Michael J. McCarthy

Michael J. McCarthy, 75, of Parkersburg, died March 27, 2013, at Mount Carmel West Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

He was born Aug. 9, 1937, in Baltimore, Md., a son of the late Burton George and Elda Mae Porter McCarthy.

Mike worked for Kaiser Aluminum (now Pechiney) in Ravenswood, W.Va., for 40 years. He ended his career with several years as Quality Engineering Manager, responsible for assuring compliance with aerospace and military specifications. NASA awarded him a trip to the Space Center, with front row seats at a shuttle launch.

Mike served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Europe, and was instrumental in processing some of the 80,000 Hungarian refugees who emigrated to the U.S. after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution against the Soviet Union. After retirement in 1997, Mike volunteered with FaithLink, providing rides to homebound individuals. He also helped visitors to Camden Clark’s large office building, driving a golf cart in the parking lot. Mike enjoyed annual visits to St. Petersburg, Fla., and Ocean City, Md. He loved seafood, fishing, golf and watching, reading and talking about politics.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor L. McCarthy; one daughter, Kelly (Jeff) Black of Pickerington, Ohio; two sons, Michael J. (JoAnn) McCarthy Jr. of Worthington, Ohio, and Allan K. Tear II of Providence, R.I.; six grandchildren, Ryan, Jaymie and Corey Black, Garrett McCarthy and Raji and Samu Tear; four brothers, Burton G. (Ruth) McCarthy, Gregory V. (Carol) McCarthy, Timothy C. (Helen) McCarthy and Thomas L. (Marlene) McCarthy; and one sister, Patricia L. McCarthy.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one brother, Kenneth J. McCarthy; and one infant sister, Kathleen McCarthy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, with Monsignor Joseph Peterson and Father Andy Switzer as celebrants. Burial will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with a time of prayer and memory sharing at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation, 545 Farmers Dr, Columbus, OH 43235.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.leavittfuneralhome.com