Obituary: Paul J. McCarthy, 86

Paul J. McCarthy, 86, of Marlborough and formerly a long time resident of Southborough, died on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Metro West Medical Center in Framingham. He was the beloved husband of Jean (O’Connell) McCarthy for the past 66 years.

Born in Southborough, he was the son of the late Michael and Angelina (Dufault) McCarthy.

Paul was a 1948 graduate of the former Peter’s High School in Southborough and earned an associate degree from Worcester Jr. College. He worked as a carpenter with his dad, building homes and additions in Southborough before he founded and operated McCarthy Swimming Pools. His pools were well known for their excellent quality throughout Worcester and Middlesex County.

Paul was a hands on dad, whether it was taking his children on many memorable vacations to Florida, New Hampshire and Maine, teaching them his professional skills or helping them repair each home as each child bought them. Paul’s greatest joy was spending time with his family. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Dennis McCarthy and his wife Linda of Hudson; Laurie McCarthy of Marlborough; Gary ‘Lou’ McCarthy of Worcester; Brian McCarthy and his wife Karen of Uxbridge; Karen McCarthy and her partner Audra Beauvais of Portsmouth; Kathleen Montgomery-Cardillo and her husband John Cardillo of Northborough; his sister, Evelyn Littlefield of Southborough; his grandchildren, Amie McCarthy, David McCarthy and his wife Emily, Claire McCarthy and her partner Curtis Cadoret; Christine McCarthy; Sage McCarthy Beauvais; Troy and Devin Montgomery; John Cardillo, III; and a great grandchild, John McCarthy. He also leaves many nieces and newphews.

Paul was pre-deceased by his sister, Claire McNeil.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, December 12, from 4 to 7 PM at Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main Street, Southborough.

A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, December 13, at 10:30AM at St Anne Church, 20 Boston Road, Southborough. Burial will follow in the Southborough Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent in his memory to Alzheimer’s Association, Box 96001, Washington, DC 20090,

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(Obituary and photo via Morris Funeral Home)

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