CRYSTAL - Vernon M. McCarthy, 86, passed away on July 9, 2015, at a local hospital after an extended period of declining health. He was born on April 17, 1929, in California Settlement, NB, Canada, the son of Isaac and Rebecca (Doody) McCarthy.
Vern made his living as a mechanic, welder and logger. He loved reminiscing about growing up on Happy Corner Road, sharing old stories about driving teams of horses, watching old Westerns and Animal Planet, and fishing for brook trout.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine (Pray) McCarthy; his two daughters, Tammy McCarthy of Crystal and Bangor and Brenda Coffin of Philadelphia; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; his brother, Hubert McCarthy of Stacyville; his sister, Barbara Porter of Patten; as well as his many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by eight brothers and sisters, an infant daughter and a granddaughter.
A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, August 1, 2015, at the Crystal Cemetery with Pastor John Stevens, lay pastor of Whittier Congregational Church, officiating. A luncheon and time of fellowship will follow the service at Whittier Congregational Church in Island Falls. In lieu of flowers, donations in Vernon's memory may be made to Southern Aroostook Dollars for Scholars, 922 Dyer Brook Rd., Dyer Brook, ME 04747, as Vern was always a firm believer in the importance of education. For online condolences and guestbook go to www.bowersfuneral.com.