Amesbury, Ma. — John "Jack" McCarthy, of Orchard St., passed away Friday at the Anna Jaques Hospital after a brief illness. He was born in Amesbury and was the son of the late William and Grace (Corbett) McCarthy. He was the husband of the late Charlotte (Manning) McCarthy who passed away in 2010.
Jack spent the majority of his life in Amesbury. He reset pins at the local bowling alley as a kid, and joined the Army when he was 18. He spent time in Japan at the end of WWII before coming back to Amesbury. He met his wife, Charlotte, at Hampton Beach and he would drive to Jamaica Plain to see her until they were married in 1952 and settled in Amesbury. Jack worked most of his life at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and spent his free time raising his 5 children. He retired early and spent his time with Charlotte, the love of his life, going to lunch during the days and going to Bingo at night until her passing in 2010. He spent his last years living with his youngest son and daughter-in-law in his hometown of Amesbury.
He is survived by two sons, John McCarthy and Kevin McCarthy and wife Jean all of Amesbury, 3 daughters, Sharon LeBlanc of Hampton, NH., Sheila Wilkening and husband Daniel of Westford, MA., and Mary Schladenhauffen and husband John of N. Reading, MA., one brother, William McCarthy and his wife Betty of Amesbury, 11 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Graveside service for Jack will be held this Thursday Dec. 20 at 11:30 am in the St. Joseph's Cemetery in Amesbury. Everyone is invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the American Heart Assoc. P.O. Box 417005 Boston, MA. 02241-7005. Arrangements are by the E.V. Jutras & Sons Funeral Home in Amesbury.