Memorial service for Philip M. McCarthy Jr., 86, of Canton will be held on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 11 a.m. at the O'Leary Funeral Home in Canton with Deacon Pat Lavine, officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Plains Cemetery. Mr. McCarthy passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at the Spicer Adult Care Home of Canton.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 from 5 - 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Canton Fire and Rescue, c/o Joan Newman, 13 Gouverneur St, Canton, NY 13617 or to Hospice and Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley.
Philip is survived by his two daughters, Barbara Bloomer of Lafayette, Louisiana and Beverly Gauthier of Canton, to whom he was the best father anyone could have ever had; three sisters, Marge McCarthy of Canton, Lois Condlin of Fayetteville, NC and Carol Johnson of Canton; seven granddaughters, Marcy Bloomer Holmes, Allison Bloomer, Rebecca Bloomer Gilley, Sarah Bloomer Stewart all of Lafayette, LA and Kristen Gauthier Jaskowski, Katie Gauthier and Emily Gauthier of Canton; eight great-grandchildren, Grant, Carter and Reese Holmes, John Stewart III, William Stewart, Isabella and Phoebe Jaskowski and Grayson Gilley. Phil had a special relationship with his two son-in-laws, Daniel Bloomer and Loren “Doc” Gauthier.
Mr. McCarthy was predeceased by a brother, Harold.
Philip was born March 20, 1924 in New Berlin, NY, son of the late Philip M. McCarthy Sr. and Alma Wells McCarthy. He was a lifelong resident and business owner in Canton. Mr. McCarthy's life was devoted to his wife, daughters, granddaughters and great-grandchildren. He never knew a stranger and will be sadly missed by all who loved him.
Mr. McCarthy served his country in World War II in the United States Army. Upon returning from overseas he married Betty Louise Bushaw on December 2, 1948 at the Grace Episcopal Church; Mrs. McCarthy predeceased him on October 15, 1993. For most of their married life Phil owned and operated a poultry and egg business and later opened McCarthy's Furniture Barn on West Main Street. Betty and Phil spent several winters in Cocoa Beach, Florida and loved being snowbirds.
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