Catherine J. McCarthy

May 30, 1939March 28, 2019
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Catherine (Kay) Jean MacDonald McCarthy 1939 – 2019 WESTBROOK – Catherine (Kay) Jean MacDonald McCarthy, 79, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, March 28, 2019. Kay was born in Somerville, MA on May 30, 1939 to Teresa (Welch) and Daniel MacDonald. She grew up in Portland, ME and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1957. She moved to Westbrook where she raised her three children. Kay served as an educator for the Westbrook School Department for thirty nine years. She also served as a substance abuse counselor for several years at the Arnie Hanson Center in Portland. Despite her many personal challenges in life, she was an incredibly strong woman who always put the needs of others before her own. She was kind-hearted, fun loving and always had an infectious smile on her beautiful face. She was an inspiration to all who knew her.

Kay enjoyed traveling, going to the casino, working out at Basics Fitness, watching her grandson Jason’s sporting events and spending time with her family and friends. She spent every Tuesday morning having breakfast with several of her retired educator friends and every Friday night having dinner with her dear friends.

She is proceeded in death by her parents and her Aunt Sarah (Maizie) Welch Dascanio. She is survived by a daughter Diane Winton and her husband Kenny of Westbrook, a daughter Dottie Muchmore and her husband Eddie of Westbrook, a son John McCarthy of Westbrook, a special niece Margaret Wilson and her husband George of Largo, FL, close cousin Mae Bennett Brown, granddaughters Kayla and Tori Winton, grandsons Joey, Danny and Michael Muchmore, granddaughter Lianne Muchmore, grandson Jason McCarthy and many special relatives and friends.

The family would like to thank Nurses Liz and Judy of Northern Light Home Care and Hospice for their compassion and support during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kay’s memory to Milestone Recovery, 65 India St., Portland, Maine, 04101.

Friends and family are invited to share their memories and offer their condolences by visiting Kay’s online guestbook at

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a time of visitation on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, from 4pm to 8pm at Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at 11am at St. Anthony’s Parish, 268 Brown St., Westbrook, Maine, 04092. A committal will immediately follow at Calvary Cemetery, 1461 Broadway St., South Portland, Maine, 04106. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland, Maine, 04103.


  • Daniel MacDonald, Father
  • Teresa MacDonald, Mother
  • Sarah "Maizie" Welch Dascanio, Aunt
  • Diane Winton, Daughter
  • Kenny Winton, Son-in-law
  • Dottie Muchmore, Daughter
  • Eddie Muchmore, Son-in-law
  • John McCarthy, Son
  • Margaret Wilson, Niece
  • George Wilson, Margaret's husband
  • Mae Bennett Brown, Cousin
  • Kayla Winton, Granddaughter
  • Tori Winton, Granddaughter
  • Joey Muchmore, Grandson
  • Danny Muchmore, Grandson
  • Michael Muchmore, Grandson
  • Lianne Muchmore, Granddaughter
  • Jason McCarthy, Grandson

  • Milestone Recovery


  • Time of Visitation Wednesday, April 3, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, April 4, 2019
  • Committal Thursday, April 4, 2019

Catherine J. McCarthy

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Carol Peters

April 2, 2019

I’ve known Kay since our Rocky Hill days & have worked with her over the next 30+ years at several Westbrook schools. She was a dear friend & I am going to miss her smiling fun-loving face.
She & her family are in my thoughts & prayers at this very sad time.

Sally Plourde

April 1, 2019

I was so glad to run into Kay a few weeks ago at one of her Friday night rituals; going out to eat with friends. We reminisced about the good old days when she was not only my partner in the classroom at Prides Corner School, but became a dear forever friend. There it was, that twinkle in her eye and the laugh. Kay brought joy to those who were lucky enough to know her. She will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. My deepest condolences to her family,

david paul

April 1, 2019

Diane and Kenny

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Mel and David

Colleen Hilton

April 1, 2019

Diane, Dottie and John and all the family,
My heart goes out to you in the loss of Kay. I think her obituary said it perfectly, her smile was infectious and she was a wonderful person. You all were amazing in your loving care over the years. I will be out of town for her funeral but I want you to know that I will keep Kay and all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

Elaine Hewett

April 1, 2019

Kay was one grand lady. Always a smile and good word about and for everyone. Many times when we talked her words were always about her family, You will all have such wonderful memories to carry with you.

james fahey

April 1, 2019

One of the greatest senses of humor I ever met. RIP ma'am.

Sherry Charczenko

April 1, 2019

My condolences to her beautiful family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. She was an inspiration to all who came in touch with her. She was a fun loving person inside and out!! Kay you will be greatly missed!!