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“Thinking of you and Bill during this time, Lynn, and remembering the good times you've talked about with your Dad and Mom at the river and at...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Jen Nauen - Newark, DE - Friend

“Hi Lynn and Bill. So very sad to hear about this today. The world is truly less bright without your father in it. Such a kind and gentle soul. ...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Jane Furbeck-Owen - Harpswell, ME

“Our condolences on the loss of your father. He lived his life fully , doing what he enjoyed most and being with his loved ones. Our deepest sympathy,...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Tony and carol ann McCreavy - MD

“Lynn,My father sent me the article on your dad. Please know I am sorry for your loss. I can remember coming over to your house in the winter months...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Sarah Cashman-Gersky - Woodbury, CT

“Always a smile and a hug at every meeting - he was a true gentleman and true Rotarian - it was my honor and pleasure to have known him over these...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Sue Hastings - Newark, DE

“From the members of the Wilmington-West Rotary Club we send our deepest sympathy at the passing of Hugh. We ALWAYS enjoyed when he visited our club...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Lisa Cameron - Wilmington, DE

“Mr. Mahhaffy was a wonderful engineer. The State was blessed to have his talents helping us maintain and fix our buildings. He will be sorely missed. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Mark DeVore - Dover

“Lynn and William: Your father was a wonderful and pleasant man and I enjoyed knowing him over the past several years. Please accept my sincere...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Sherman Townsend - Dover, DE

“Lynn, always a favorite student, introduced me to her father while a student at TH. I knew he was a good man through Lynn's open and aspiring...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Gary Bryant - Wilmington, DE

“Today's paper carried sad news. I knew Hugh since 1957 when I worked for the Architectural firm of Whiteside, Moeckel, and Carbonell. He was a good...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Rich Wilson - Wilmington, DE

“Hugh had quiet strength. He was a very nice man. He and Ruth were good to a young couple. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: C Grant - Chesapeake City, MD

Hugh M. Mahaffy
Age: 95, Wilmington
Devoted father and loving husband

On Friday, July 21, 2017 Hugh M. Mahaffy died from injuries incurred in an accidental fall.

Hugh was pleased to note that he was a fourth generation Wilmingtonian and had effectively lived in only two houses during his life. He attended Tower Hill School where he played all sports but most notably football. Following that, he earned his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at Lafayette College and joined the Consulting Engineering firm of Robert P. Shoenijahn in Wilmington after a very brief interval in Baltimore. Eventually he and a partner bought the firm and he ran it with a variety of partners until his retirement at age 85.

He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Broadwater who died in 2011 of Parkinson's disease after 54 years of marriage. Hugh was a dedicated husband and a loving father to his two children: H. William and Lynn A.

In 1961 he joined The Rotary Club of Wilmington and had an amazing 56 years of perfect attendance! He lived his life by the principles of a Rotarian and the 4 way test. He was dedicated to the organizations that he joined, being active and involved in most of them for the entirety of his adult life.

He was an active member of numerous organizations including the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the Delaware Association of Professional Engineers (DAPE) for whom he enjoyed proctoring exams. Hugh earned numerous awards and accolades from a range of organizations throughout his career and was an active member of Silverside Church (formerly Second Baptist Church) for all of his life. He was also a volunteer with the YMCA for many years and for the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation where he contributed enormous time and effort to the construction of Delaware's Tall Ship.

Hugh was an avid and skilled sailor, having initially picked up the sport in summer camp in NY state and was a member of the Wilmington Sail and Power Squadron, serving as its Commander in 1960. He also enjoyed his association with the Georgetown Racing Fleet and the Elk River Yacht Club both of which gave him outlets to race sailboats and otherwise interact with other boaters. He participated in numerous sailboat races and offshore boat deliveries along the East coast. He loved being around the water in any capacity, whether at his family's summer place in Rehoboth or helping run his father-in-law's boat basin early in his marriage and thereafter puttering about, mowing and burning leaves at his cottage on the Elk River.

He is survived by his two children; son H. William of Charlestown, MD and daughter Lynn of Wilmington as well as grandchildren Arin and Brody Mahaffy.

A Celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Silverside Church, 2800 Silverside Rd, Wilmington at 3pm followed by a reception. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403 ( or to an organization that you believe exemplifies his interests and values.