Thomas J. McCarthy
June 5, 1932 - August 29, 2021
Thomas James McCarthy, born June 5, 1932, in Geneva, New York, passed away peacefully at his home in Westport, CT, on August 29, 2021.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary; 7 children (Christine, Thomas, John and his wife Susan, Maggie, Michael and his wife Stacy, Paul and his wife Ann, and Stacey); and 9 grandchildren (Kathleen, Thomas, James, Crissy, Patrick, Jack, Danny, Siobhan, and Sean.)
A graduate of Geneva High School, class of 1950, he was a member of the class of 1954 at Dartmouth College. After serving in the Army in Berlin, he purchased a one-way ticket on a Greyhound bus to New York City. Within a week he had met the love of his life and his future wife, Mary, at a St. Patrick's Day CYO dance at the Manhattan Center on 7th Avenue and had embarked on a successful career in the insurance industry. He worked for almost 40 years for General Reinsurance Corporation, where he spearheaded groundbreaking innovations in the pricing of reinsurance policies for individual properties. His department was known for its underwriting profitability for many years. He was a great leader and mentor for many. His career culminated with successful international assignments in London and China.
While he traveled the world extensively, in his mind there was no better place to be then the front porch of his home in Westport, that he called the most beautiful place on Earth.
He was deeply curious with a passion for the world around him and an extraordinary eye for beauty and the works of talented artists and artisans. In addition to his collection of children, he amassed a world-class collection of antique and modern glass paperweights. He cultivated a spectacular rose garden that brought beauty and joy to many. A lifelong lover of golf, he played many of the world's greatest courses but enjoyed a round at his local club, Longshore, most of all. He was a proud progressive and a faithful Catholic. He volunteered for many years at the Gillespie Center where he and Mary served dinner the fourth Monday of each month for many years.
An avid reader and student of history, he gladly shared his books and his opinions with any who asked. He was extraordinarily generous with his good fortune and always willing to give a helping hand to those in need.
He served as an inspiration to his grandchildren and took great pleasure in watching them grow.
He died peacefully at home surrounded by his children and holding the hand of his dear wife, who he called the most beautiful woman in the world. Truly a life well lived.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Catholic Relief Services or the ACLU.
Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral on Friday September 3, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. meeting directly at Assumption Church 98 Riverside Ave Westport, CT for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery, 73 Greens Farms Road, Westport, CT. The family will receive friends in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, Westport, CT on Thursday, September 2, 2021 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Masks are required. Condolences for the family may be left online at www.hardingfuneral.com
Published by The Hour on Aug. 31, 2021.