Remembering Bill Mahaffey – Founding and Long-Time Board Member

William T. Mahaffey II age 79, passed away peacefully at his residence on May 16, 2023. Mahaffey was one of the founding members of the Columbus Municipal Association of Government Employees (CMAGE), known today as CWA Local 4502.  Mahaffey was instrumental in the union’s formation and eventual affiliation with CWA. He was a long-term board member and a champion of the professional workers in the city of Columbus – they had gone several years with no pay increases prior to the formation of CMAGE. He dedicated 19 years to the cause and served the city for 37 years, working in the Division of Water. He was a US Army Veteran, an active board member with The National Management Association (Columbus Public Service Chapter), a die-hard Buckeye and Yankee fan, an avid gardener, and outdoorsman.

“CWA Local 4502 is broken-hearted at the news of our brother Bill Mahaffey’s passing. Bill was very instrumental in the organizing of the Columbus Municipal Association of Government Employees (CMAGE) and in CMAGE’s affiliation with CWA. He was an original member of our Retirees Chapter. Bill was a friend, confidante, and mentor. I signed my union card because of Bill. Bill is remembered as being quick with a joke, having a positive outlook, and always knowing the right thing to say. I was priviledged to work with Bill and will miss him greatly.” Susan Wilson, President CWA Local 4502.

Friends will be received Friday, May 26, 2023 from 2-6 pm, at the MAEDER-QUINT-TIBERI FUNERAL HOME, 1068 South High Street. Burial is at 10 am Wednesday, May 31 at St. Joseph Cemetery – Our Mother of Sorrows Chapel, 6440 South High Street.

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In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans at