Ronald R. McCarthy
June 18, 1938 – December 30, 2019
Ronald (Ron) McCarthy, age 81, of Townsend, Tennessee passed away on Monday December 30, 2019 after a long illness. Ron was a member of the Townsend Volunteer Fire Department for many years. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He retired from Ore-Ida Foods and moved to Townsend after 30 years of service. He was a CPR instructor for the Red Cross from the 1970's up until retirement. Ron also served his country in the United States Army during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Betty McCarthy; siblings, Robert and Sherry; and parents, Henry and Barbara.
He is survived by his daughters, Susan Jones (Charles), Kathleen Crowder (Monty), Lisa Skean (Tim); grandchildren, Tiffani (Kenny), Tanner, Max, Oscar, Ellie, Charlie and Evie; and great-granddaughter, Emma Grace.
A receiving of friends and family for Ronald will be held Thursday, January 2, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 pm at Sherwood Chapel and Memorial Gardens, 3176 Airport Highway, Alcoa, TN 37701. A Graveside Service will follow at 1:00 pm.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.sherwoodchapel.com for the McCarthy family.
- Receiving of Friends and Family Thursday, January 2, 2020
- Graveside Service Thursday, January 2, 2020
Ronald R. McCarthy
January 1, 2020
Sue, Kathy, Lisa and family....
My deepest condolences at the loss of your Dad. The video tribute was very touching, with some pictures bringing back memories from years ago. I remember meeting Dad for the first time in your Massillon home and sharing many stories with him about his work at Ore-Ida. I also recall the freezer being stocked with everything Ore-Ida. He was such a good man, who loved you all.
I remember him fondly and pray for you in the weeks to come.
December 31, 2019
Ron was the best brother in law. He was a friend of a soldier who lived where we lived on Fidelis Way in Brighton MA. My sister, Betty, was fiddling with another lemon of a car she had purchased and Ron and his pal were wondering why is this little girl under the hood in this parking lot! She was barely 5 feet tall and looked quite young. Betty was almost 20! Ron offered some mechanic services along with his friend. I think my sis thought this poor soldier is far away from home--did Grand Rapids MI sound distantly exotic? The friend disappeared and Ron asked my sis out and the rest was history! They were married for many decades. I often wondered if she had had a decent car would they have found each other!! Talk about lemonade out of a lemon!! He just wanted to help a damsel in distress and plus she was a cute young lady and Ron has always been a helpful gentle man and a gentleman! He'll be missed!