Frederick R. McCarthy Sr., 80

FULTON, NY – Frederick R. McCarthy Sr., 80, of Fulton, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died Tuesday March 24, 2015, at James Square Nursing Home in Syracuse, where he had been a resident for the past seven months.

Born December 28, 1934, in Fulton, he was the son of Philip Sheridan McCarthy and Anna Muncy McCarthy.

He attended Catholic grade school and graduated from Fulton High School in 1952.

Mac served with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and joined the New York State Police on August 1, 1957, initially serving as a uniformed trooper and later was promoted to investigator with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Troop D, Oneida.

He retired in 1981 to go to work for Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, first as head of security at the Oswego steam plant and later as security supervisor at Nine Mile Point nuclear facility.

Mac loved his dogs and horses as well as hunting, fishing and politics.

He enjoyed telling stories of his years in the state police which included foot patrol at Sylvan Beach and the midway at the NY State Fair.

He was chosen to guard Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev when he visited Hyde Park in 1951; he was at the Rochester riots in 1964 and the aftermath of Attica Prison riot in 1971.

Mac was a member of the New York State Retired Troopers Association and Oswego County Lodge Fraternal Order of Police as well as Hannibal Post American Legion.

He was predeceased by a brother, Philip McCarthy; and sisters, Mary Jane McCarthy, Gertrude Cealie and Ellen Fones.

Mac is survived by his wife of 38 years, Judith T. McCarthy; six children, Dennis (Donna) McCarthy of Solvay, Fred Jr. (Jennifer) McCarthy of town of Scott, Sam (Kathy) Gerbig of Oswego, Michael McCarthy of Clay, Sally McCarthy (Rick Schram) of Atlanta and Amanda (Nathan) Mountain of Syracuse; one sister, Patricia (James) Simpson of Fulton; grandchildren, Frederick III (Lauren) McCarthy of Charleston, SC, Daniel McCarthy of Baldwinsville, Brandon McCarthy of North Syracuse, Noah and Taylor Gerbig of Wareham, Mass., McCarthy Jane Mountain and Aidan Alexandra Mountain of Syracuse, Trey Glover of John’s Island, SC, James Ouderkirk and JoAnne Crimmins of Oswego.

Calling hours will be 2 to 5 p.m. Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Fulton First United Methodist Church, 1408 State Route 176, Fulton.

Donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 62 S. First St., Fulton, NY, 13069.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.


  1. I have known Fred for many many years having worked with him in the past Years as a member of the Fulton Police Department in various investigations. I had the upmost respect for him and his demeanor. he will be truly missed by his friends and law enforcement buddies. Fred I offer to you with the greatest sorrow and respect a final salute for all your life acknowledgements. Rest in Peace and will see you when it is my turn to depart his life. Later my friend, Brian Campbell from Winter Haven Florida

  2. So very sorry to learn of Fred’s passing. A terrific guy with a wonderful sense of humor and a great friend to those of us with the Fulton PD. I also worked with Fred at Nine Mile Point and he always made the day a little brighter with his friendly personality. RIP.

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