Pa­trick McCarthy

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Pat was born in Pasadena, MD, in Dec. 19, 1940. His par­ents were John Joseph McCarthy and Mar­garet “Lim­bach” McCarthy. Pat at­tended school for nine (9) years be­fore he en­listed in the Army Na­tional Guard. He was hon­or­ably dis­charged and af­ter a mul­ti­tude of la­bor in­ten­sive jobs, Pat joined the Fire De­part­ment in 1963 and climbed to the rank of “Lieu­tenant.” He was al­ways on the move and had mul­ti­ple job en­deav­ors such as: ice cream vender, de­tail­ing au­to­mo­biles, and a horse­shoe far­rier. He went on to own McCarthy’s Horse­shoe Sup­ply, and on to own Mary­land’s first and only “Bud­get Blinds” fran­chise. He also was one of the very first “Wal­mart greeters” at the new Middletown store. As first at the door he gave men jokes, ladies hugs, and smi­ley stick­ers to chil­dren as they called him “Mr. Wal­mart.”

Fish­ing, hunt­ing, and any­thing out­side was in­ter­est­ing and at­trac­tive to Pat’s ad­ven­ture spirit. He loved everything and ev­ery­one and loved to make people laugh. There was al­ways an ad­ven­ture in all that he chal­lenged him­self to do. Af­ter the mil­lions of people that have framed his life for 76 years, es­pe­cially the home he found with the fire de­part­ment that molded him into who he is to­day as we re­mem­ber, Pat says: “It is what it is.”

Pa­trick leaves be­hind his adopted fam­ily of the brave and proud men and women of the Bal­ti­more City Fire De­part­ment, es­pe­cially En­gine #38 with broth­ers like John Mas­cari, Tim Ti­ma­nis, Frank Kelly, Steve Wig­man, and all the he­roes he loved and bonded with. He was af­fec­tion­ately called “Luke”; and he served from 1963 un­til a forced med­i­cal re­tire­ment in 1987.

Pa­trick’s ded­i­cated love and sup­port sys­tem of the last 30 years: his wife, Dolores (Dee); with step chil­dren and their fam­i­lies: Mike and Stacey Mur­phy; Diana and Jorge Acevedo with grand­chil­dren: Alexis, Dustin, Mercedes, Lo­gan; Sharon and Scott Rowe; grand­chil­dren: Candice and Travis; Steven Mur­phy and Jake Voshel; with ex­tended grand­chil­dren: Emily, Ben­jamin, So­phie and Gabriel.

In Pat’s last sea­son of life, he ex­pe­ri­enced the great­est form of self­less love from his health care con­sci­en­tious fam­ily with the giv­ing of their time. They con­sist of thought­ful neigh­bors, friends like Ed and Anne, ac­quain­tances, and health helpers of nurses, aides, and lov­ing care­givers, es­pe­cially An­toinette for two amaz­ing years of ded­i­cated ser­vice and love and de­vo­tion.

Pat is sur­vived by: two at­ten­tive sis­ters, Mary Glass with son Brad; Jan­ice Gri­est with sons Wayne and Don­nie; Pat’s daugh­ter, Des­sine with chil­dren: Dal­son, Shyla, and Tris­ton, with grand­chil­dren: McKenna; Ariella; a son, Shane with Erin and son, Luke. He has a lov­ing nephew, Joey III with daugh­ter Katie and son Joe IV, and an over-pro­tec­tive niece Robin with sons Austin and Marc.

Pat’s last de­ci­sions: Not to have a view­ing be­cause if you wanted to see or call him, you al­ready did. Thank you.

To be cre­mated and have his ashes spread in his 28acre woods by his 30-year hunt­ing part­ner and ad­mir­ing step-son, Mike. To con­tinue hav­ing our an­nual fam­ily cel­e­bra­tions as we gather in love and fel­low­ship sup­port­ing each other in our chal­lenges and de­ci­sions in life with God’s help.

PA­TRICK MCCARTHY

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