Richard McCarthy

Richard McCarthy

March 1, 1931 June 6, 2020

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Obituary for Richard Vincent McCarthy

Richard V. McCarthy, 89, formerly of Squirrel Hill, Pa., passed away Saturday, June 6, 2020, at Reading Hospital. He had been a resident for three years at Phoebe Berks in Wernersville. He was the husband of the late Loretta H. (Rogers) McCarthy, who died in 2018. They were married 63 years.

Born in Wilkinsburg, Pa., on March 1, 1931, Richard was the son of Vincent T. and Mary (Harris) McCarthy.

A 1948 graduate of Braddock High School, he worked his way through college, and earned his bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1954. He worked as an apprentice at United States Steel Corporation from 1948 to 1952 before becoming an engineer for Pittsburgh Plate and Glass Company from 1952 to 1957. From then until his retirement in 1990, Richard was an engineer in the power and fuel department for United States Steel.

Rich’s family was the center of his life. He loved having a house full of extended family and friends, and playing with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They enjoyed numerous card games, dominoes, pool, ping-pong and endless “horse” and “pig” basketball games. He always played by “house rules,” and he wrote the rule book!

Rich loved golf, his Pitt Panthers and the Steelers.

He enjoyed helping his community, and volunteered for multiple organizations. In later years, Rich was the most compassionate caregiver to his beautiful wife. He always put the needs of others above his own.

Richard is survived by his children: Suzy Olivo (Ish), Sacramento, Calif.; Janet Gallagher (Jack), Sinking Spring; Michael McCarthy (Joyce), Clinton; and Tricia Krut (Mike), Sinking Spring; grandchildren: Christine Goldman (Hank), Oakdale; Caitlyn Townes (Paul), Richboro; Danny Gallagher, Sinking Spring; Laura McCarthy, Pittsburgh; Morgan Shellock (Ryan), Blackwood, N.J.; Jason Krut, Marlton, N.J.; Emily Krut, Pittsburgh; and Rachel Krut, Sinking Spring; great-grandchildren: Hudson, Maisy, Everly, and Adaline Townes, all of Richboro, and Aubrey Goldman of Oakdale, Pa.

He was predeceased by his sister, Nelle (McCarthy) Hickey.

The family would like to to express sincere thanks to them entire Phoebe Berks staff for the exceptional care they provided.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at 11 a.m. at St. Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic Church in Sinking Spring. While the services and burial will be private due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, webcasts will be available at beginning with the viewing at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday. Contact the family for the password. Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Homes, West Reading, is honored to serve the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the United Way of Berks County, 501 Washington St., No. 601, Reading, Pa., 19601; or St. Ignatius Loyola Church, 2810 St. Albans Drive, Reading, Pa., 19608.

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Tom Kimicata

Our deepest sympathies. I have many fond memories of both Rich and Loretta. The love they showed for each other and all of us kids was inspiring. He is now at peace with his wife and the two of them are watching over us all.
God bless
Tom and Karen Kimicata
Comment | Posted at 05:24pm via Condolence

GmaGpa Kim

tried to watch video but no luck! Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We dearly loved your parents, they brought much fun into our lives!
Comment | Posted at 11:25am via Condolence

leslie perrini

Sending our thoughts and prayers to you all. He was a wonderful father and godfather. I will always remember our vacations and the laughter our families enjoyed together. He loved your mother dearly and now they are together again.
The Perrini Family
Comment | Posted at 07:43am via Condolence

Kathleen Moffett

We would like to extend our thoughts, prayers and sympathies to the entire McCarthy family. Rich was such a wonderful man, so soft spoken but always had a smile on his face. He was a great roommate with dad at Phoebe Berks and we are so glad we were able to meet him and his wonderful family. Rest now my friend Rich and let light perpetual shine upon you. Amen 🙏
The Moffett Family
Comment | Posted at 09:46pm via Condolence

Mary Anne James

My sincere condolences to the entire McCarthy family on the passing of your Father. Your dad was always laughing, smiling and ready for a good time. I will always remember his warm and welcoming ways, treating us like we were his own. I will remember him fondly.
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