on November 12, 2001
When he wasn't busy battling flames, Robert McMahon, 35, whom
everyone called Bobby, liked to make things. He built a haunted
house for children with cancer. He painted landscapes and loved
photography. He could turn mute lumber into furniture of distinction.
Over at the Gate, a bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn, there is a
set of benches that he created for a friend, "beautiful, churchlike
benches," said Julie McMahon, his wife and the mother of their
two sons, Matthew, 2, and Patrick, 4 months old. Together they
bought the house in Queens that he grew up in, and he pulled
it apart and created a vastly improved version. "And he had
never done that before," Mrs. McMahon said. At his firehouse,
Ladder Company 20 on Lafayette Street, he was the one who set
up the Christmas tree every year, stringing it with lights.
He was a good cook, too, which meant clean plates and gratitude
all around. He could put together a company-size pan of lasagna
so impressive that somebody once slipped the recipe to GQ. "I
used to call him MacGyver," said his friend Mike Hopkins, who
worked with him for eight years, "because he pretty much could
do anything. If he didn't know how to do something, he would
do it anyway, and he would do it really well." Profile published
in THE NEW YORK TIMES on May 19, 2002. McMAHON-Robert D. (Bobby).
Member of Ladder 20, FDNY, who lost his life while heroically
saving others in the World Trade Center Disaster of September
11, 2001. Beloved husband of Julie (nee Siard). Devoted father
of Matthew Clifford, with Julie expecting their second child.
He will be remembered as a loving son to Irene Siroka, Robert
McMahon and his stepmother Nancy. Cherished brother of Andrew,
Irene, Tony, Damon, Michael, Peter McMahon, Michele Pomara and
Gina Giammarino (nee Ingrisano). As a member of a very large
family, he will be missed by his 4 nephews and one niece, many
cousins and his inlaws. Bobby was also a true friend to many,
he will be deeply missed & forever remembered. Reposing at the
Kennedy-Roth Funeral Homes, Inc. 41-45 58th Street Woodside,
NY Sunday 2-5, 7-9 P.M. His mass of Christian Burial will be
celebrated at the St. Sebastian R.C. Church Woodside, Monday
10:30 A.M. Interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery. Paid Notice
published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 9, 2001.
The Clan MacMahon (McMahon) Association