Kyle Galen McCarthy

July 11, 1983October 14, 2013
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Kyle Galen McCarthy, 30, of Surprise passed away at home. Born in Chicago to John “Jack” and Deborah (Ostrowski) McCarthy, Kyle arrived on July 11, 1983.

Kyle loved music. He taught himself to play the guitar; he was left handed and started out playing his mother’s guitar upside down. He never read music but had the ability to play a song after hearing it. The family remembers times when they would all get together and play music (guitar, drums, piano and vocals). He was on his way to becoming an Engineer and had been attending community college to get his prerequisites for enrollment in the Robotics program at Arizona State University. Kyle was a math tutor at Glendale Community College. He helped others with classes he hadn’t ever taken but could simply look at the textbooks and figure out how it worked. He had a knack for being able to get through to students who otherwise could not get a grasp of the course. Students would specifically request Kyle as their tutor. Several students thanked him for being the only one that could help them. They thought they were not smart enough to understand, until they met Kyle.

His family refers to him as “Rocket Man” because he loved rockets. Kyle enjoyed building rockets and shooting them off in the desert (by building we mean mixing the propellant for the engine and constructing the entire rocket from scratch). His brother, Aidan, recalls fun times of building and fixing, and sometimes destroying, everything together. Kyle, Aidan and their mother would drive through the alleys of Chicago looking for "scrap" metal for the boys to weld and create new things. Kyle and Molly were especially close. He was Molly's best friend. He taught her about music and bands. When Molly was learning to talk she called him "kow" and he called her "goose," as in silly goose. They wrote songs and performed them together.

Kyle was a certified Motorcyle Technician. He loved working on and riding motorcyles. He had the ability to see the problems and how to correct them with anything motor related. His knowledge was so extensive that it didn't end at motors. Anything electronic or computer related was easy for him to figure out and create. He was always building and designing new ways to simplify devices.

Kyle was more than an excellent golfer, making the varsity golf team at Luther North as a freshman. He was an intense tennis player, almost a new John McEnroe.

Kyle is survived by his parents, Jack and Deborah; brother, Aidan McCarthy; sister, Molly McCarthy; grandmothers, Elaine Ostrowski and Lorraine McCarthy; and niece, Anastasja Lopez. He is preceded in death by his brother, Ian McCarthy; and grandfathers, Henry Ostrowski and Charles McCarthy.

Private services will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Care.


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Deborah McCarthy

July 11, 2014

Today is your birthday Kyle, and we have a whole day planned. The cemetery and flower planting, then the beach followed by a home made dinner of orange chicken followed by strawberry cake with strawberry frosting and strawberry ice cream! Your favorites of course! Thinking of you constantly! I miss you so much my lovely. I feel your presence but still always want more. Love you forever! Momma

Emanuel Moreno

April 13, 2014

I love you Kyle. I will miss my friend. Kyle was a great friend. I had hope to visit with you one day. I always pictured you riding a motorcycle on a desert road. Peace and love.

Anais Machin

November 11, 2013

There are no words to describe the void i feel at the loss of Kyle i remember the very moment i laid eyes on him n thought he was the most beautiful boy I'd ever seen each freckle more perfect than the last with a beautiful coolness,rhythm n affinity for music that only added to his rock star energy ..he was my first love in so many ways his presence and memory are always in my life whether its a weezer song a Christmas tree light or simply a wif of curve for men his memory is intoxicating and the loss of him something i will never completely have closure with.. I've been trying to get ready to say goodbye on this forum but I'm just not...mb ill try again one day i love u Kyle i always will u will always be my blue kitty my prayers are with u Mr and Mrs McCarthy as well as Molly n Aiden. Thankyou for having allowed me to share his memory.

David Sherck

October 23, 2013

So sorry to hear this news. I will always remember my high school days with Kyle fondly.Simply a tragic loss, my thoughts are with you, Kyle, and your family.

Lynn Lawrence

October 23, 2013

On behalf of the NPES community, I am saddened to see Kyle's life end so young. Although I hadn't seen him since he was 14, memories of him bring a smile to my face. I hope all your fond memories of Kyle will help your family through this time. Lynn Lawrence

Deborah Bailey

October 22, 2013

Debbie so very sorry to hear about Kyle thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Jerome Gronli

October 22, 2013

Kyle was my best friend for many years. I have always considered him one of the most talented, intelligent and promising people I have ever known. I truly hope that he has found peace. My thoughts and prayers are with Kyle and the entire McCarthy family. I am so sorry.

Mirriam & Howard Rosen

October 22, 2013

We were very saddened to hear of Kyle's passing. Though we had not seen him in many years, he remains for us the smart, funny guy who was a good friend to Ben, always treated Gabe well, and was so easy and enjoyable to be around. We knew he struggled some in more recent years, and we also were aware that you did all you could to help him. He will not be forgotten. Your family has been through far too much grief. We are so sorry. Please know that Kyle will always remain very much in our thoughts. Our deepest sympathy.


October 20, 2013

When I was the new girl in high school, Kyle was the first person I connected with. I miss him all the time and that won't change. He was a wonderful soul and I am praying for peace and comfort for your entire family.

Ben Rosen

October 20, 2013

It's hard to believe that Kyle is gone. He was a great friend for so many years, and I will always cherish the time, memories, and experiences we got to share. We both struggled at times with life changes, but it was easier to get through with each other to lean on. Kyle was incredibly insightful, warm-hearted, and obviously talented in so many ways. Even though we eventually lost touch as time passed, I always felt grateful for having Kyle in my life, and continue to feel that way. My deepest condolences to the whole family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Miss you buddy,