Gerald “Mac” Richard McCarthy, 69, of Bristol, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of his family on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. He was the loving husband of Linda (Pelletier) McCarthy and together they celebrated 48 years of marriage. Born on May 10, 1946 in Waterbury, he was the son of the late James McCarthy and the late Margaret (Peden) Bearce.
Gerald served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Gerald married the love of his life Linda on August 19, 1967. Together they raised a family filled with love and support for each other. He enjoyed his work at Pepin Iron Works, Topper & Griggs Fabrication Plant and retiring as a welder for Superior Steel Products. In the later years, he struggled with health issues but was always thankful that the VA was so good to him. Most importantly, he loved his family and spending time with his grandchildren who were the lights of his life. He’ll be dearly missed by all those who knew him.
Besides his wife Linda, he leaves his daughter Stacey Voss and her children Sullivan and Keegan Voss of Bristol and his son Jay McCarthy and his wife Lisa of Southington and their children Alex and Asher McCarthy; his sister Bonnie Morse and her husband Gene of Orange City, FL; his brothers David McCarthy and his wife Patricia of Watertown and Peter Bearce and his wife Jackie of Sandy Hook along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother James Anthony McCarthy.
A celebration of Geralds’s life will be held on Friday, March 4, 2016 beginning with calling hours from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Forestville/Bristol and then will proceed to St. Gregory the Great Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. Committal services with military honors will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the care of the family at 20 Dudley St. Bristol, CT 06010.
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