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James G. McCarthy
December 28, 1943 ~ July 20, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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James G. "Jim" McCarthy, 79, of Braintree died peacefully on July 20, 2023.
Jim was born December 28, 1943 in Boston. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and devoted wife of 56 years, Geraldine “Gerry” (Lynch), and their children Paul and wife Janet, Lauren and husband Marc Winter, John and wife Dale, his grandchildren Rachel, Matthew, Jared, Adam, Carlos and Juliana and many extended family members who loved and appreciated him beyond measure.
Jim was raised in Roxbury and Dorchester. Jim is survived by his sister Marie and her husband Jack Ohman, M.D. of Southborough. He was predeceased by his parents Eugene and Marjorie McCarthy, siblings Eugene McCarthy, M.D., Mary Marjorie Slein, Francis McCarthy, and Thomas McCarthy.
Jim was a stellar athlete, and played basketball and football at Cathedral High School, from which he graduated in 1962. After high school, he played semi-pro football with the Lyons Club.
Jim loved to know how things worked and taught himself all sorts of incredibly useful skills over his lifetime. He never shied away from hard work, a new challenge, long hours or a problem he thought he could fix. This is reflected in his varied work experience. He worked as a counselor at Catholic Boy’s Guidance Center. He owned and operated parking lots in Boston (Beacon Parking), worked as a mechanic at T&T Repair in Quincy, owned and operated Herbie’s Bar & Restaurant on the Boston waterfront (where he developed his skills as a chef and mastered both darts and Pac-Man), and managed multiple offices for Boston Globes’ Community News Agency. He enjoyed working when most people were sleeping.
When he wasn’t working, Jim enjoyed tennis (at the Weymouth Club), boating, summers in Boothbay Harbor, family time on Suncook Lake, NH, a good cup of coffee, watching the stock market, and giving financial advice. Around the house, he was known to enjoy his Cheez-its, and sherbet. At every family gathering, you would always find Jim in the kitchen, dish towel over his shoulder, making sure whoever was cooking knew what they were doing and that everything was running smoothly.
Jim was always willing to lend anyone, anywhere, at any time, his help, his time, his strength, his advice, and his attention. A natural teacher, Jim led by example and action more than words. Jim was a rock—principled, dependable, humble, and funny. His experience with his brother Frankie’s illness instilled a deep empathy for those who struggled. Jim was always the one to truly see and care for people who many would overlook.
Above all, Jim was defined by his deep love of his family, his children and his grandchildren especially. Jim embraced his large extended family, treating every sibling and cousin as his own, doting on the many nieces and nephews, thinking nothing of cooking 3 sides for 60+ people every holiday, and showing in his every deed what it meant to be a family man.
In so many ways, Jim was larger than life, and the lessons he taught those who crossed his path, will last for generations.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Tuesday, July 25 from 4-7pm at McMaster Funeral Home, 86 Franklin Street (Rt. 37), Braintree. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, July 26 at 10:00am at Saint Francis of Assisi Church, 856 Washington Street, Braintree. Interment Saint Tarcisius Cemetery, 180 Winthrop Street, Framingham.