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Paul R. McCarthy Sr., former Clarence supervisor, music teacher

Nov. 11, 1942 – Jan. 28, 2016

Paul R. McCarthy Sr., a former Town of Clarence supervisor, died Thursday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 73.

He was born in Buffalo, but his family moved to Clarence when he was 6. Mr. McCarthy graduated from Clarence High School in 1961.

An accordion player from age 5, he formed a five-piece band right out of high school called Paul McCarthy and the Talk of the Town. The band played music for all occasions, mainly weddings, until the late 1980s.

He taught music to people recovering from drug addiction at the Iroquois Rehabilitation Center during the late 1960s.

Later, while employed as a building inspector and zoning officer for the Town of Clarence, he also gave music lessons in his home on instruments including piano, organ, accordion, guitar and bass.

He served in many town positions, including Ethics Board member, secretary to the Planning Board, secretary to Board of Appeals, Inter-Community Committee member and Governmental Operations Review Committee member.

Mr. McCarthy served as supervisor from 1996 until 1997, when he retired. After retiring, he continued to play the accordion for nursing home residents.

Mr. McCarthy was a founder of the annual Taste of Clarence and introduced a car show to the event, according to his family.

A member of the Niagara Frontier Region Model A Club and Street Angels Car Club, he owned a 1930 Model A Ford, which he purchased at age 15 and showed off locally at cruise nights.

Mr. McCarthy drove his Model A for 30 years until he and his son, Paul Jr., restored it in their garage.

He was a member of the Clarence Fire Company for more than 40 years and served as a commissioner.

In addition to his son, survivors include a daughter, Lynn; and two grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Clarence United Methodist Church, 10205 Greiner Road.