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Edward J. McCarthy obituary in Milton at Dolan Funeral Homes and Cremation Services – Dolan Funeral Homes and Cremation Services

Edward J “Eddie” McCarthy, age 86, originally from Dorchester and a longtime resident of the North End, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 29, 2024.
Eddie was born in Boston, the son of the late Joseph and Lillian McCarthy. He was predeceased by his brother Joseph and sisters Anne Dooley and Kay Slattery. He was a graduate of Boston College class of 1960. He spent most of his career with the Massachusetts state accounting firm and retired. He enjoyed meeting many of his friends after work at the Golden Dome to discuss Boston politics and sports.

Eddie loved music, and when a piano was available, he enjoyed Irish or Americana tunes and occasionally mixed in an original score. It didn’t matter if it was in the piano bar at the Parker House or the only Irish bar in Huntsville AL, his Irish tenor would add to the atmosphere and good times for everyone. In his later years he enjoyed playing piano at the Wednesday night Supper Club at the Paulist Center to feed the homeless. He would be happy if he could provide some comfort to the homeless as they enjoyed their meal. After the meal he would enjoy meeting many of the volunteers in the Hub Pub.

He had an encyclopedic knowledge of sports, with his first passion being baseball. He was part of a group that played at Dorchester Park every Saturday and Sunday afternoon. They took their games very seriously and always made time to instruct younger players, some of whom went on to college careers. He enjoyed taking his nephews to the stands at Fenway Park and to a Park League game on a warm summer evening. He could tell you who was the star of any Beanpot hockey game and would never miss a BU-Cornell hockey game in the old Boston Arena. From Ted Williams to Cousey, Russell, Orr, Yaz, Bird, Pedro and Brady, he followed the ups and downs of hometown teams.

He enjoyed his daily coffee at the Fill-A-Buster, and for the past few years he felt fortunate to have friends who could occasionally give him good memories. He also especially enjoyed his breakfast at the North End Grill and the friendly staff he could talk to.

He was a devout Catholic, attended St. Gregory’s school and was a parishioner there until moving to Boston and the North End. He became a parishioner at St. Leonard’s Church; and after his retirement he walked to daily Mass to receive the Eucharist.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at St. Gregory’s Church, 2215 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester at 10 AM. Visiting hours at the Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington Street, DORCHESTER LWOER MILLS 8:30 – 9:30 am. Burial Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester.