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LAWRENCE J. MCCARTHY BURLINGTON - Lawrence J. McCarthy, 90, of Burlington, died Sunday, July 25, 2010 after a brief illness. He passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family. Lawrence was born in Worcester, Mass. on Aug. 26, 1919, the son of the late Jeremiah and Georgianna (Healy) McCarthy. He was a graduate of Commerce High School in Worcester. He served in the United States Border Patrol, Houlton Sector and the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Baltimore, Md., Detroit and Port Huron, Mich., and in Burlington. He retired in 1978. On June 4, 1949, he married Mary T. Barrons in Worcester. He was a longtime communicant and lector at St. Mark's Parish. Larry is remembered with fondness by employees in the Federal Building in Burlington for his unique method of conditioning for ski season by walking backwards up the stairs. Larry loved the game of golf and played his final round in May on a Tuesday night with the YMCA Ray Maddocks League at Rocky Ridge. He skied the slopes of Vermont and Switzerland into his eighties and proudly renewed his free Senior Pass at Smuggler's Notch each year even after his skiing days had ended. The youngest of three brothers, he became the Elder Statesman of the "McCarty" Family. Larry lovingly shared his wisdom, wit and charm with all generations of the extended family and as well as with dear friends in Burlington, Houlton, Ferndale and Worcester. He had an uncanny memory and a keen interest in the world and we all loved to hear stories of his youth, his career and his wonderful life with Mary. For his 90th birthday last summer, Larry's grand- children gathered in Burlington to work on projects at his home and to host a dinner in their Grampy's honor. We are all far better people for having him in our lives. Larry was proud of his Irish heritage, though he never set foot on Irish soil. Top 'o the morning to you dear Dad, and the rest of the day to you as well. He is survived by his four children, James L. and his wife, Martha, of Maine, Daniel J. and his wife, Barbara, of Michigan, Thomas F. and his wife, Rachel, of Burlington, and Barbara Minder and her husband, Hans-Peter, of, Switzerland; and nine grandchildren, Michael, Caitlin, Emily, Allison, Courtney, Patrick and Matthew McCarthy and Joseph and Samuel Minder; sister-inlaw, C. Barbara Barrons of Worcester, Mass.; 10 nieces and nephews; 12 greatnieces and nephews; and 17 great-great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; brother, Francis and his wife, Catherine; brother, George and his wife, Rita; and great-nephews, Timothy and Sean. Larry is also survived by many special friends located everywhere he lived or visited, especially the families known as "the Hood" who lovingly embraced and included him in their lives after Mary's death. The family would like to give special thanks for the wonderful medical care provided by Dr. Chris Hebert and Dr. Gene Moore, Alicia White, Linda Seaver, Starr Farm Nursing Center, Chittenden Unit and the VNA Hospice division. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 1 p.m. in St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church. A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 30, 2010 at 10 a.m. in St. John's Cemetery, Worcester, MA. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, July 27 from 3 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. in the Ready Funeral Home, North Chapel, 934 North Ave., Burlington. Donations in memory of Larry may be made to Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Program, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446 or to a charity of one's choice. To send online condolences, please visit

Published in The Burlington Free Press from July 26 to July 27, 2010
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