Thomas Mahler Obituary - Grand Prairie, TX

grand prairie, Texas -On the evening of Saturday, Apr. 30, 2011, our beloved Dad, Thomas F. Mahler, left this world to join our Mom in heaven.

A resident of Grand Prairie, Texas, formerly of Lawrenceville, N.J., our father Tom was an amazing man who loved God, his children, his friends, his job, a good Manhattan on the rocks and the hardest crossword puzzles known to man! He lived his faith each day, never met a stranger, all became a friend, please know he carried you all in his heart.

Our Dad showed us through this yearlong struggle with the effects of cancer to keep going, no matter what is presented to you, there are always miracles and happy times ahead.

This fighting spirit and his faith in God are the legacy he leaves to his children, Kathleen and Rick Boykin of Plano, Texas, Chris and Laurie Mahler of Lawrenceville, N.J., Thomas and Debbie Mahler of Philadelphia, Stephanie and Brent Dalton of Lawrenceville, N.J. and Jonathon Mahler of Trenton, N.J.; his grandchildren who adored him, Skylar and Taylor Boykin, Brandon and Madison Mahler, Zack and Ethan Mahler, Avery, Grayson and finally his spitfire Emerson Dalton.

He was predeceased by his wife of 40 years, Kay (Cookie), his brothers, Joseph and William, his sister, Mary Ellen, and his parents.

Left to keep the Mahler candle burning is his loving sister, Barbara, who kept him on his toes and in stitches throughout his illness.

An outside sale and event planner for the Ducky Bob’s Corp. he was also a member of the Fort Worth Hotel Assoc., dallas Safari Club, the arlington Elks Club, and The Masons of Fort Worth.

The family would like to acknowledge Dr. Scott Fleishauer, Dr. Ben Bowers of Arlington. Our hearts will never forget the staff of Baylor Institute of Rehabilitation, specifically Dr. Amy Wilson and Dr. De Leon and their staff whose compassion and depth of understanding of the needs of our father’s care was an answer to prayer. Our Dad was able to regain a quality of life we never thought possible, we are so very grateful.

We ask all friends and family that, in lieu of cards and flowers, if it be within your means a contribution may be made to Baylor Institute of Rehabilitation in our father’s name, specifically to assist patients who struggle with the need for extensive wound care. Donations can be sent to Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation, c/o Wound Care Center, 909 N. Washington Ave., Dallas, Texas 75246.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. Friday (May 6) at the Church of St. Ann, 1253 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, N.J. Burial will follow in the Lawrenceville cemetery.

There will be no calling hours at the funeral home.

A celebration of life will take place in May at Blessed Sacrament Church in Arlington, Texas, with a true Irish party at our Dad’s favorite watering hole, Sherlock’s, immediately following the Mass. We ask that all friends come and share in a day of happy memories and stories about the life and times of this amazing man, Thomas F. Mahler.

Arrangements are under the direction of Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Directors, Lawrenceville. To leave a condolence for the family please visit


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