Francis Xavier McCarthy

August 20, 1938July 11, 2014

Francis Xavier McCarthy "Papa" of Scituate, born August 20, 1938, and raised in Dorchester, MA and Chula Vista, CA, passed away peacefully at his home on the morning of July 11, 2014

The oldest child of Henry and Evelyn McCarthy, Francis was the proud and devoted husband of Hilary McCarthy for 45 years, and beloved father of Catherine Devlin of Hingham, Christopher McCarthy of Norwell, and Stephen McCarthy of Hanover.

Francis' life was further blessed with the welcome addition of his children's spouses, Michael Devlin, Elizabeth McCarthy and Meredith O'Hayre. Papa adored his grandchildren, Norah (10), Luke (7), Aidan (8), Ciaran (6) and Owen (8 months).

Francis is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Henry (OR), Jeannie (CA), Paul (WA), Kathy (CA), Patricia (MD) and Theresa (CA).

Visiting hours will be held at the Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Rd, Scituate on Wednesday, July 16th from 4pm-7pm. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, July 17th, at 10 am St Mary's Church, 1 Kent St, Scituate.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary's Center for Women and Children, 90 Cushing Ave, Dorchester, MA 02125 (617-436-8600)

Francis' family is very grateful for the love and support of family and friends, and the compassionate, dedicated care of his doctors, the staff at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, and the Norwell VNA.


  • Visitation Wednesday, July 16, 2014
  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 17, 2014

Francis Xavier McCarthy

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May 5, 2017

Miss you Big Buy

July 13, 2015

Wow, It's almost one year to the day that he has passed. We just found out about this tremendous loss. We will always remember his kind ways and joyous personality. I recall with such clearity when he took those art classes and was so excited to draw his loved ones for gifts/Christmas - how much he loved. Quite an amazing person! oxox deeply sorry for your loss. Much love - Shelly Phillips & The Babins xo

July 17, 2014

Frank is at peace now .He was a "one-off" who loved Ireland .

I loved him and will miss him but will cherish his memory and the fact that I knew him .

He will always be alive in my heart as "big Frank " of the wonderful laugh .

Here's to you Boyo !

Michael ,Howth , Dublin ,Ireland

July 17, 2014

I am sorry to hear of your father's passing. Please accept my sympathy for your and the family's loss.
Ken Michel

Rose and Pat

July 16, 2014

Dear Hilary and Family - We are so saddened by Frank's passing. What great times we have shared with him and all of you! We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Debbie Coggeshall

July 16, 2014

I'm sorry for the loss of your father and Papa. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

July 16, 2014

Cat and Mike (and family) my sincerest thoughts and prayers for you all,May you find comfort in one another and within the memories you share. - Karen Coughlin Sullo

July 15, 2014

Cat and Mike,I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending you love and prayers. Terry McCauley

July 15, 2014

Hilary and Family... So very sorry to hear the news of Frank's passing. He was a great man who will be missed by so many. Thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time... Mary and Mark Newell (Kingston, MA)

July 14, 2014

Hillary and family, our deepest sympathies.... Full of fun he was with a booming laugh and the greatest of Irish twinkles in his eyes. We are deeply saddened. Jack and Huguette Brown