John Patrick McCarthy, age 95 years and 11 months, passed away at 9:03 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at his home. He was born on March 20, 1914, in Boston, Mass.
On May 5, 1945, he was united in marriage to Marjorie Leah Leming, of Percy, Ill. They met at a USO dance. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Columbia, MO.
John and Marjorie lived in Columbia for 45 years. In 2007 they moved to Tampa, Fla. where Marjorie still resides.
John received his B.S. degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.; his M.S. degree from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Ill.; and his Ph.D. in education from the University of Missouri in Columbia.
He started his working life at the age of 13 selling newspapers in Boston, Mass. to workers aboard the U.S.S. Arizona. He then worked for several years as a window dresser and later became a manager of Gorin's Department Store in Boston. He owned a trucking business and worked for Bethlehem Steel as a welder on battleships.
Then he began a 25-year military career in the U.S. Air Force reaching the highest enlisted rank. He was a veteran of World War II. After retiring from the Air Force, he served as a high school guidance counselor at Fulton, Mo.; high school principal in Essex, Iowa and in Huntsville, Mo. His final career path led to the University of Missouri as a Professor of Education.
John was an optimistic happy soul. He had a great sense of humor. Just a few days before his passing, he said, "I guess I'm getting ready to die. Well, we all have to go sometime."
John was very proud of his Irish heritage and his cabin on the Lake of the Ozarks. One of his hobbies at the cabin was raising mallard ducks and feeding wild ducks living on the lake. On most birthdays and Christmases he received Irish memorabilia and items relating to mallard ducks. His constant companion on trips to the lake, who enjoyed riding in the back of the truck, was his black, faithful dog, Buddy.
John had interests and talents in many areas. He helped build his cabin on the Lake of the Ozarks. He enjoyed welding, loved his tomato plants, rose bushes and fishing on the lake. He loved watching sports; mostly baseball and football.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Dennis and Katherine McCarthy, his brothers, Charles, Jim, Dennis and sister, Mary Katherine.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie. He is also survived by his children: Dennis Robert and wife, Marcia Lee, of Jamison, Pa.; John Patrick Jr. and wife, Katherine Anne, of Lutz, Fla.; Charles Michael and wife, Patricia Ann, of Lutz, Fla.; Katherine Viola Wallace and her husband, Charles, of Monett; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren also survive John.
The family wishes to thank Lifepath Hospice in Tampa, Fla. for their care and concern. We want to give a special thanks to Wanda and Rosa for their loving and compassionate care.
John will be missed. He was never at a loss for words and sincerely enjoyed the people he knew. You could truly say he loved life.
Visitation will be at the Veteran's Funeral Care in Clearwater, Fla. at 10 a.m. on Feb. 22. A memorial mass will follow at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tampa, Fla. at 11 a.m. A military graveside service will be held at a later date in Columbia.