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John J. "Jack" McCarthy II, 82, passed away peacefully at home on April 16, 2015. He was born on July 29, 1932 in medina, NY, the son of the late John J. McCarthy and Mary (Deasy) McCarthy. He graduated from Medina High School, received a Bachelor of Arts from St. Bonnaventure Universiy and a Masters Degree from the University of Miami in FL. He was a member of the Pi Kappi Phi Fraternity.
Medina, NY was his home his home for 65 Years, He is predeceased by his parents and two sisters, Katherine (McCarthy) Schilling and Julie Ann (McCarthy) Anderson. Jack married Joyce Marie Rossow on 1/21/1966 who predeceased him on 12-14-1994.
Jack work as a farm manager for Lew Phinney Quarter Horses and Mike Bokman Quarter Horses, successfully showing many horses at halter for their owners. He was a past president of the Empire State Quarter Horse Association. He served as Civil Defense Dir. and Fire Coordinator for Orleans County for 6 years. He attended the National Fire Academy and completed many courses and later instructed there. Jack was a county Legislator for Orleans Co. He retired from the Army Reserves after serving 26 years, becoming a First Sergeant with rank of E8.
He was a member of St. Mary's Church, Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus, Ridgeway Fire Co., American Legion Drum Corps and Vice President of the Shelby Fire Co. Drum Corps. He enjoyed playing semi pro football for MAC (Medina Athletic Club).
Jack was well known for his "McCarthy Auction Service". He sold household goods, horse tack & equip; horses and cars. He loved the auction business and entertaining auction goers with his stories. He was a generous person, willing to help anyone in need. He had a quick wit and enjoyed making everyone around him laugh.
Jack married Virginia (Fowlston) Law on Aug 16, 1997 and relocated to Almond, NY. After moving to Almond he served as Town Supervisor for short time and continued selling horse tack at auction, until 2006 when he suffered an injury from a fall that forced his retirement. In recent years he enjoyed watching John Wayne movies and spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, two step daughters, Sandra (David) Washburn of Almond, NY, Deborah Billings of Ft. Myers, FL, three step grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Special family and friends include: Elrene Monroe of N. Tonawanda, Gary and Diane Woodcock of Lockport, and his niece, Julie Ann "Annie" Anderson of FL.
Relatives and friends may call on Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 11-1 PM at the Bates & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St. Medina, NY 14103, where a funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM with the Rev. Daniel J. Fawls officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery.
There will also be a memorial service at the Bishopville United Methodist Church in Arkport, NY on Saturday, April 25 at 1:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Jack's name to: Holy Trinity Parish/St. Mary's Church, West Ave. Medina, NY 14103. Or to: a charity of one's choice.