John "Brub" McCarthy, a retired Niagara Falls School District teacher, died Sunday in his lifelong Niagara Falls home under the care of Niagara Hospice. He was 85.
Mr. McCarthy was a graduate of Sacred Heart School and St. Mary's High School. He attended Niagara University, the University of Scranton and was a 1950 graduate of Canisius College.
Mr. McCarthy, who was also known as "Jack" and "Mac," served in the Army Air Forces in the Pacific Theater during World War II, rising to the rank of corporal.
Early in his teaching career, Mr. McCarthy taught in Ellicottville. In the Niagara Falls district, where he spent the bulk of his career, he taught English, math, speed reading and adult education and saw duty at Niagara Falls High School and Gaskill Middle School. He retired in 1982.
Mr. McCarthy was an active and lifelong member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was a member of New York State United Teachers, the Retired Teachers Association and the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Patricia
McInerney of Niagara Falls; five sons, Joseph of Troy, Ill., Timothy of Las Vegas, Sean and Edward, both of Niagara Falls, and Thomas of Panama City, Fla.; five daughters, Nora Scherer of Kingston, Mary Critelli and Patricia Burtch, both of Niagara Falls, Margaret "Peggy" Cappellazzo of Sunrise, Fla., and Michele Whitley of South Hampton, N.H.; two sisters, Nonie Cramer of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Nancy Reilly of Sarasota, Fla.; 34 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in Sacred Heart Church, 11th Street and South Avenue, after prayers at 9:30 in Rhoney Funeral Home, 1124 Ontario Ave. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston.