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Robert J. Mahar

November 7, 2012 12:10 am

Robert J. Mahar

Robert John Mahar, 75, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 at Westminster Nursing Center after a long illness.

Bob, as he was known to his friends, leaves his wife of 45 years, Beryl "Bunny" Mahar; sons Anthony Mahar and Robert Mahar Jr.; daughters Cindy Hayes, Suzy Hall, Rebecca Kinson Napier and Jane Henshaw; 18 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and brother David Mahar.

He was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Marian Mahar; sister Barbara Mahar; and son "Cottie" Riggs.

Bob joined the Navy Reserve while still in high school and served for 12 years in the Navy. He met his wife working at the Pentagon during his Navy career. He left the Navy to run his parents' hotel in Lowville, N.Y., when his father became ill. Returning to the Northern Virginia area years later, he worked as office manager for a construction company that built part of the D.C. Area Metro. He also drove a taxi in Arlington. After retirement, he spent several years performing traffic surveys for the Council of Governments.

Bob was a member of the VFW, an avid fisherman, a photographer and a beginner banjo player. He was always willing to step up and help another. He was an active member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church for 32 years and served in many ways, including 16 years as the co-chair and co-founder of the Older Adults Ministry.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Cokesbury United Methodist Church. Donations may be made to Cokesbury UMC, 14806 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, Va. 22191.

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