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  • Joseph E. McCarthy

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  • LITTLE FALLS Joseph E. McCarthy, 84, of Burwell Street, Little Falls, a longtime local pharmacist, passed away Saturday, May 10, 2014, at his residence, following a brief illness.
    He was born on Dec. 27, 1929, in Albany, the son of the late J. Earle and Katherine (Maxwell) McCarthy. He was a graduate of St. Mary's Academy, Little Falls, Class of 1947. Following graduation, he was employed by Remington Arms Co. and Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. He then enrolled in the Albany College of Pharmacy and graduated from there in 1953.
    On Sept. 12, 1953, he was united in marriage to the former Phyllis Plunkett at St. Mary's Church, Little Falls, and have enjoyed a loving union for 60 years.
    For several years, he was a member of the Army National Guard. He enjoyed golfing, skiing, playing cards and spending time at Pleasant Lake. But, most of all, he loved flying his airplane with friends.
    He was a member of the Holy Family Parish Church, Little Falls, the former Knights of Columbus Council No. 220, Little Falls, Little Falls Elks Lodge No. 42, B.P.O.E., and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He was an avid Notre Dame fan and "always" expected them to win.
    Joe worked for his father in the operation of McCarthy's Drugs Store until his passing in 1959. In 1963, he purchased Coat's Drug Store in Little Falls and combined the two stores, which he operated until 1987. He was later employed as a pharmacist for Rite Aid, CVS and Kinney Drugs stores in the area. He was last employed in the pharmacy department of Little Falls Hospital.
    He is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis; his son, Joseph M. McCarthy and his wife, Lee Ann, of Portsmouth, R.I.; his daughter, Mary E. McCarthy, of Chatham, Mass.; his brother, John McCarthy and his wife, Annmarie, of Rockville, Md.; his sister, Jane Muller, of New York City; sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Joe Seifried, of West Winfield; his wonderful and cherished grandchildren, Bart, Ryan, Adrian, Eamon, Sieria and Sydney; his great-grandchildren, Carmen, Declan, Dylan and Savanna Marie; and several nieces and nephews.
    He was predeceased by his son, William J. McCarthy, on June 29, 2009, and by his brother, Walter McCarthy.
    Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 9 a.m. from Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, Inc., 42 N. Ann St., Little Falls, and at 9:30 a.m. from Holy Family Parish Church, corner of Main and Johns streets, Little Falls, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Terence Healy. Interment will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer.
    Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the funeral home on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. and to attend the funeral services on Wednesday morning.
    It is the wish of the family that contributions in memory of Mr. McCarthy be considered to Holy Family Parish Church, 763 E. Main St., Little Falls, NY 13365 or to Hospice and Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home for this purpose.
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    The family wishes to thank Nancy Turturo, John and Barb Wojdan and all of his friends for their visits, cards and prayers during his illness.
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