Philadelphia, May 3, 2013 – Longtime Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce executive Joseph W. Mahoney, Jr. passed away last night. Joe has been part of the Chamber family for over 20 years as well as a leader in our city and region.


“Joe cared passionately about our city and region. Whatever the issue, Joe would often be the first to lend a hand or give an opinion,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “He worked hard every day on behalf of the business community, cared greatly about city policies and always gave of his time to make things better for all of us. I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing away, and ask that we keep his wife Patty and their family in our prayers. We have lost a good man, and we will greatly miss him.”


Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Rob Wonderling said “The passing of Joe Mahoney is a tremendous loss to the city and region. Joe made a difference in the lives of so many people throughout our community. He loved Philadelphia and will be greatly missed by all who had the honor to know him.”


Joe joined the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce in 1990, after having served 9 years on the staff of U.S. Congressman R. Lawrence Coughlin (R.- PA). He served as Executive Vice President and oversaw the Chamber’s Public Policy activities at the federal, state and city levels as well as outreach to the county governments in the surrounding counties. He graduated from St. Joseph’s University and served as the Chair of the Haub School of Business’ Board of Visitors.


Joe is survived by his mother Edna, his wife Patricia McElwee Mahoney, two brothers Rev. Shawn Mahoney and Dennis and Josephine Mahoney, and six nieces and nephews. He resided in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.


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Additional Contact: Liz Ferry, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, 215-790-3794,

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