In memory of
Joseph Weeden (Jerry) McCARTHY
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In memory of
Joseph Weeden (Jerry) McCARTHY
McCARTHY, Joseph Weeden (Jerry) May 7, 1925 – February 8, 2017 Left behind are his loving wife of sixty-four years (Torchy); his son Joe; his daughter Megan; his beloved grandson Tanner; three nieces (Brenda, Susan and Nancy); and his nephew Craig. Predeceased by his brother Bob Walker. Jerry was born and raised in Edmonton. He attended Spruce Avenue Elementary School and Victoria High. After stints with both the army and sea cadets (the latter group known as the Warriors), he volunteered for the navy, mustering as a stoker second class. Three years later, he was an acting stoker first class – a meteoric rise that, as his wife pointed out, he never let go to his head. He attended both the universities of Saskatchewan and Alberta, graduating as an electrical engineer in 1950. After his service in the navy, he joined the army, serving as an officer in the RCEME. He left the army in 1953 when given the choice of taking a course or marrying his wife Torchy Detlor in Regina. Torchy accompanied him in his long career as a pipeliner, which saw him lay thousands of miles of pipe in countries as far away as Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, India, Russia and the USA. He worked for such companies as Cotter Brothers, Williams Brothers, Marine Pipeline, Majestic Wiley, Perini Arctic, Pitts Price, Fluor Engineering, AIC, Enserch, Underwater Construction, Charrington Drilling, FNC Lavalin and Colt Engineering. He was active in his professional associations, both the ARPEGGA and the PLCAC, serving as president of the latter organisation in the mid-seventies. He retired at eighty-four after more than six decades of work, 49 residences and an uncountable legion of friends. Jerry loved his work, loved to dance, loved to tell stories, loved sports, loved life – but, above all, loved his Torchy. He was a member of the Calgary Petroleum Club, the Earl Grey Golf Club, The Glencoe Club, the Ranchmen's Club, The Revellers, the Bridge Club and the Anchorage Croquet Club. Known for his Irish charm, he was called upon often to speak, not least because doing so obviated the need for a microphone. Husband. Father. Grandfather. Uncle. Mentor. Boss. Friend. He will be missed. A Wake will be held at the Ranchmen's Club at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2017.
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