William G. McCarthy, 89

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Northborough – William G. McCarthy, 89, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 after a lengthy illness.

He leaves his wife of 51 years, Mary F. (Sullivan) McCarthy; one son, William J. McCarthy and wife Maureen of Shrewsbury; two daughters, Anne V. Kaar and husband Mark of Sanbornton, N.H. and Catherine H. Heitman and husband Gregory of Chalfont, Penn.; and eight grandchildren, Michael, Daniel, Sarah, Carl, Caitlin, Morgan, Abby and Lindsey. He is predeceased by his sister, Ruth Coleman of Braintree.

Born in Brighton, the son of the late George A. and Mary V. (McEleney) McCarthy, he spent his childhood in Jamaica Plane. He joined the U.S. Navy and served in World War II.

Mr. McCarthy worked as a mechanical engineer for Carling Brewery for 13 years. Later, he was employed at UMass Medical Center as a mechanical engineer, retiring in 1985.

Mr. & Mrs. McCarthy built their family home in Hingham, where they lived for 16 years. The family relocated to Shrewsbury before retiring to Northborough in 1983.

Mr. McCarthy was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church and the Knights of Columbus, where he served a term as Grand Knight. He was a member of the American Legion Post 234 of Northborough. He enjoyed gardening, bird carving, and loved animals of all types. He had a special affection for raising boxers and his pony, Bummzy. Throughout his life, he spent time boating and had a great fondness for the ocean, as well.

A funeral Mass will be held Friday, Oct. 7, at 10 a.m., in St. Rose of Lima Church, 244 West Main St., Northborough. Burial will follow in Howard Street Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, PO Box 304, Maryknoll, NY 10545 or St. Rose of Lima Church, 244 West Main St., Northborough, MA 01532.

For online condolences, please visit www.haysfuneralhome.com.