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Charles McCarthy, 93
Courtesy McCarthy Family
Charles McCarthy

Longtime Rockville Centre resident Charles “Gene” McCarthy, 93, retired assistant chief inspector with the New York City Police Department, died peacefully in his home the morning of April 29.

Truly one of New York’s Finest, McCarthy was born in the Bronx in 1920. Due to the untimely death of his father, he applied himself diligently, working several after-school jobs to help support his mother and three sisters. He graduated high school at the age of 16 and secured a full time job. After working for a Danish steamship company, he entered the Delehanty School for Police Science. This began his career and was where, years later, he would return periodically to teach the young cadets.

When World War ll began, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served primarily in the Panama Canal Zone as a Lieutenant-JG. He returned home and married his pre-war sweetheart, Irene Nonnon, his wife of 63 years. Together they raised 8 children and 1 foster child. He had 26 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

The large family was a strong motivation for him to rise quickly through the ranks of the NYPD from Patrolman to Assistant Chief Inspector. Some of his later assignments included Commanding Officer of the Tactical Patrol Force and Borough Commander of Queens and Manhattan North. He assisted with the Warren Commission on Crime in Washington, D.C. and ended his career as Chief of Organized Crime Control.

After retirement from the NYPD, McCarthy devoted more time to family, church and community. His energies were deeply invested into the lives of his children, grandchildren and those around him. He loved family gatherings and was known, in his latter years to say, “Let’s have a party!” Like many of the “Greatest Generation,” he lived each day with purpose, demonstrating diligence and responsibility, no matter what the task or assignment.

Residing in Rockville Centre for over 50 years, McCarthy was an active member of St. Agnes Cathedral parish. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served on different parish committees.


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