Gerald John McCarthy

September 14, 1929 - January 9, 2016
Gerald John McCarthy

Gerald “Jerry” John McCarthy

Jerry McCarthy of Wilmington, North Carolina passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2016 surrounded by his loving wife, Mary, and eight children. He came to Wilmington 22 years ago after raising his family in Avon-by-the-Sea, New Jersey.

Jerry was born in Kearny and graduated from St. Cecilia’s High School and Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served in Germany during the Korean War as a Military Police Officer. Jerry had a long career in the trucking industry that culminated when he retired from Cummins Engines in Newark.

Jerry was passionate about people, and his quick wit put smiles on many faces over the years. He touched and was touched by all he met.

He was a lifelong NY Giants fan, who also enjoyed golf and the wonderful camaraderie and conversations the game afforded him.

Jerry was especially fond of the many friends and relationships he developed while working at Porter’s Neck and Castle Bay Country Clubs. He and Mary received a warm Wilmington welcome and made so many friends their two decades in North Carolina.

Jerry is predeceased by his parents, John and Catherine (nee Reynolds) and his siblings Joseph, Jack and Marie. He leaves behind his wife Mary, the love of his life, and his children, Mary McKenzie of Fountain Hills, AZ, Kevin and John, both of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Eileen (Richard) Leahey of Cranford, Tim (Carolyn) of Atlantic Beach, FL, Chris (Mary Beth) of Manasquan, Michael of Scottsdale, AZ and Jerry (Niamh) of Wilmington, NC and his 15 beautiful grandchildren−Duncan, Grace, Virginia, Chris, Connor, Sean, Ben, Gavin, Kiera, Brigid, Marin, Molly, Ella, Riley and Celia. They will be forever grateful to have been loved by this special man and honored to have had him as their Dad (affectionately known as “Harvey”) and Pop.

The McCarthy family is grateful to the dedicated staff of DaVita Cape Fear Dialysis and the many medical professionals who provided loving care and support over the years. Each holds a special place in Jerry’s heart.

A wake will be held on Monday, 5-7 pm at the Wilmington Funeral Chapel, 1535 S 41st St in Wilmington. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday morning at St.Therese Catholic Church, Wrightsville Beach at 10:30 A.M. The McCarthy family will hold a memorial service in celebration of Jerry’s life at the Jersey shore in the early summer time frame.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jerry’s name can be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099


Monday, January 11, 2016
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  • January 11, 2016
    Bob and Kat OMalley says:
    Dear Mary and the entire McCarthy family; I am so so very sorry to hear about the loss of Gerry. He was a "class act". He was such genuine, warm, funny, individual. His love for him family was inspiration. I never meet a person who did love him. I will always remember his smile, his laugh and his funny wit. He will be missed by all who were blessed enough to met him.

  • January 11, 2016
    Bob Scrabis says:
    My deepest sympathies to Mrs. McCarthy and family. Having stayed close friends with Tim and the McCarthy family for close to 50 years now, I have been so fortunate to know Mr. McCarthy through various periods in my life. He always represented a man of faith, family, community, and kindness. His quick wit, timely jokes, and overall positive approach to every day life were endearing and inspiring. I sincerely remember the encouragement that Mr. and Mrs. McCarthy gave to me when I was going through some personal struggles of my own, and how much it meant to me. Mr. and Mrs. McCarthy represent to me the epitome of what a marriage and lifelong partnership truly should be, and an example to us all. My family and I hold you close in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • January 11, 2016
    Brian Haiz says:
    My thoughts and prayers go out to Mrs. McCarthy and the entire McCarthy family. I always enjoyed the “Harvey updates" from his son Tim. Tim would say, get a load of what Harvey said, then proceeded with a quick wit one-liner he said that would always make me laugh for hours.

  • January 11, 2016
    Tony Gallo says:
    During the many years I have known Gerry, he always wore a smile. He was a true gentleman and will be missed.

  • January 11, 2016
    Jack and Gail Koons says:
    We will miss Jerry's wit and the pleasant conversation at the golf course and at St Therese. Our prayers are with Mary and the family