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John McCarty Sr.

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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- John Francis McCarty Sr., 90, formerly of North Union Street, died Wednesday, May 17, 2006, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt. He was the widower of Alice Burch McCarty, who died in 1972.

Born in Cambridge on Saturday, June 5, 1915, he was the son of James E. and Agnes Gerow McCarty. He grew up in “Buck Town” (Academy Street) and graduated from Cambridge Union School, class of 1934. Unable to join the service because of a heart murmur, John went to work as a machinist. He worked for many years at Noble and Wood Machine Co. in Hoosick Falls and then at Eagle Bridge Machine in Eagle Bridge.

John was a proud and devoted member of the Cambridge Fire Department, having joined in January 1937, and faithfully served as long as his health permitted.

In 1997 he moved to the Danforth Adult Care Center in Hoosick Falls and later transferred to the Hoosick Falls Health Center. A people person, he enjoyed the company of the staff and fellow residents. He loved playing cards, especially pitch.

He was predeceased by his five siblings, Joseph, Henry and Robert McCarty, Blanche Murphy and Ruth Fitzpatrick.

He is survived by five children and their spouses, Elaine and Thomas Henry of Graham, N.C., Joyce and Richard Whalen of Hoosick Falls, John F. and Irene McCarty Jr. of Rochester, Katherine and John Powers of North Hoosick, and William and Dayle McCarty of Cambridge; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends and relatives are invited to call on Saturday, May 20, 2006, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Ackley & Ross Funeral Home, 73 West Main St., Cambridge. A funeral service will follow at noon with burial following at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Cambridge.

The family requests donations in John’s memory be made to either the Cambridge Fire Department, Cambridge, NY 12816 or the Hoosick Falls Health Center, 21 Danforth St., Hoosick Falls, NY 12090.

John was proud to be from Washington County, proud to be a Cambridge fireman and proud of his family. He will be missed.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 18, 2006
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