A Eulogy to Robert McCarthy at his Funeral Service
As delivered by his daughter Julie McCarthy
Thank you everyone for coming to the service of Robert McCarthy, from Canada, out of state and those viewing via live stream. He was born on June 18, 1946 in Glasgow, Scotland, son of Bob and Katherine McCarthy first child with two older half sisters, Molly and Lilly; and three younger brothers - Frankie, deceased - and Peter and Thomas, who are still alive in Scotland.
At a young age my father aspired to move from Glasgow and have a better life for himself. After meeting our mother — Linda Dalziel, in 1955 — they fell in love, got married, and had three daughters — Sonia, Lynne and me, Julie. We were all born in Glasgow. We also have a half sister Sharon in Scotland.
Knowing that he wanted a better life for his family — we emigrated to Canada in 1974. My father always wanted a boy. I remember him taking me fishing, tinkering with cars, and even taking me to the gun range. I was that boy he wanted for the first seven years of my life until he was fortunate enough to have his son — Michael.
After struggling in the Great White North — my parents divorced; and my dad moved to California, after a brief stay in San Diego, where he met his wife, Sharon; and moved to the Bay Area — where they started their own transport and recovery company.
At this time, Michael left Canada to live in Sunny California — at the young age of 14 — to go help his father run the business while still attending school. After several years of a very successful business, that took a toll on both my dad and Sharon, they wanted to retire to Montana - where Sharon was originally from.
I packed my bags and moved to California to help Michael run the business, which we did successfully for several years. The company was sold; and Sharon and my father moved to Idaho in their present home and settled down with horses, dogs, and a lovely garden. This brought him joy, but he could never relax and had the need to work again.
His original occupation — which was as a hoisting engineer—turned out to be useful, especially here in Idaho and Washington State . As a true specialist, he was still very much in demand, and at the ripe old age of 76 — he was still working in his original vocation.
My father was very passionate about guns and even won CA state skeet championships. My father contracted Covid in June 2022, and unfortunately passed away — peacefully, in the hospital — on November 20th. He is survived by us, his children, as well as seven grand-children, and now seven great-grandchildren.
May he be at peace. My brother Michael will now like to say the Irish blessing. If anyone else would like to say a few words please come forward.