In Memory of

Joseph Anthony McCarthy
December 19, 1939 - February 9, 2009

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Joseph A. McCarthy Memorial Scholarship Fund
About the Man


     Joe was born to Alice (Kiley) and Joseph McCarthy.  He had two siblings, Marie T. and John M.  He was educated at
Nazareth Parochial School in South Boston and Christopher Columbus High School in East Boston.
     Upon graduation from high school he was employed for forty years by the Boston Edison Company, now known as N-Star, until his retirement in 2000. He was a loyal member of Local 387 and for many years represented his fellow workers as Steward, Chief Steward and at contract time for the Bargaining Committee. In later years Local 387 merged with Local 369.  

     He proudly served his country with the U.S. Army in
Stuttgart, Germany during the Vietnam Era.
     Joe and his wife Evelyn (Gately) were married for forty-three years. They had three children: Joseph (Dan), Teresa (Terri), and Sean, and three grandchildren: Steven, Alison &Kevin

      He was active in his retirement years serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Members Plus Credit Union, Medford.  BERA (Boston Edison Retirees Association).  Castle Island Association, South Boston.  The Irish Cultural Center, Canton. And a volunteer at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Brockton.
     He loved politics and debating political issues. He enjoyed debating anyone willing to take him on. He had a vast collection of political books, pictures, and memorabilia. He also loved backing his favorite candidates and working at the polls for them.
Joe was proud of his Irish heritage.  His favorite color was green (he wore green clothing every day of his life), you could always find him at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston. (only missing one in his life when his daughter was born) he loved Irish music (he listened to it on the radio every Saturday and Sunday and by CD during the week and in his car).  His den and the basement of his Irish Pub sported many items of Irish, Notre Dame, and South Boston origin.  One wall was dedicated to South Boston, one to Notre Dame, one to Boston Edison (N-Star) and one to misc. Irish memorabilia.  His favorite song of all time was “Southie is My Home Town.”  His children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews learned this song at an early age and learned quickly that whenever they wanted anything (an ice cream, or a special treat) that if they all sang this song as loud as they could to him it would magically appear with a big smile on his face!  At St. Patrick’s Day parties he would gather all the kids around him and hand out dollar bills to anyone who could answer his Irish Trivia questions and sing this song.  One time he hid a $10 bill inside a statue of St. Patrick and put it with little prizes for all the kids at one of his parties.  When they got a question correct they could choose a prize.  No one pick the statue and at the end of the game he pulled out the $10 bill and danced around the room.  Everyone wanted the statue then. In his spare time at home you could always find him puttering around in his famous "shed" in the backyard, in his cellar with the kids creating special projects, or in his den watching the Boston Red Sox or his beloved Fighting Irish of Notre Dame Football Team. Win, lose or draw, they were his teams. 
If you could describe the loves of  Joe’s life in a few words they would be:  Family – Friends – South Boston - Irish – Irish Music – Politics – Green and JAMESON WHISKEY!

- E. McCarthy/S. McCarthy

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