James L. McCarthy Jr.

Born:September 24, 1917

Passed Away:August 31, 2011

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James L. McCarthy Jr.

James L. McCarthy, Jr. 93 passed away peacefully with his family at his side on August 31, 2011.  He was born on September 24, 1917, in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  He moved from Massachusetts to Arizona in 1946.  He is survived by his children, Alice McCarthy of Las Vegas, Nevada, James McCarthy III of O’Fallon, Missouri, Mary Jane Kessner and Carol Ann Amaya both of Glendale, Arizona,  Diane deCastro of Chandler, David Normandin of Surprise and Stephen Normandin of Glendale. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his first wife Alice which he was married to for 38 years and then to Bonnie Normandin McCarthy for whom he was married for 30 years.

Jim was an accountant and worked for many years at both Tolleson Steel and Wahler’s & Son Construction.  Jim will be remembered for his wit, his music, his quick mind and for his devotion to his family and loyalty to friends.  Jim enjoyed sports, writing and singing music and traveling with his late wife Bonnie.  Jim was a charter member of the Arizona Songwriters Association.

Jim possessed the head of an accountant with the heart of a poet.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2011, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Best Funeral Services in Peoria, AZ. with a rosary scheduled at 7:00 pm.  A mass will be celebrated at St. Raphaels Catholic Church on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 11:00 am.  Entombment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Avondale, AZ.

The family request in lieu of flowers to please make any donations to the Hospice of the Valley.

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5 Memories to “James L. McCarthy Jr.”

  1. Maureen Carney Perry says:

    I would like to convey my condolences to the family of James McCarthy. His first wife, Alice, was my father’s sister.

    My mother, Catherine Carney Ricketson, sends her symathy as well.


    Maureen Carney Perry

  2. Mary Jane McCarthy-Kessner says:

    I miss you Daddy. You have now gone home to be with Mom and Bonnie along with all your family and friend who traveled ahead of you. I Love You Dad.

    Mary Jane

  3. Janet Silva says:

    I was so saddened to hear of our loss. I had the privilege of meeting Mr. McCarthy for the first time just a couple years ago. What an amazingly strong person …. such a kind and gentle spirit. He welcomed me into his home and watched smiling as I made a mess in his kitchen baking him an old cookie recipe I thought he might like. I suppose he must have really liked them. Turned out he would call me whenever his supply was running low. (smiles) It was my pleasure to bake more for him, just as it was my pleasure to sit and listen to him sing songs that he wrote. It was easy to see he was a man with lots of great memories. He really cherished the people in his life. That was evident in the poems he wrote. With each one he would read, I could see him travelling back through time just as if he were reading it for the first time to the intended recipient. What an incredible person …. one I am sure to miss. Just as I am sure he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family and friends.-

  4. David Kessner says:

    Here was a real hero. A man who lived his life to the fullest. he is not gone but lives in the hearts and minds of all who had the previlage to know him.

  5. Steve Normandin says:

    Integrity, honesty, humor, talent & compassion, Jim My step Dad, Was the Father we all wish we could have, as a second family son he always treated me as if I was one of his own son’s. He taught me the virtues we all strive to have. His example just reaffirmed the values he and my Father shared. Its no wonder they were such good friends I will always be grateful for the extraordinary life and Joy he gave to my mom. As he now joins my, wife Donna my mom Bonnie and his first wife Alice in heaven, I pray that I will be able to be as good a man as he was and share those virtues he taught me. I miss you all so much but I am comforted knowing your all with Our lord and the Angels watching over us and guiding us with your lessons on and in life. I love you all.

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