Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston



Sunday, September 11, 2016

September 11, 2001 - September 11, 2016

9/11 Memorial

Remembering Kevin McCarthy:


Kevin M. McCarthy
World Trade Center 


First think of him and Cape Cod. For Kevin M. McCarthy, the man with the catching smile who never encountered a conversational pause he couldn't fill, the salty air, sand dunes and lapping waves of Cape Cod constituted paradise. He found serenity there as a boy, and it was where he took his own family for vacations.

Then think of his facility with his hands and his knack for MacGyver-like solutions. "You gave him a string and he could create a universe," said his wife, Debra.

Then consider his unabashed confidence in himself. Risks didn't register. The proof was 98 stitches. Like the hockey stitches. The stitches from his service days when the antenna of an Army tank sliced off his eyebrow. And the box spring stitches. Unable to maneuver a box spring up three flights of stairs, he cut it in half, meanwhile sawing the inside of his hand. That was 23 stitches.

Mr. McCarthy, 42, who lived in Fairfield, Conn., with his wife and three children, Chelsea, 12, and Andrew and Stephanie, 5, was also the master of reinvention. He ran a personal service business, then became a stay-at-home father when the twins were born, and then emerged as a bond trader for Cantor Fitzgerald.

On the night of Sept. 10, just before they went to sleep, he told his wife, "This is just too good to be true."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 31, 2001.

Kevin M., age 42, of Fairfield, CT. is one of the missing victims of the attack of the World Trade Center Twin Towers. He was a Bond Broker For Cantor Fitzgerald. Born in Chelsea and raised in Reading, MA. he was the son of Charles and Marie (Fantasia) McCarthy of Orleans, MA. He was a graduate of Reading High School and attended college in Boston. He belonged to the National Guard for a number of years. In addition to his parents, he leaves his beloved wife, Debra Menich McCarthy; three children; Chelsea 11, and twins Andrew and Stephanie, 5, of Fairfield, CT. He is also survived by four sisters; Kathleen Sullivan and her husband, Richard of Concord, MA; Karen Toomey and her husband, Kevin, of Wellesley, MA; Maureen Baumgartel and her husband, Scott, of Sudbury, MA; Mary Ellen Rice and her husband, Tim, of Westport, CT; one brother, Charles Jr. and his wife, Deborah, of Back Bay Boston; and 9 nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be conducted Wednesday, October 3, 2001 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Bernard's Church, Monument Square, Concord, MA. A Memorial Fund has been established, McCarthy Family Fund, c/o Charles Abercrombie, Esq., 251 Penfield St., Fairfield, CT. 06430

Paid Notice published in THE BOSTON GLOBE on October 2, 2001.

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Ducky's here said...

In memory of David DiMeglio of Wakefield, Ma. who did my father a kindness and died on Flight 11 at the age of 22.

Flying Junior said...

My comment from the remembrance on the Swash Zone.

Many Americans have been touched by the devastation of September 11, 2001. In my case, it was a first cousin of Mrs. Junior from New Jersey, Frank Deming. I met some of the aunts and children, and, of course, the two surviving uncles, at a wonderful family reunion that was held at Skaneateles Lake in New York, near Auburn to celebrate Uncle Walter’s 80th birthday in 2004. The grandfather was once the fire chief of Kearny, New Jersey. Grandpa Walter convinced the Kearny Fire Department to use pneumatic tires on their fire trucks. After WWII, Grandpa Walter bought a dairy farm in West Milford. Many years later, Uncle Jimmy and Uncle Walter moved the farm to Montezuma, New York.
Mrs. Junior was four years older than her cousin. Yet they were childhood playmates. I met his brother, a caretaker of the Willard Chapel in Auburn, who graciously allowed my small party in to partake of the historic, turn of the century organ.

Shaw Kenawe said...

To the Anonymous who left the poem "Meditation on September 11," it was fine until you turned it into a political slam about Benghazi.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Ducky and Flying Junior,

So many people were affected by the 9/11 attack. Kevin McCarthy was the son of close family friends.