Worcester – Robert E. “Mac” McCarthy, 59, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 in the Ichabod Washburn Hospice after a long courageous battle with cancer.
He leaves his wife of 28 years, Rosemary (Dubois) Botta McCarthy; his mother, Rita M. (Norickey) McCarthy of Worcester; two sons, Brian Botta and his fiance Beverleigh Hernandez of Texas and Anthony Botta and his wife Marlene of Franklin Sq., Long Island, N.Y.; a sister, Nancy Farmer and her husband Brad of Worcester; a sister-in-law, Nancy McCarthy of Austin, Texas; four granddaughters, Alexandria, Jacqueline, Francesca and Jayden Botta; and several nieces and nephews. His father, Edward J. McCarthy, and his brother, William M. McCarthy, died in 2009.
He was a lifelong resident of Worcester. He graduated from St. Peter's High School in 1970 and from Nichols College in Dudley in 1974.
Mr. McCarthy was a production controller at Sem-Tec Inc. in Worcester, where he worked for 35 years.
For most of his life, he enthusiastically and successfully played organized football, from Pop Warner through varsity high school and college teams, to 17 years in the Worcester Parks Touch Football League. He was an avid fan of all sports and an accomplished pool player.
Mr. McCarthy lived a life full of love, joy and loyalty. His long-term fidelity to his many friends was returned impressively by their devotion to him during his illness, especially the very challenging last two years.
The McCarthy family wishes to thank the staffs of the Jewish HealthCare Hospice program and the Ichabod Washburn Hospice Residence for their skilled and compassionate care.
There will be calling hours Saturday, De. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. Other arrangements are private.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Ichabod Washburn Hospice, 1183 Main St., Worcester, MA 01603 or JHC Hospice, 629 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609.