OSWEGO, NY – Patrick H. McCarthy, 89, passed away from complications of pneumonia on Thursday May 29, 2014, at Oswego Hospital.
He was born in North Bangor, NY, on November 15, 1924.
He was the son of Patrick Henry McCarthy and Grace Mary Labelle.
He is survived by daughter, Jeanne Marie DeSantis (Thomas) of Buena Vista, Va.; two sons, John Patrick McCarthy of Washington, DC, and Michael Andrew McCarthy (Diane) of Eldersburg, Md.; and seven grandchildren; Sarah J. DeSantis-Sullivan (Benjamin) of North Scottsdale, Ariz., Emily A. DeSantis of Cooperstown, NY, Jessica M. DeSantis-Berg (Jonathan) of Allentown, Pa., Abigail A. McCarthy of Washington, DC, Ian A. McCarthy of Painted Post, NY, Grace A. McCarthy and Evan D. McCarthy both of Eldersburg, Md.; and a former daughter-in-law, Rita McCarthy of Painted Post, NY.
Patrick was predeceased by his wife, Margaret Semivan, in 2004; daughter, Jennifer McCarthy, in
2005; sisters, Norah Costello (Leonard), Ruth Chapin (Russell), Alice Quieffelec (Alan), Mary
Henderson (Calvin), Margaret McCarthy and Patricia Sullivan (Harold); and infant brother, Thomas
Pat, known in Malone as Henry, spent his first ten years in Oakland, California, then on the
family farm on the Farm-to-Market Road in North Bangor.
He graduated from Franklin Academy and the Adirondack Commercial School, both of Malone, NY.
During World War II, he was a member of a B-25J medium bomber crew serving on Ascension Island in the South Atlantic on anti-submarine and air rescue duty.
He ended his military career as a staff sergeant at Selfridge Air Force Base in Mount Clemons, Mich., where he met his wife.
They were married at Oswego’s St. Louis Roman Catholic Church on June 30, 1948.
He resided in Oswego, NY, from 1946 to 1967, operating McCarthy’s Grocery at the corner of East Seventh and Seneca streets.
The neighborhood store served families as well as children who played in Fort Ontario’s ball fields.
Many former kids still fondly remember the penny candy counter.
Pat and Marge enjoyed conversing with their customers.
In 1967, Patrick and Margaret moved to Scriba, NY, after purchasing the Oswego Western Auto franchise.
Their store opened in the then-new Oswego Plaza in 1966; but later moved to 3 George St. in 1976 after the couple constructed their own building.
They retired from the business in 1990.
Patrick served on the parish council of St. Louis Roman Catholic Church until its closing in 2000.
He then became a member of Scriba’s Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. from Sacred Heart Church.
Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Dowdle Funeral Home on Sunday from 6-8 p.m.
Contributions can be made to the National Kidney Foundation, or Oswego YMCA’s after-school