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William A. McCarthy, Sr.

William A. McCarthy, Sr.
  • September 28, 1932 - July 11, 2015
  • Newton, Massachusetts
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the West Suburban YMCA, 275 Church Street, Newton, MA 02458.

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“I am so saddened by Bill's passing. He was the dearest of men. I got to know him when I lectured to the DIA judges some years ago, & we reacquainted...Read More »
1 of 36 | Posted by: Mark Brodin - Newton, MA - Friend

“I am very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. When I started practicing before the DIA in 1974, my "greenness" certainly showed. I was a sole...Read More »
2 of 36 | Posted by: Paul Applebaum - Salem, MA

“Bill, an upbeat, warm, rightous and honorable man with a great sense of humor. He would always greet you with a smile in his own friendly way. He...Read More »
3 of 36 | Posted by: Cathy & Edward Martens - MA

“We are so sorry for your family's loss. Bill was such a kind and warm man. Kevin Doyle (husband/father) spoke of him often over the many many years...Read More »
4 of 36 | Posted by: Dorothy Doyle and Kristen (Doyle) Castree and family

“Dear Laurie, Mary and Eileen and families,Bill was a beautiful man and someone who taught be a lot when I was young and foolish.So sorry for your...Read More »
5 of 36 | Posted by: Ann Daly Skladany - Stoneham, MA

“What a privilege to have had so many good summer times with Bill in Falmouth and especially with the Falmouth Mens' Club activities. A kind and...Read More »
6 of 36 | Posted by: Elena & Connie McGreal - Medford, MA

“My heartfelt condolences to the entire McCarthy clan. Bill was a wonderful colleague and it was a privilege to work with him. More importantly, he...Read More »
7 of 36 | Posted by: A friend

“My sincere condolences to the family. A kind, gentle, humane jurist and humanist. ”
8 of 36 | Posted by: edward m. moriarty - Wqakefield, MA

“Judge McCarthy was the most sweet, loving and understanding person I have ever met. Kind words always spoken, nothing to big or small for him to...Read More »
9 of 36 | Posted by: Marlena M. Davis - Mattapan, MA

“Billy McCarthy was so good to my family and will be missed. What a class act. Our thoughts and prayers are with Laurie and family. Until we meet...Read More »
10 of 36 | Posted by: Kevin O'Connor - Flower Mound, TX

“Our thoughts & prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Norma Casey & family ”
11 of 36 | Posted by: Norma Casey - Belmont, MA

“My deepest sympathies to the McCarthy family. I worked with Judge McCarthy for some 17 years at DIA. He was a pleasure to work with and to just be...Read More »
12 of 36 | Posted by: Bill Taupier - Melrose, MA

“Ever since his initial appointment, Bill proved to be the right man at the right time for 33 years, serving the then IAB with great distinction and...Read More »
13 of 36 | Posted by: Stephen Linsky

“Laurie, Dennis and I are so sad for your loss. Dennis has fond memories of your husband teaching him religious education. We will miss him at...Read More »
14 of 36 | Posted by: Antonietta Civetti

“Judge McCarthy...wise, kind, funny, helpful..I was fortunate to have worked with him.He truly was a gift to us all.Norma Shapiro ”
15 of 36 | Posted by: A friend

“We were so sorry to hear about your dad, you have our sincerest condolences and we will be holding you in our thoughts. ”
16 of 36 | Posted by: The Deehan Family

“Judge McCarthy ...wise, helpful, kind, funny.... AlwAys a pleasure to speak with. I am fortunate to have worked with him. He was a truly wonderful...Read More »
17 of 36 | Posted by: A friend

“Peter, I was sorry to learn of your dad's death. You and your family are in my prayers. And I add the prayers of the Holy Name Community with my own. ”
18 of 36 | Posted by: Pat Munyan - Thorofare, NJ

“My prayers are with you. Though I never had the honor to know Mr. McCarthy, I am friends with his niece Trish, who has always spoken of him with...Read More »
19 of 36 | Posted by: Ginny Moyer - CA

“Heartfelt condolences to the entire McCarthy family from all the Stockmans. ”
20 of 36 | Posted by: Stockman Family - Newton/Brooklyn

“I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. He was such a nice man and will be missed by many but always remembered. Keeping all of you in my thoughts...Read More »
21 of 36 | Posted by: A friend

