Monsignor McCarthy Remembered On Eve Of Funeral

Monsignor McCarthy Remembered On Eve Of Funeral

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Calling hours will be held Wednesday evening for a man who left his mark on the north country.

Monsignor Robert McCarthy passed away over the weekend at the age of 99.

He spent a long life involved with many communities, including Watertown.

He served almost 50 years as chaplain for the city's fire department, where he gave blessings at events, presided over funerals, and gave guidance to firefighters.

The department even named the heavy rescue truck after him a few years ago.

"The rescue truck was known to be saving people and that was one of Monsignor's tasks in life, making sure that he could save as many as he could," said Watertown Fire Chief Dale Herman.

Monsignor McCarthy also served as pastor at Church of the Holy Family in Watertown.

He was there for more than 20 years before he retired in 1993.

He also helped the Sisters of St. Joseph with its infirmary wing for elderly priests.

He was its first resident and lived out the rest of his life there.

"He wasn't a moaner and groaner, although we all have our days. He was very much involved and enjoyed coming over for meals and the sisters would visit with him and many times he would say mass," said Sister Jennifer Votraw, Sisters of St. Joseph.

There will be reception of Monsignor McCarthy's body at the Church of the Holy Family on Winthrop Street Wednesday at 7 p.m.  

Calling hours will go on until 9 p.m.

They will continue Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

His funeral will follow at noon at the Church of the Holy Family.

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