Charles "Chuckie" Francis Mahoney IV
May 7, 1981 - February 11, 2002
Chuckie was many things to many different people. He was a leader, a friend, compassionate towards others, intelligent, fun, pleasant, had great sense of humor and an ornery disposition, and he loved sports and competition. Chuck hated to lose, had a strong work ethic, was loyal, he never quit no matter how bad things got and his energy was boundless. He hated injustice and wasn’t afraid to express his opinions.
Chuck loved all sports, in particluar, he loved football, basketball and baseball, in which he lettered in all three in high school. Eventually, he had to quit baseball, as it got harder to devote his time to all three. He played football and basketball for the Burgettstown Blue Devils from 1996-99. In his junior and senior years, he played quarterback for the football team and served as captain for both teams. He was awarded both the McElheney Award for football and the Stanish Award for basketball, one of few to win both.
Chuck was also a member of the National Honor Society from seventh through twelfth grade and served as vice-president for this group, as well as vice-president for his class for four years. He was voted Snowball King in his freshman year and Prom Prince in his senior year. He had a bright smile and his kindness and non-judgemental nature won him many friends.
While a student at Allegheny College, he became a member of the football team for two years and was vice-president of his fraternity (SAE), all while working a campus job and keeping dean’s list average. Hard work was a part of who he was.
During the summer months, Chuck worked for Judge Thomas Gladden in the family court at the Washington County Courthouse. He loved children and his main dream was to become a child advocate lawyer to protect those too young to have a voice. This was no surprise, as chuck always fought for the underdog. His love of children began while a student in high school. His community service work entailed reading and tutoring at the local elementary school. It was one of his favorite things to do. There is a bronze placque hanging in the Burgettstown Elementary Library in his honor.
Chuck had many interests. He enjoyed playing golf and tennis with his friends and family, as well as reading literary classics and poetry. He wrote his own poetry; many poems were found after his death and some have been published. He taught himself to play the guitar. He enjoyed music of many eras, in particular, groups of the 80’s. His favorites were “Every Rose” by Poison and “Pour Some Sugar” by Def Leppard.
Chuck loved his family and constantly worried about the welfare of his older sister and younger brother. Chuck was responsible, reliable, and highly sensitive. To sum it all up, the world has lost a very special person who would have made great contributions had he have had the chance.