“Throughout a long and distinguished judicial career, Judge McCarthy did strive with unusual skill to follow the law and simultaneously to exhibit...Read More »
22 of 36 | Posted by: Robert M. Peyser - Sarasota, FL

“My deepest sympathy to the McCarthy Family. Judge McCarthy was loved and respected by the entire workers' compensation bar of Massachusetts. He...Read More »
23 of 36 | Posted by: Peter Georgiou - Lincoln, MA

“My prayers go out to Bill's family. He was a great man and a great friend for many years at the WSYMCA. He will be missed by all that knew him. Tony...Read More »
24 of 36 | Posted by: A friend

“I knew Bill for many years at the West Suburban YMCA. He was always cheerful and wise, and he loved the Y. He was a good friend to me and to many...Read More »
25 of 36 | Posted by: Tom Elkind - Newton, MA

“I just posted my condolences and I have just noted that the Judge and I share 9/28 as a birthday. I no longer have to wonder why we shared a deep...Read More »
26 of 36 | Posted by: Kermit Goodman - Pittsfield, MA

“I am deeply sorry for this loss. I had the privilege of working with and litigating workers compensation cases with Judge McCarthy over many years,...Read More »
27 of 36 | Posted by: Kermit Goodman - Pittsfield, MA, MA

“Judge McCarthy was a teacher and mentor to me. As a law student, he was kind and helpful to me when I appeared at the Board. As a lawyer practicing...Read More »
28 of 36 | Posted by: Michael Akashian - Boston, MA

“God bless Bill and the McCarthy family. A good man who brought our the best in all of us. ”
29 of 36 | Posted by: Fahey Family - Newton/Nicaragua

“I will miss seeing him at Saturday's 4:00 clock Mass. May he rest in peace and sending prayers to all of you! ”
30 of 36 | Posted by: Terry Sauro - newton, MA

“As I got to know Judge McCarthy over the years of my practice at the DIA, I personally experienced his warmth and generosity, his fair-mindedness,...Read More »
31 of 36 | Posted by: A friend

“My deepest condolences to Judge McCarthy's family and friends. I remember him for his great stories and wise advice. ”
32 of 36 | Posted by: Norris Coleman - Cambridge, MA

“He was a wonderful co-worker & friend. He will be dearly missed. My prayers are with his Dear Laurie & his children & grandchildren who he was so...Read More »
33 of 36 | Posted by: Cathy Shidler - MA

“So very saddened to her Bill passed. Such a great guy and great friend to my parents and family in general. ”
34 of 36 | Posted by: Peter McNamara - Westborough, MA

“A great Judge who's legacy inspired all who knew him. My condolences to his family. He will be deeply missed. ”
35 of 36 | Posted by: Arthur Jackson - Boston

“I extend my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of cousin Bill. It is hard to believe he isn't with us anymore.My fondest memories of him have always...Read More »
36 of 36 | Posted by: A friend


Of Newton and Falmouth, the Honorable William A. McCarthy died July 11, 2015, at home with his loving family. Survived by his beloved wife Laurie E. (Laughlin) McCarthy. Father of the late William A., Jr. and wife Heather C.; Kathleen M.; Peter D. and wife Jennifer M.; and Stephen J. and wife Katherine A.; all of Newton. Also survived by grandchildren William A. (Liam) III, Thomas J., Caitlyn E., James M., and Henry J.; sisters Mary J. Doherty (and late husband John P.) of Newton and Eileen J. Plunkett and husband Robert W., Jr., of Belmont; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents Kathleen M. and William J., originally of Ireland, and brother James M.
A lifelong Newton resident and Our Lady Help of Christians parishioner, Bill graduated Our Lady's High School (1950), Boston College (1954), and BC Law School (1960). Served as Special Agent in U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps (1954-1956) in France and Austria. A trial attorney in private practice until 1977, Bill served as a Waltham District Court Clerk until appointment by Governor Dukakis to the Mass. Department of Industrial Accidents. He served 33 years as Commissioner, Administrative Law Judge, and retired in 2011 as Senior Judge.
Devoted to friends and family. He supported BC, as alumnus and teacher; the Newton YMCA as a member of the Board of Directors for 13 years; his parish as Council member and CCD teacher for 33 years; the development of worker's compensation law; the cause of special needs housing, as Board Member of the NWW Committee; and an array of charitable endeavors.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 Am on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Newton. Visiting hours at Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home 465 Center Street, Newton Corner, on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 4pm-8pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the West Suburban YMCA, 276 Church Street, Newton, MA 02458.