Eugene F. McCarthy, age 88, of Huntington, entered into eternal rest with the Lord on Friday, April 12th at The Jewish Home in Fairfield.
Eugene was predeceased by his devoted wife Irene, and is survived by his three beloved children, Karen Ayles and her husband Richard, of Monroe, Patricia Prince and her husband Kenneth, of Norwalk, and her son, Robert McCarthy, of Huntington; four grandchildren, Kristen Goncalves, Kendra Brightman, Brendan Prince, and Connor Prince, and two great grandchildren, Ryan and Raegan.
Mac’s family wishes to express its gratitude to the entire staff and organization at The Jewish Home, and especially to the nurses of Bennett Five, for their truly exceptional compassion and care.
Born November 13, 1924 in Bridgeport to Robert and Genevieve McCarthy, Eugene attended St. Charles School, and graduated from Bridgeport’s Warren Harding High School. An athlete and true competitor, Eugene played football at Harding, and following graduation, declined a football scholarship to St. Bonaventure University to instead enlist in the Navy in World War II, where he served as a Sonarman First Class aboard the Destroyer Escort USS Robert I. Paine in the Atlantic Fleet.
Following the war, Eugene graduated from The McAllister School of Embalming and became a Funeral Director and licensed Embalmer, working in the industry for a number of years. Subsequently, Eugene worked for and retired from Martin Marietta Corporation.
Passionate about high school sports and his beloved Harding High School, Eugene was also a football coach under Steve Miska at Harding during the 1950’s and 1960’s. After leaving the Harding staff in the late 1960’s to start his family, Eugene remained involved in other roles with a number of local high school and college football programs, including Shelton High School and Trumbull High School.
Eugene was formerly President of the Harding Fathers’ Club, member of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association, assistant on the Nutmeg Bowl football all-star game staff, and member of the Nutmeg Bowl Committee. Eugene was among the founding members of the Fairco Bowling League, and was active in the league for over 50 years. Eugene was a proud Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, former member of the American Legion, and member of the Catholic War Veterans.
A resident of Trumbull for much of his life, Eugene was an active member of St. Catherine of Siena Parish for many years, and in his later years, moved to Huntington and became a member of St. Lawrence Parish.
Throughout his life, Eugene contributed his time and resources to many religious, charitable, and civic organizations, and felt fortunate to have been able to touch many lives.
Above all, Eugene was a beloved husband and father who would want to be remembered only as a man who tried to make his life an expression of his devout Catholic faith.
Memorial contributions may be made to The School Sisters of Notre Dame, 345 Belden Hill Rd., Wilton, CT 06897.
Friends and family are invited to attend his funeral services on Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. at the Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home 399 White Plains Rd. and at 10:00 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church. Interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bethel. Friends may call on Monday from 4-8 p.m.
For online condolences please visit mullinsfh.com.