New Year’s Eve, 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the deaths of Dr. Hugh, Ruth & John Mahoney. These three individuals were loved dearly by countless friends, neighbors, patients and colleagues. Their murder left the entire community in shock and changed the community forever. Maureen Mahoney decided last year that a Tribute in her family’s name would be a great honor to them. It would also be a way for the community to heal, to come together to remember and to take action so that a tragedy like this never happens again. This will be the first time that the family and the community come together collectively to pay tribute to Hugh, Ruth and John. October 21, 2015 will be an evening of sharing memories, stories, laughter and tears. Maureen is honored and humbled at the outpouring of support from the community. “This in itself is a gift and one that keeps my parent’s and John’s memory alive.”
Maureen and the Mahoney Tribute committee determined that supporting non-profit organizations in the Greater Lowell area who combat domestic violence would be the most effective use of the proceeds from the Tribute. This decision came from researching the causes influencing violence behavior and crime. Domestic violence has proven to be a leading cause in violent and criminal behavior. Maureen feels it is also a “vicious crime against the most vulnerable”. She also feels it is a great honor to her parents and her brother to squelch this crime. “My Mom, Dad and John were such loving, compassionate people. I know they would support this cause with us if they could”.
Mr. Edward Davis is the keynote speaker for the event. Davis has been in law enforcement for 35 years. He served as Police Commissioner in Boston from 2006 to 2013 and led the highly successful response to the Boston Marathon bombing. Prior to that he was Superintendent of the Lowell Police department for 12 years. Mr. Davis has administered 6 world championship celebrations and worked internationally on police issues throughout Europe and the mid East. Davis holds honorary doctorates from Northeastern University, Suffolk University and the University of MA.
All proceeds from the Tribute will be awarded to the following non-profit organizations who are implementing solutions to DV and abuse: UTEC (United Teens Equality Center), The Center for Hope and Healing, The Michael B. Christensen Center (part of the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council). Funding will also go to the Tewksbury Police Department’s Domestic Violence program.
Mahoney and committee are planning an event in 2016 which will be in the format of an educational panel. Several international experts on violence prevention, especially domestic violence prevention and advocacy will be invited to speak. More details will be provided early next year.