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MICHAEL J. MCCARTHY, RETIRED POLICE LIEUTENANT

A Mass of Christian Burial for Michael J. "Iron Mike" McCarthy, a retired desk lieutenant for the Buffalo Police Department, will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Holy Family Catholic Church, 1885 South Park Ave.

Prayers will be said at 9:15 in Nightengale Funeral Home, 1884 South Park Ave. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.

McCarthy, 86, who lived in West Seneca, died Saturday (Sept. 27, 1997) in Mercy Hospital after a short illness.

A native of Buffalo's Old First Ward, McCarthy was the patriarch of a family that includes 20 past and present members of local and state police agencies.

His two sons and six grandsons followed in his footsteps as Buffalo police officers.

He joined the Police Department in 1942. In the early years of his career, he became known as "Iron Mike," a no-nonsense cop who walked the beat in old Precincts 1, 3 and 8.

He spent his last 10 years with the department as a desk lieutenant with the Tactical Patrol Unit.

McCarthy, who retired in 1973, had a second job as a machinist and metal worker for McDonald's, which manufactured ash trays. He worked there for 29 years until he retired in 1979. He was a night watchman for Tops Markets for the next 10 years.

He was a member of the Police Conference of New York, the International Police Association and the Police Benevolent Association.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Margaret; three daughters, Anne Lauber of Cheektowaga, Kathleen O'Keefe of San Clemente, Calif., and Margaret Nigrelli; two sons, Patrick of Lancaster and Michael J. Jr.; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

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