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John J. 'Skip' McCarthy Jr.

September 17, 1927 January 29, 2019
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John Joseph "Skip" McCarthy Jr., 91, died on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at home in Hyde Park.
Born in Poughkeepsie September 17, 1927 to Laura (nee Callanan) and John Joseph "Skip" McCarthy Sr., he grew up on North Clover Street with his
sisters, Anne and Joan. He graduated Poughkeepsie High School and joined the Navy serving aboard the mighty tugboat U.S.S. Nokomis in the Pacific during World War II.
After the war, he graduated from Fordham University with his pharmacy degree and on June 10, 1950 married his sweetheart, Mary Doris Regina Steeves, of Manhattan at the Church of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in NYC.
Skip and Poopsie built a home in Hyde Park and raised three boys and one girl to be fine adults. They also travelled extensively, skiing with a great group of friends and enjoying the ocean and beaches most of all.
Skip owned Poughkeepsie Midtown Pharmacy on Main Street for decades and later in his career, was a pharmacist at McCarthy's Pharmacy in Stanfordville.
Mary Doris died on November 9, 2004 after fifty-four years of marriage and life was never the same. His oldest son, Kevin, died on December 2, 2016 - another huge loss for our hero.
Left to remember the good times are his three children, Keith (Sharon) McCarthy of White Plains and Long Beach, NY, Sean (Eileen) McCarthy of Stanfordville, and Susan (Chris) Dingee of Hyde Park.
His grandchildren will miss him deeply. Seamus (Erica) McCarthy, Sinead McCarthy, Daniel McCarthy, Caitlin McCarthy and Sara Dingee all have many wonderful memories to cherish.
His sisters, Anne Frisone and Joan Paquet survive as does Mary Doris'
cousin, Nancy Murphy, and many nieces and nephews.
He had many wonderful caregivers in his last eighteen months, all of whom were greatly appreciated, none more than his daughter, Susan, and husband, Chris, who shouldered much of the responsibility. Special thanks to Hudson Valley Hospice and VA Hudson Valley Home Care for their professional and tender care.
Calling hours will be 4 to 7 pm, Friday, February 1st at Sweet’s Funeral Home, Rte. 9, Hyde Park.
A simple celebration of friendship, family and camaraderie that Skip and Poopsie so enjoyed, will be at 10 am, Saturday, February 2nd at the Funeral Home. Rev. Arlene Dawber will officiate.
Burial with military honors will follow in the family plot at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Poughkeepsie.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hyde Park Fire Department, 4306 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park, NY 12538 (they responded and were kind and efficient many times this past year), or, the Hyde Park Free Library, 2 Main Street, Hyde Park, NY 12538 (
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4:00 PM 2/1/2019 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 2/1/2019 7:00:00 PM
Sweet's Funeral Home, Inc.

4365 Albany Post Rd.
(Route 9)
Hyde Park, NY 12538

Sweet's Funeral Home, Inc.
4365 Albany Post Rd. Hyde Park 12538 NY
United States





10:00 AM 2/2/2019 10:00:00 AM
Sweet's Funeral Home, Inc.

4365 Albany Post Rd.
(Route 9)
Hyde Park, NY 12538

Sweet's Funeral Home, Inc.
4365 Albany Post Rd. Hyde Park 12538 NY
United States

Cemetery Details


Saint Peter's Cemetery Final Resting Place

171 Salt Point Turnpike
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

171 Salt Point Turnpike Poughkeepsie 12603 NY
United States

Memorial Contribution

Hyde Park Free Library

2 Main Street
Hyde Park, NY 12538

Hyde Park Fire Department

4306 Albany Post Rd.
Hyde Park, NY 12538

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