Paul McMahon of South Weymouth Leaves a Legacy to Remember a Dear Friend Lost to Lung Cancer

Insurance policies totaling $4,800 bequeathed in memory of the late Bill Lundy of Roslindale

Mr. McMahon photoPlanning for what happens after we have passed on, isn’t something most people want to discuss.  It can be uncomfortable to face our own mortality.  Choosing how we want to be remembered and what we want to leave behind not only requires some soul searching on our part, it requires planning, conversations with family and friends and time to implement the plan by ensuring all the ‘i’s are dotted and the‘t’s are crossed.   As Paul McMahon of South Weymouth reflected on his life, he knew that he wanted to be remembered as a good friend and he knew he wanted to pay special tribute to a friendship that he especially cherished through the years;  the one he had with William Lundy and the Lundy family. 

“When Bill Lundy died five years ago from lung cancer, I lost a very dear friend,” said McMahon. “I have known the family for 45 years and worked with his wife, Kathy, at Boston Edison for 30 years.  I am still very close with the family; I saw Bill and Kathy become parents and watched their children grow up.  We spent a lot of time together over the years. While I made a contribution to the American Lung Association in Bill’s memory when he died, I had been thinking that I wanted to do something more; both to remember him and to fight the disease that cut his life short.”

When McMahon went to talk with his attorney about changing his will to leave his three Colonial Penn life insurance policies to the Lung Association in William Lundy’s memory, he found out that transferring the policies was simple and didn’t need to be done through his will.  So McMahon contacted the Lung Association’s Development Director, Lisa Wrubleski, who was able to walk him through the process.

“Many people think they need to make a change to their will to leave a gift to charity but that’s not always the case,” said Wrubleski. “There are many ways to give.  It can be a life insurance policy like Mr. McMahon has chosen to bequeath, or it can be special checking account where ownership transfers to the charity upon the person’s death. These are simple ways to give and since they do not have to involve an attorney, a gift like this doesn’t incur attorney fees.  What Mr. McMahon has chosen to do is an especially heartfelt way to honor the life of a person who suffered from lung disease.”

Paul McMahon estimates that the value of the three life insurance policies he will leave to the Lung Association total about $4,800.  This is in addition to the memorial gift he made to the Lung Association when Bill Lundy passed.

“I believe that when we’re talking about something like lung cancer, the leading cancer killer of men and women, it is going to take all of us to make a difference,” says McMahon.  “My hope is that people read this story and are inspired to give.  While one gift may not  in itself help find that better treatment or cure, hundreds or thousands of people contributing small gifts can make a huge difference.”

After Paul McMahon designated his gift to the Lung Association in Bill Lundy’s memory, he received a letter from the American Lung Association of the Northeast’s President & CEO, Jeff Seyler, letting him know that he was now a member of the Emily Bissell Heritage Society (EBHS). Emily Bissell was a humanitarian and volunteer who first raised money for the organization to fight tuberculosis by selling Christmas Seals®, for a penny a piece. Membership in the EBHS, the Lung Association’s planned giving society, is reserved for those who notify the Lung Association that they, too, have decided to leave a lasting legacy through a posthumous gift. Bill Lundy’s wife, Kathy, also received a letter from the Lung Association’s CEO, letting her know of Paul’s gift in her husband’s memory.

“It feels good to know that, when I am gone, these funds will be used promote a cause I care about and that my donation is being made in the name of a friend who left a lasting impression on me,” said McMahon.  “I hope that with this gift, I can make a lasting impression that will encourage more people to make a gift to support lung cancer research, education and advocacy. If everyone were to give a small gift, we could help improve outcomes for this disease that has taken too many lives.”

To learn more about more ways to donate to the American Lung Association, visit LungNE.org/donate.   To speak with someone about the Emily Bissell Heritage Society and how to leave a bequest to the Lung Association, contact Lisa Wrubleski, Regional Director of Planned Giving at (860) 838-4377.

To learn more about lung cancer and the Lung Association’s ongoing efforts to fight lung cancer, visit LungNE.org.