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“Our condolences and prayers to the McCarthy family from the employees of Nicholville Telephone Company and Slic Network Solutions. ”
1 of 16 | Posted by: Jeff McGrath - Nicholville, NY

“Midge and children, We love all of you and have had you in our hearts and minds while traveling. We are at a loss for the loss of Jerry. Our great...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: suzanne, bill, Janet,tom, linda - NY

“We love you guys and we know that your strong enough to pull through this rough time in your lives. ”
3 of 16 | Posted by: Eric & Andrea Willis - NY

“Dear Maureen and the McCarthy family, On behalf of all of us at Onondaga Community College and the OCC Foundation, I extend our deepest...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: OCC Foundation - Syracuse, NY

“Dear Midge, Jim, Mary Malone, Maureen and family, My sincere condolences on the passing of Jerry. It's hard to put into words what a truly great guy...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Chuck Lutz - Fayetteville, NY

“Dear Midge, My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow. I am sorry for your loss, words are not enough to express the grief over the loss of...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Yolanta & Matthew Zaba - CT

“Dear Midge, You are in our thoughts and prayers during this horrendous time. I know Jerry suffered alot, but you were always there for him which...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Virginia - Lexington, MA

“Jerry was a great man and will be missed by all. My condolences to his family. Jerry always had odd jobs for me to do around his house and camp....Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Nicholas K Polce - Remsen, NY

“Dear Midge and family, I'm very sorry to hear the news. It was a great pleasure meeting Jerry and your family. He was a great patient who never...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Sheena R - New Hartford, NY

“To Midge and the McCarthy family, Heartfelt sympathies on the loss of Jerry. He was a great man and now soars with the angels. ”
10 of 16 | Posted by: Sam Durso - San Diego, CA

“Condolences and best wishes to all the McCarthy Family from the employees and family of State Telephone Company. ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Mark Evans - Coxsackie, NY

“Dear Family, So many memories come to mind of the wonderful times we spent together with the McCarthy Family. Jerry loved life and lived it to the...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Dan + Nancy Caputo - Barneveld, NY

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Jerry was often the designated driver, taking the HP girls to Camp Kingsley for a week of Girl Scouting! ”
13 of 16 | Posted by: Marilyn Murphy Adams - Berea, KY

“We're sorry for the lose to your family. I will always remember Jerry and Midge pulling up to Foley's Northwoods Inn Tap Room where I tended bar for...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: pat brenda mccann - little falls, NY

“Dear Midge and family, Just received notice from Lou that Jerry had died yesterday. I am so very sorry. You have been through a lot! Wanted you...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Connie Foley - Old Forge, NY

“Although I never had the privilege of meeting Jerry, I've had the pleasure of knowing his three children - Mary Malone, Jim, and Maureen - and have...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Reg Goeke - State College, PA


