MCCARTHY, Eileen - Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, USA and a forty-two-year resident of Welland, died Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at Hospice Niagara, St. Catharines in her seventieth year after bravely fighting a nine-month battle with cancer. She was the oldest child of the late William J. and Virginia Shannon McCarthy, dearly loved sister of Ann Rooney of Barcelona, Spain, Mary Carroll (John Andrew Jr.) and Joan Hodges, both of Winchester, MA, William J. (Deborah) of St. Petersburg Beach, FL, Virginia of Pittsburgh, PA, James J. (Abby) of Ipswich, MA and John K. (Deborah) of Allison Park, PA; loving aunt of sixteen nieces and nephews, thirteen grand-nieces and nephews, and a number of dear and special friends. She is also predeceased by her sister Margaret Mary "Peggy" McCarthy. Eileen lived her Baptism vocation as a most committed Catholic layperson. She came of age in faith in the Vatican II era. Eileen was respected nationally for her years of leadership of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace and provincially for her effective participation on the Social Affairs Commission of the Ontario Bishops. In Niagara, she was remarkable in the contributions she made to the Catholic Education Project, especially the formation of teachers and in her mentoring of students and young teachers during her many years at Notre Dame College School. Her commitment to social justice and her passion for working to bring about a sense of the common good are essential to the legacy she leaves in her life and work. An intelligent, compassionate and passionate person, she leaves behind countless friends from coast to coast. Friends may call on Sunday, December 18 from 2:00--4:00 and 7:00--9:00 p.m. at J.J. Patterson & Sons Funeral Residence, 19 Young Street, Welland, where a prayer vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, December 19 at 10:00 a.m. at The Parish Community of St. Kevin, Welland. Rite of Committal will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Kevin's Social Justice Fund or the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. Online memories and condolences at www.jjpatterson.ca
As a memorial tribute, a tree will be planted in Memory Woods. A tree grows -- memories live.
Published by Toronto Star on Dec. 17, 2011.