James ‘Jim’ McCarthy

November 24, 2016

U.S. Veteran

US Army

Korean War Veteran

JAMES E. “Jim” MCCARTHY – of Woburn, November 24th,beloved son of the late John and Helen (McGarr) McCarthy. Devoted brother of Sr. Helen McCarthy D S P(Dominican Sisters of Peace), of Watertown and John McCarthy, his wife Helen of MS, and the late William, Daniel and Charles McCarthy. a Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, November 28th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, Sunday evening, 3-7 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Jim’s memory to the Domenican Sisters of Peace, 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219 or St. Jude’s Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

OBITUARY:

James “Jim” E. McCarthy passed away at Sunrise of Burlington Senior Living, Thursday evening, November 24th, at 84 years of age.

Born and raised in Woburn, Jim was one of five children born to the late John and Helen (McGarr) McCarthy. Jim’s father John passed away when he and his siblings were very young, leaving his mother Helen to raise all five children on her own.

In 1950, Jim graduated from Woburn High School and in 1952, enlisted into the United States Army where he served in Korea receiving the rank of Corporal. Jim was awarded three service medals for his valor and commitment to serving his country.

After his discharge from the Armed Forces in 1954, Jim began pursuing his passion for science and took on numerous positions in laboratories. He first worked as a chemist’s assistant at Whitten Gelatin in Winchester. A year later, he took a position in a quality control lab for U.S. Gypsum in Charlestown and in that same year became a member of the Knights of Columbus. From 1956 to 1958, he worked for National Lead Company as a scientific lab assistant. He then moved on as a junior chemist for Infrared Industries in Waltham from 1958 to 1964. Jim then found his perfect job as a chemical engineer for Cabot Corporation in Billerica where he remained for 30 years as a hardworking, passionate, and dedicated member of the staff. He retired from Cabot in 1990.

Jim had a great passion for traveling. Throughout the years, he and his sister Helen explored all throughout Europe visiting all the wonderful sites, such as England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, and on several occasions visited family in Belfast, Ireland.

A rather quiet and reserved gentleman, Jim was always very personable, thoughtful and kind. A man of deep faith, he was a lifelong member of Saint Charles Church in Woburn, and was always at Mass every Sunday throughout his eighty years. He touched many people throughout his life with his kind, genuine and compassionate ways.

Sadly, in addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by his brothers William ‘Billy’, Daniel “Danny”and Charles “Charlie”McCarthy.

Jim is lovingly survived by his dear sister, Sr. Helen McCarthy, DSP (Dominican Sisters of Peace) of Watertown, brother John McCarthy, his wife Helen of MS, and many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, November 28th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church at 10. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, Sunday evening, 3-7 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Jim’s memory to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219 or St. Jude’s Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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  1. I knew Jim from having the pleasure of joining him at dinner with my dear husband, Gene, at Sunrise Assisted Living, last April & May. He was indeed the nicest, kindly gentleman anyone could know. He helped my husband when he’d have trouble managing and conversed with him about the Red Sox. I’m so sorry to read of his passing. Gene passed away at home in July and with God’s blessing he and Jim are meeting once again in Heaven.

    Judy Parker

  2. It was a pleasure knowing Jim. He was a kind and friendly man and will be missed by so many people.
    Kristine Taylor

  3. Uncle Jack, so sorry to hear of your loss. May the Lord greet Jimmy with open arms and watch over you and the entire McCarthy family.
    Love,
    Kathy

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