Kevin McCarthy

Kevin Francis "Bud" McCarthy

May 23, 1949 - April 13, 2020
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Kevin F. "Bud" McCarthy, 70, a longtime resident of Chelmsford, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 13, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Theodora "Teddi" (Gawlinski) McCarthy with whom he shared 49 years of marriage.

He was born in Medford on May 23, 1949 and was the son of the late Charles "Chick" and Dorothy (McNeill) McCarthy.

Bud was raised in Medford and was a graduate of Medford High School, Class of 1967. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corp during the Vietnam War Era receiving the National Service Medal. Bud earned his Bachelor’s degree from UMass Boston in 1974 and his Masters in Education from UMass Lowell, in 1978. He retired from the North Andover school system where he taught history for many years. Bud was the soccer coach for the high school girls varsity team for 26 years. He was an avid fisherman, bird watcher, photographer, wildlife enthusiast, and animal lover. Bud was a known comedian and life of the party. His greatest joy came from time spent with his wife, children and grandchildren.

In addition to his loving wife, Bud leaves his children; Keith McCarthy and his wife Kristin of Chelmsford, Kris McCarthy of Holden, and Kevin McCarthy and his wife Jessica of Nashua, NH, his grandchildren; Ava and Quinn McCarthy, his siblings; Steve McCarthy and spouse Jeff Lick of Old Chatham, NY, Janet Callahan of Scarborough, ME, Claire Campbell of Medford and Jeanne Manzi and her husband Robert of Mashpee. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, and close friends. He is sadly predeceased by his brother Lance Cpl. Edward C. McCarthy, USMC and his brother-in-law Jack Callahan Sr.

Services and interment will be held privately. A celebration of Bud’s life will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in Bud's memory to your local animal shelter.

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MB (Pawlik) Blandini

Posted at 07:40am
I have great memories with Coach. Most of all I loved his sense of humor. He really cared for his players. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I’m so glad I made that choice to go play for him my last 2 years of high school.

Nancy Slocum

Posted at 09:25pm
I knew Bud through coaching girls high school soccer. Our teams squared off a few times in the tournament and we served on some committees together. Those were always very tough games as he always prepared his teams well. He did so much for high school girls soccer and was well respected. I am sad to learn of his passing. My condolences to you all!

Katie Flint

Posted at 08:14pm
Mr. McCarthy was my soccer coach, and soccer meant everything to me. He took a chance on my my freshman year, he advocated for me, and he made me feel seen. He was known for his brutal double sessions, his winning teams, and his awesome sense of humor. He was an important part of my childhood....what an amazing legacy to leave behind for myself and so many other players and students.

Tara Koza

Posted at 05:50pm
I was one of the very lucky players to be on Mr. McCarthy's first varsity soccer team in the fall of 1987. He was an incredible coach who had the ability to lift every player on the team up. He taught us so many life lessons, both on and off the field. He instilled the importance of sportsmanship, and saw that we worked hard each day. Most importantly, he coached with a level of excitement and enthusiasm that could never be matched. He made a positive and long-lasting impact on me that I will always be grateful for. My condolences to all of you.

Marge Caron

Posted at 02:50pm
All four of my children were happy to have Mr. McCarthy as their fifth grade teacher while students at the Kittredge School. As a teacher there I also remember how kind and nice he was to everyone. We share good memories that always make us smile when we remember him. Our heartfelt sympathy to all of you, his beloved family.
The Caron Family

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