Richard never lost touch with his roots

Even though he lived away from Clonmel for many years, mostly in North America, Richard McCarthy from Southview, Irishtown was a regular visitor to his home town until his untimely death last October.

Even though he lived away from Clonmel for many years, mostly in North America, Richard McCarthy from Southview, Irishtown was a regular visitor to his home town until his untimely death last October.

Richard, son of the late May (nee Wynne) and Paddy McCarthy, worked as a panel beater with Pat Ryan before he left Clonmel in 1967, when he moved to London for three years.

In 1970 he emigrated to Canada, where he was based in Toronto and Vancouver and where he also worked in the panel beating business.

He moved to the United States some ten years later and apart from a brief spell at home in the early 1980s he lived in the U.S. until his death.

Richard had a keen interest in music, especially big band jazz, and in recent years played third trombone with the Montgomery College Big Band, who are based near his last home in Great Falls, Virginia. A visit to Clonmel was made all the more enjoyable if he caught The Premier Swing Band in concert.

He was also a keen golfer, playing regularly as well as following the sport closely; and he loved to travel, visiting many parts of North America over the years. In his younger years, before he moved away from home, he was a member of An Oige and the Boys Band.

Richard loved to keep up with all the news from his home town and holidayed there every few years, staying with his sister Helen and her husband Arthur at the family home in Southview, Irishtown.

His sudden death came as a great shock to his family and a wide circle of friends on both sides of the Atlantic, especially as he had only just returned to Virginia following a month’s holiday at home, when he enjoyed Tipperary’s victory in the All-Ireland Hurling Final.

Richard was buried in St. Patrick’s Cemetery following Requiem Mass at St. Mary’s Church in Irishtown.

He is survived by his sister Helen; brother-in-law Arthur; uncle Eddie; cousins, other relations and friends, to whom sincere sympathy is extended.