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Obituary for William F. "Wink" McCarty III

William Francis “Wink” McCarty, III
Beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend

Mr. William Francis “Wink” McCarty III, passed away at his home in the Highlands neighborhood of Lowell on Monday morning, October 9th, 2023. He was the devoted and loving husband of the late Kathleen “Ki” McCarty, who died in 2011.

Mr. McCarty was the oldest son of the late William F. McCarty, Jr. and Katherine V. (Coughlin) McCarty. He attended local schools, including St. Margaret School and Keith Academy in Lowell. After high school, he served in the United States Army, Infantry Branch, stationed at Fort Dix in New Jersey, and later transferred to the Massachusetts Army Reserve. He enjoyed a long career with the telephone company, first at New England Telephone and Telegraph and ultimately retiring from AT&T. He also owned and developed several businesses in Lowell, including his car dealership, Chelmsford Street Motors, McCarty Brothers Paving, and several automotive and real estate companies.

Devoted to his family and faith, Mr. McCarty was a parishioner at St. Margaret’s Church in the Highlands, and enjoyed attending mass at St. Mary's and St. John the Evangelist Churches in Chelmsford. He was also a longtime winter communicant at St. Patrick's Church in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, when Mr. McCarty and his wife visited their winter home in Juno Beach. Active in the Greater Lowell community, he served on the Board of Directors for the Northern Massachusetts Telephone Workers’ Credit Union for several years and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 2321. In 2022, Mr. McCarty's dear friend Mayor Sokhary Chau presented him a key to the City of Lowell.

Mr. McCarty loved local sports, as both an athlete and a fan. He played in the first little league game in Lowell at Shedd Park, then later played baseball in the Highlands and on adult teams. His neighborhood friends dubbed him "the arm" due to his skills around a baseball diamond. A true booster of youth sports, he relished cheering for his grandchildren both locally and in Illinois as they competed for various teams, including St. Margaret's and Lowell Catholic, as well as St. Laurence O'Toole High School and St. Michael School in the Chicago area. He traveled with friends to watch many high school, college and professional sporting events in New England and throughout the United States. Mr. McCarty shared his passion for athletics with his son and spent quality time with him attending games, particularly the University of Lowell basketball games in the Costello gym. An avid golfer, Mr. McCarty was a long-time member of Mount Pleasant Golf Club, where he served on the Board of Directors and volunteered to teach the game of golf to youth members and students from the Perkins School for the Blind. He participated in many local road races in the Greater Lowell area, and regularly jogged and walked the Vandenberg Esplanade along the Merrimack River, where he developed lifelong friendships.

Mr. McCarty very quietly donated his time, talent and treasure to many charitable and philanthropic organizations. He encouraged and assisted the efforts of those whose work helped to make life better for the people in his community. His family and friends adored being in his company, valued his sage advice and will always remember his immense kindness toward others.

Mr. McCarty is survived by his daughter, Kimberley A. and her husband, Brenden J. McMahon of Lowell; his son, William F. "Billy" McCarty IV, and his wife, Lisa M. (Ghelfi) of Tinley Park, Illinois; six grandchildren, Katherine Connolly McMahon, Ellen Kathleen McMahon and Brenden Joseph McMahon Jr., all of Lowell; and William Francis “Finn” McCarty V, Declan Padraig McCarty, and Máiréad Caitlín McCarty, all of Tinley Park, Illinois; a sister, Marie and her husband John Mosher of St. Louis, Missouri, and a brother Brian and his wife Kathleen McCarty of Gardner, MA. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law Mary R. Mansur of Hudson, New Hampshire, and Patricia R. Amboian of Andover; a brother-in-law, Duane Nesheim of Epsom, New Hampshire; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. McCarty was predeceased by his sister, Deborah M. Harlan, and his brothers Shaun W. McCarty and Paul D. McCarty.

Friends may call at the Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home, 24 Worthen St., Chelmsford, on Friday, November 24th, 2023 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. His funeral will take place from the funeral home Saturday morning at 11am. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Noon at St. Margaret Church, 374 Stevens St., Lowell. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery, Lowell. All are welcome to attend a celebration of Wink's life after the burial. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Wink's memory to the William and Kathleen McCarty Memorial Scholarship at Lowell Catholic, online at or by check to Lowell Catholic, ATTN: Advancement, 530 Stevens Street, Lowell, MA 01851.