Andrew McCarthy, Jr. Obituary

Andrew Thomas McCarthy, Jr.
Andrew Thomas McCarthy, Jr.

May 19, 1940 - January 12, 2020
Born in Brooklyn, NY
Resided in Niantic, Connecticut


Andrew Thomas McCarthy, Jr., of Niantic, CT and formerly of Springfield, MA, died on January 12, 2020 at the age of 79. He was born in Brooklyn, NY to the late Andrew and Mary McCarthy. Andrew, who considered himself a theological scholar, was raised, ironically, in Hell’s Kitchen in New York City.
He attended Holy Cross Elementary School and various high schools in New York City before graduating from St. John’s University, Queens, NY in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He furthered his education earning a Master’s degree in Ancient Germanic Languages from New York University.
Andrew was married for 57 years to his wife, Kathleen. They lived in various New York communities before settling in Springfield, MA in 1974 for the next 39 years. His career paths mirrored his passions from high school teacher to adjunct professor to public relations director at several colleges in New York State. He also had tenures as a community center director, real estate agent, owner and publisher of The Springfield Press business newspaper, and owner of the Sail Boat Place. His linguistic skills allowed him to learn more than 6 languages in order to translate their National Epics.
His Catholic faith was extremely important to him and he was a faithful parishioner of St. Michael’s Cathedral and St. Francis Chapel both in Springfield. He and Kathleen spent several years ministering in the Marriage Preparation program at St. Michael’s and he was a member of the Springfield Diocesan School Board. In addition, he served for a number of years on the Boards of Directors of Goodwill Industries in Springfield and The Mulberry House. He and his wife were members of the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England. Andrew was an active attendee at the various functions of his 4 children and 11 grandchildren.
After their retirements, they began splitting their time between Springfield and Niantic before moving permanently to Niantic in 2013 and becoming parishioners of St. Agnes Church. He also became a member of the Pine Grove Niantic Association Board of Governors.
In addition to his parents, Andrew was predeceased by his son, Andrew T. McCarthy III, and his siblings, Mary Ann Bartholome and Robert McCarthy. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, and their children, Gregory (Mary), Krystn Hickman (S. Bruce), Adam (Elizabeth), and his daughter-in-law, Carla. He also leaves behind his 11 grandchildren: Andrew, Delia, Kristjana, Liam, Kieran, Philip, Justin, Anthony, Juliana, Mariana and Bobby.
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, January 16, from 2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm at Thomas L. Neilan and Sons Funeral Home, 48 Grand Street, Niantic. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on Friday, January 17 at St. Agnes Church, 22 Haigh Avenue, Niantic. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004; the Michael J. Fox Foundation , P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741; or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4550 Montgomery Ave. Suite 1100N, Bethesda, MD 20814.
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Calling Hours
Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home
48 Grand Street
Niantic, CT US 06357
Thursday, January 16, 2020
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday, January 16, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Agnes Church
22 Haigh Ave.
Niantic , Connecticut United States 06357
Friday, January 17, 2020
11:00 AM

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