaney of Augusta; a son, Michael Mahaney and his companion, Margie Dugal, of South China; three daughters, Mary A. Mahaney-Nickerson and her companion, Michael Parquette, of Belgrade, Catherine Goranson and her husband, Jeffrey, of Cumberland and Theresa E. Mahaney of Readfield; four grandchildren, James Nickerson, Erik Goranson, Hillary Goranson and Maureen Mahaney; as well as a niece, three nephews and several cousins. Visiting hours are 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at St. Andrews Catholic Church. Burial will be at Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Augusta. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Andrews Capitol Campaign, care of Augusta/Gardiner Pastoral Center, P.O. Box 555, Augusta, ME 04330. Condolences to the family may be expressed via the funeral home website at