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Eugene G. McCarthy, 64, of Simmons Road, a labor leader who served as president of the Niagara County Building and Construction Trades Council from 1977 to 1983, died Wednesday (Sept. 23, 1998) in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, after a long illness.

A Chicago native, McCarthy moved to Wilson in 1942. He also lived in North Tonawanda before moving to Ransomville in 1989.

McCarthy was a 1951 graduate of Wilson High School and attended the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Buffalo. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1952, attended Officer Candidate School and was discharged in 1955 as a first lieutenant.

He was an avid bird watcher who enjoyed traveling throughout the country in his quest for new birds to be added to his life list.

McCarthy became a member of Local 463, International Union of Operating Engineers, in 1955 and he worked as a crane operator. He became a trustee on the union's executive board in 1966 and served as a union business agent under his father, Eugene B. McCarthy of Buffalo.

The younger McCarthy was business manager of the union from 1975 until he retired in 1990.

Besides serving as president of the Building and Construction Trades Council, McCarthy was a trustee of the Operating Engineers Joint Benefit Funds from 1970 to 1990. As chairman of the finance and investment subcommittee, he played a major role in making financial investments on behalf of the union members.

He also was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Survivors, besides his father, include his wife, the former Carol Knab; a son, Eugene B. of Niagara Falls; three sisters, Ruthanne Robinson of Alexandria, Va., Cathleen Russell of Fairport and Mary Kaplan of Phoenix; a brother, Michael of Buffalo; and a grandson.

His first wife, the former Carol Hacker, died in 1977.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in Immaculate Conception Church, 4671 Townline Road, after prayers at 9:30 in Hardison Funeral Home, 3648 Ransomville Road. Burial will be in North Ridge Cemetery, Cambria.


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