In memory of
John T. McCarthy was born in Sault Ste. Marie, MI on May 23, 1945. He passed away suddenly in the arms of his loving wife, Jeanette, on October 7, 2016 in their home in Spokane, WA where they spent the past 11 years. This strong, kind, and gentle man grew up and spent most of his life on the St. Marys River in Sault Ste. Marie. He was from a strong Irish background. John grew up on the Sault's east side with his parents and 4 siblings and played basketball for St. Mary's and Loretto Schools. He met and married his high school sweetheart and from that day forward loved and committed everything to the family they built together. He was a quiet soul who was always willing to stand up for others. He loved to hunt, fish and spend hours in the forest. He was proud to graduate from the Ford Forestry Center and loved wildlife and nature, but his proudest accomplishment was his love for his wife, children, parents, and siblings. Over the course of his life, John was committed to serving his faith community and loving life. John and his wife spent many years singing in the Nativity Church Choir. Anyone that has ever attended a Christmas Eve service there heard his beautiful baritone voice, proud and strong. One of John's passions was playing horseshoes. He travelled across the country to play, and was a world champion. He spent hours practicing and coaching his grandchildren in his love of the game. More recently, you could find him playing weekly darts with his lifetime partner and best friend. John was a proud member of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians. John is survived by his loving wife, Jeanette; sons: John III (Diane) McCarthy and Michael (Stephanie) McCarthy; daughter Shannon (William) Schroeder; grandchildren Erick, John IV, Michael, Connor, Ethan, Patrick and Alanna; Siblings Mary McCarthy, R. Michael (Judy) McCarthy, Kathleen (Richard) Adams and Timothy (Sue Ellen) McCarthy; and many cherished nieces and nephews. John will be met in heaven by his parents, John and Frances McCarthy. Visitation will take place on Oct. 17 at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Nine Mile Falls, WA starting with a rosary at 7 p.m. The Mass to celebrate his life will be at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. Memorials may be directed to Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church Building Fund, 6122 Highway 291, Nine Mile Falls, WA 99026. The family will plan a memorial service in the summer of 2017 to lay John to rest at Donaldson Cemetery in Pickford, MI. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Catholic Funeral & Cemetery Services of Spokane and flowers may be directed to them at 7200 N. Wall St., Spokane, WA 99208. …and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand. – Traditional Irish Blessing
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