John “Jack” McCarthy
Travelers Insurance retiree, Chelsea Crossing Guard and Longtime Volunteer at Catholic Charities, St. Rose’s and Our Lady of Grace Parishes in Chelsea
John A. “Jack” McCarthy passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 5 after a short battle with pancreatic and liver cancer. He was predeceased in April by his loving wife Anne with whom he shared 61 years of wedded bliss.
He was the beloved son of the late John and Frances (Youngman) McCarthy and the dear brother of Frances (McCarthy) Chetty.
Jack was raised in Medford where he attended public school and graduated from Medford High. While in high school he ran track and set the record for the fastest 40- yard dash in New England. He furthered his education at Northeastern University and in 1958 graduated with a BS in Business Administration.
While at Northeastern, his buddy Ernie introduced him to Anne who was a friend of Ernie’s girlfriend Lee and the rest is history. Jack and Anne fell in love and were married on May 23,1959. They settled in Chelsea where they raised their their sons. They were caring and wonderful parents and grandparents. They assisted with schoolwork, went to all of their sporting events and took them on day trips and vacations.
Jack’s career was working at Travelers Insurance Company and in retirement he became a crossing guard for over five years. He also devoted many years volunteering – whether running food pantry at St Rose Church, administration functions at Catholic Charities and at Our Lady of Grace Parish.
He enjoyed spending as much time as possible with his family and longtime friends. He loved playing cards and having domino marathons, of course always for small money. Jack liked to visit the casinos but seemed to only make donations — but at least he was having fun. He was an avid fan of the Red Sox, Bruins and Patriots. Later in life he and Anne delighted in taking cruises and vacations whether it was just the two of them or with their friends to the Caribbean, Florida, Canada or Las Vegas to name a few.
He will be the forever-loved father of John McCarthy of Rowley, Brian McCarthy and his wife, Debbie of Danvers and Michael McCarthy and his wife, Kelly of Andover. . He will truly be missed by his dear sister-in-law Barbara O’Connor of Chelsea and Helen O’Connor of Pontiac, Michigan. He is also survived by his grandson, Michael McCarthy and his wife, Laura of Danvers and granddaughters, Kenadie McCarthy of Danvers and Emmi McCarthy of Andover and his great grandson, Nathan McCarthy of Danvers as well as his niece, Terry Austin and nephew, Darrell Austin, both of Michigan, as well as many dear cousins and loving friends.
Visiting hours will be held from the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, October 8 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. All attendees are required to wear face coverings, practice social distancing when greeting the family, pay their respects and exit the funeral home to allow other guests to enter.
His Funeral will be from the Welsh Funeral Home on Friday, Oct. 9 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
We encourage family and friends who wish, to offer condolences at this time by means of the online guest book or to send a personalized sympathy card visit; www.WelshFuneralHome.com.
Should friends desire, contributions in Jack’s name should be directed to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline MA 02445
Arrangements given to the care and direction of the Welsh Funeral Home, Chelsea. We continue to encourage family and friends who wish, to offer condolences at this time by means of the online guest book or to send a personalized sympathy card visit: www.WelshFuneralHome.com.
Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Chelsea, 617-889-2723
Devoted to Home and Family, Respected and Loved by All Who Knew Her
Laura (Siewko) Eaves of Norwell, formerly of Chelsea and Wolfeboro NH, passed away Thursday, Sept. 24 at Southwood at Norwell Nursing Home where she had been receiving supportive care for the past two years. She was 91 years of age.
Born and raised in Chelsea, Laura was a beloved daughter of the late Boleslaw “Bill” and Stanislawa “Stella” (Usewicz) Siewko. She attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1947.
Laura married the love of her life, Ralph H. Eaves, also from Chelsea, and together they raised their daughter, Carol and son, Ralph in Chelsea. Devoted to home and family, Laura also worked for many years as a cafeteria worker with the Chelsea School Department.
Laura was widowed in 2001 after sharing 52 years of love and devotion with her husband, Ralph.
Laura was a wonderfully pleasant and strong woman, respected and loved by everyone who knew her. She enjoyed being with her family and spending time year round on Pine River Pond, Wakefield, NH, where she and her husband were able to create a beautiful second home and memories for generations of family to come. Laura was famous for teaching everyone who visited how to water ski and making delicious polish food and the absolute best homemade pies you could ever dream of eating.
A resident of Chelsea for most of her life, Laura moved to Wolfeboro, NH with her husband Ralph to enjoy their retirement years. She relocated to Norwell in 2018.
In addition to her parents and husband, Laura was also predeceased by siblings: Leo Siewko, Wanda Fleming and Chester Siewko. She was the beloved wife of 52 years to the late (ret.) CPD Lt. Ralph H. Eaves and the devoted mother of Carol Eaves-Gaff of Norwell and her late husband Laurence “Larry” Gaff and Dr. Ralph W. Eaves and his wife, Karen of Norwell, the cherished grandmother of Sarah Eaves and Madeline Eaves and is also survived by several loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews.
A private family farewell was held followed by graveside prayers and interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
Arrangements were given to the care and direction of the Welsh Funeral Home, Chelsea. We continue to encourage family and friends who wish, to offer condolences at this time by means of the online guest book or to send a personalized sympathy card visit; www.WelshFuneralHome.com.