Charles McCarthy, 93
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For several years, he volunteered his services at the local library preparing tax returns for the elderly. As a volunteer driver, he assisted the disabled, transporting them to doctor’s appointments or to wherever they needed.
The real steel in his spiritual backbone was tested when his wife developed Alzheimer’s disease some 14 years ago. At the age of 78, he realized he had one more loving duty to perform and his greatest work was still in front of him. The next 10 years truly were “his finest hour.” Over that decade, he provided for and supervised the finest care his wife could possibly receive. With the help of his large family, and a wonderful caregiver, he was able to honor his marriage vow of “for better or worse, in sickness and health,” and his deepest desire to keep her at home with him.
The memory of Charles Eugene McCarthy was honored at his wake and funeral on May 1 and 2 at Macken’s Mortuary and St. Agnes Cathedral. The New York City Police Department provided a full Honor Guard with pall bearers, showing their respect for this former chief.
The Rockville Centre Police Department and the Code Enforcement unit graciously assisted with traffic control from the cathedral which expedited McCarthy’s last journey to Holy Rood Cemetery.
The McCarthy Family sincerely thanks the many who were able to pay their condolences and be part of the ceremonies.
Donations in McCarthy’s name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill.