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Waltham – Mr. Ambrose Harold "Red" McMahon, of Waltham, died Friday, September 29, 2017 at the E.N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford. He was 93.

Red was born in Cambridge on May 21, 1924, a son of the late Patrick and Nora (Hanley) McMahon. He spent part of his childhood living in Limerick, Ireland before returning to the United States as a teenager living with his family in Brighton.

He was a 1943 graduate of Brighton High School and soon after joined the United States Navy where he served for the duration of World War II. After the war Red went to school on the newly created 'GI Bill' and graduated from Wagner Art College in Boston.

Creative by nature and having a talent for drawing he became a commercial art designer and for years was in charge of setting up displays for area stores and trade shows and worked well into his seventies. Red also found time to catch up with his buddies a few times a week on the links at Fresh Pond Golf Course in Cambridge.

In 1946 he married his sweetheart, Cambridge native Mary Rita Flanagan, in Blessed Sacrament Church in Central Square. The couple made Cambridge their home before moving to Waltham in 1962. They enjoyed fifty-five happy years before Rita's death in 2001.

He leaves his children, Brian J. McMahon and his wife, Carol, of Waltham and Maureen R. Gaudet and her husband, Allan, of Glastonbury, Connecticut; his grandchildren, Kevin McMahon and his wife, Tracy, Timothy McMahon and his wife, Ashley, Marc Gaudet and his wife, Leah, and Scott Gaudet and his wife, Rachel; his great-grandchildren, Declan, Bennett, Eleanor and Fiona McMahon and Kaylin, Colin, Brayden, Sophia and Evan Gaudet; his brother, Philip McMahon of Beaufort, South Carolina and many nieces and nephews.

Red was also a brother of Mary Donlan, William McMahon and Thomas McMahon.

Family and friends will honor and remember Red's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Tuesday, October 3rd from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Jude Church, 147 Main Street, Waltham where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Saint Patrick's Cemetery, Watertown.