After suffering from complications of Alzheimer's disease, James "Bob" McCarrick passed away at home on Oct. 10, 2011.
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He was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Grace McCarrick; and his wife, Betty Mullins McCarrick.
Bob was born in New York City. At the age of 10, his father moved to the Panama Canal Zone to work; the family soon followed. After attending PCZ schools and graduating from Balboa High School, Bob decided to stay in the Canal Zone until his retirement in 1979, working mostly for the Maintenance Division. During the Korean War he served in the Air Force for four years. After retiring, Bob and family moved to Jacksonville, Fla.
Bob loved the beautiful waters of Panama and the Emerald Coast - boating (he even built one of his own boats), water skiing and fishing. He also enjoyed building and repairing anything, and was always ready to help others when they needed something fixed.
During Bob's five-year battle with Alzheimer's he was lovingly cared for at home by Peg and his wonderful, kind caregivers, William, Marvis, Sharon, Jermaine and Craig. Their help was very much appreciated.
Bob is survived by his son, Jim McCarrick of Raleigh, N.C., and children, Zane and Alexis; his daughter, Sandy and Terry Watts of Chester, Va., and children, Spencer and Olivia; his brother, Harold and Tharice McCarrick of Jacksonville; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bob also leaves behind his companion and best friend of 20 years, Peg Simpson of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and her children.
As Bob requested, there will be no formal services. His ashes will be privately distributed over the water by the family at a later date.
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Oct. 18, 2011