Jeremiah O. McCarthy Barneveld Jeremiah O. McCarthy, 80, of Barneveld passed away peacefully April 16, 2012 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. Jerry was born June 29, 1931 in Utica, son of the late Peter E. and Mary Malone McCarthy. He graduated from Holland Patent School in 1949. Jerry graduated from Colgate University in 1958 and was a member of Delta Upsilon. He thoroughly enjoyed his time at Colgate and often returned to football games in the fall. On November 29th, 1967 he was united in marriage to Christine (Midge) Foley at Our Lady of Lourdes in Utica, New York. Their endless devotion and love for one another was an inspiration to so many. Jerry began his career with the Royal Globe Insurance and later continued on with Utica Fire Insurance Company. He was very fond and often reminisced about his career in the insurance industry. In 1967, Jerry returned to his family business Oneida County Rural Telephone based in Holland Patent - a community he was incredibly proud of being a part of. During his time at Oneida County Rural Telephone, Jerry became especially active in the New York State Telephone Association serving on the board for twelve years including President from 1982-1984. Following his father's legacy, Jerry believed in providing quality service to the customers of Oneida County Rural Telephone. In 1982, Jerry founded Northland Communications where he was the first to be authorized in New York Sate to enter into the long distance business. He was a pioneer, entrepreneur and true leader. Most importantly he had a sincere appreciation for each and every customer striving to always do a "little more … a little better". Some of his happiest times were spent talking in his office where you often would see his office lit late into the evening. A day never ended without him expressing his appreciation for the employees of the companies. He would often say they were the foundation of his success and how grateful he was to work with an exceptional team. The Oneida County Telephone and Northland employees were and will remain his extended family . Jerry was committed to the organizations in which he served both locally and throughout the state. He was past member of the Board of Directors of the Delhi Telephone Co., Newport Telephone Company, Utica College and Fulmont Insurance Company. He retired after serving on the board of Commercial Travelers Insurance Company for 18 years. In addition, Jerry served on the board of directors of EDGE where he passionately spoke and contributed to the success of the region. He was proud of the Mohawk Valley and wanted nothing more than to see the area prosper. Jerry was a member of the Yahnudasis Golf and Country Club, The Sadaquada Golf Club and the Fort Schuyler Club, most recently being named President of the Board of Directors. A position he was so grateful for. Jerry was active in the Fort Schuyler Club Yacht Squadron where he shared many fond memories and outings with his fellow boaters. He was involved with the United Way and served on the campaign cabinet for many years as the co-chair of Alexis de Tocqueville. Additional organizations include The American Heart Association, Engine 11, the Faxton Children's Hospital Foundation, the Holland Patent Library Association and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. He was a member of the Holland Patent Fire Department and the American Legion Roberts Post 161. Jerry's spirit was larger than life and his love of family and friends was a gift to all. His plaid pants and spirited story telling will never be forgotten. Jerry cherished time with friends and family; especially his many years on the St. Lawrence River. He was happiest at the helm of his boat with family and friends by his side. In later years, Jerry enjoyed his time in Old Forge, next to a warm fire in the winter and mowing the lawn (in first gear) during the summer. Jerry's faith, family and friends were at the root of his soul. He was never at a loss for a great story and a laugh that warmed your heart in an instant. Jerry had a genuine interest in everyone's life and found such joy in doing a kind deed for someone else. He was exceptionally proud of his seven grandchildren and loved attending their sporting events or piano recitals. His grandson's will always remember being called "My Man" and the late night (often colorful) stories he would share with them. Jerry never closed a conversation without saying "God Bless You." A phrase that was true to his heart and will be forever missed. Jerry is survived by his wife, Christine (Midge), his children Mary Malone McCarthy and her husband Michael Wade of Clinton, James P. McCarthy and his wife Ursula Zaba McCarthy of Fayetteville, NY, Maureen McCarthy Tracy and her husband John Tracy of Camillus, NY; his grandchildren Jeremiah (J.P.), Michael and Elizabeth Wade; Madaline and Zoe McCarthy; and Molly and Annie Tracy; his sister Patricia Toussaint of Whitesboro, his brother Peter E. McCarthy, II and his wife Sharon of Holland Patent, his sister Maryann McCarthy of Clinton, his sister Sue Donovan of Worcester, MA; his sister-in-law Suzanne Hewitt of CA and many loved nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and countless longtime friends whose friendship he treasured. Jerry was predeceased by his parents Peter and Mary McCarthy, his sister who he loved deeply –Johanna McCarthy Sherman. He was predeceased by his brother – in – laws; Anthony Toussaint, Robert Donovan and Jack Sherman. He was also predeceased by a special grand niece Adelaide Toussaint. The family wishes to thank all of the Medical Staff who provided such passionate care for Jerry over the years. Your dedication is very much appreciated. A special thank you is also extended to the many incredible friends and family that stood by his side the past number of years. Your friendship, music and laughter was a gift of a lifetime. The Funeral mass will

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