Rodney Manly Mahoney
April 22, 1947–Feb. 17, 2021
Rodney Manly Mahoney passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones at the age of 73 on Feb. 17, 2021. Rod was born in Hollywood, California on April 22, 1947, son of Charles and Eleanor Mahoney. He grew up in Southern California, enjoying the beaches, boating, and fishing up the coastline and around Catalina Island in the family cabin cruiser. He graduated from Tustin High School, where he developed his love of music while playing drums for the high school band, and then went on to Santa Ana College.
Rod moved to Sonoma in 1974 and earned his contractor’s license at the age of 35. He worked as a general contractor in Sonoma County for 39 years and was well known as a master craftsman in his trade. His honest, hard-working, generous, and dependable nature made him well known in his community.
Family was incredibly important to Rod. In addition to spending time with them, Rod enjoyed restoring classic cars and showing them at the Sonoma Fourth of July parade and local car shows. He continued his love of music, especially the blues, playing his bass guitar and drums. He also had a love for gardening. He was best known for his sense of humor and as a fan of local sports teams. He enjoyed getaways up the California coast and trips to Italy, France, and Ireland.
There was never an insurmountable challenge for Rod, even during his battle with cancer. Rod was greatly loved and will never be forgotten. He is survived by his partner Francine Sweeney; son Brook Mahoney and wife Diane; son Charlie Mahoney and wife Emilia; daughter Cedora Caletges and husband Justin; five grandchildren; sister Susan Tate; niece Tallison Moffatt and family; sister Pat Harrison; nephews Arthur and Alan Harrison and their families; and his loving Labrador, Sandy. He is preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Tracy, two brothers-in-law, and two nephews. A Celebration of Life will follow at a later date.