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Obituary for Nelson McCarthy

Charles Nelson McCarthy, 79, a longtime Chelmsford resident, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at Lowell General Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Ruthanne (MacFadgen) McCarthy with whom he shared 55 years of marriage.

Nelson was born on February 21, 1943 in Lowell, and was a son of the late Charles J. and Helen R. (Nelson) McCarthy. He graduated from St. Margaret’s School, Keith Academy class of 1960, and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Finance from Merrimack College.

Nelson was employed as an accountant at the Courier Citizen Company in Lowell and in accounting and sales at Duddy Tire Corporation in Charlestown, MA. He co-founded Patriot Tire Corporation in Lowell serving as vice president, treasurer, and general manager from 1979 to 1992. He later entered the Greater Lowell Real Estate market, listing and selling real estate for the next 25 years.

Nelson was a past Grand Knight of the Bishop Ruocco Council #9275, Knights of Columbus where he chaired the annual Tootsie Roll Drive for many years and was honored as Knight of the Year. He enjoyed traveling to the Caribbean Islands with his wife Ruthanne and spending winters in Naples, FL.

In addition to his wife, Nelson leaves his son Shaun and his wife Jill McCarthy of Westford and his son Brian and his wife Allison of Northboro, his beloved grandchildren; Delaney and Timothy McCarthy of Westford and Calvin McCarthy of Northboro, his sister Joan Stackpole of Lowell and his sister-in-law Maureen and her husband James Sullivan of Littleton. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2022 from 10 am – 12 noon at the Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home, 24 Worthen St., Chelmsford. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday following the visiting hours at 1 pm at St. Mary Parish, 25 North Rd., Chelmsford. Interment in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Chelmsford. Memorial donations may be made in his name to Knights of Columbus Charities at: