Tom McCarthy, longtime Glendale attorney, dies
by Glendale Chamber of Commerce on November 24th, 2015

By: The Glendale Star

Thomas Augustine McCarthy Jr. was born on February 1, 1937 in Washington D.C. to Thomas A McCarthy Sr. and Geraldine Wilson McCarthy. He died Nov. 11, 2015 in Glendale.

He was the eldest of five children. He grew up in Galveston, Texas, where he attended Ball High School. He was in the Jr. ROTC, a member of the golf team and the marching band. He attended St. Edwards University for two years and transferred to University of Montana (his parents’ alma mater), where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He went on to earn his J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law.

Mr. McCarthy moved to Arizona in 1963 and spent his early years in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. He spent the remainder of his career in the City of Glendale. He served as Glendale City Attorney for several years. He was honored this past summer by the State Bar of Arizona for his 50 years of practice.

Tom McCarthy and Diane Blommel were introduced to one another by their fathers. Tom was in Law School and Diane was working in the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. Although it took a few years, Diane and Tom married in July, 1966 and spent 49 years together.

Mr. McCarthy was active in many civic activities: former chairman of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce; board member of the Cactus Pine Girl Scout Council; Glendale Optimist Club; and, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus.

What really defined Mr. McCarthy was his role as a husband, father and grandfather.  He was devoted to his girls – wife, Diane, and their daughters, Teresa and Megan. He loved antique shopping with his daughters and strolling around Glendale and telling jokes. He had a generous heart, never met a stranger, honest to the core, loved kisses on his cheek and enjoyed gin martinis, shaken, not stirred. He always had a warm smile and a kind word. He also was an inveterate prankster.

Mr. McCarthy loved the game of golf and played many courses around the country. He participated in the Outhouse Open in Prescott for more than 40 years. He also enjoyed his friends at the Twilight League at Glen Lakes Golf Course.

He was predeceased by his father, Thomas A. McCarthy Sr., his beloved mother Geraldine Wilson McCarthy, and sister, Kathleen McCarthy Carroll.

He is survived by his wife, Diane; daughter, Teresa McCarthy Brown and husband Roger; daughter, Megan McCarthy Kuhl and husband Jason; and five grandchildren – Riggs Brown, Preston Kuhl, Tucker Brown, Molly Kuhl and Cooper Brown.

He is also survived by his sisters, Jere McCarthy Meenan, Colleen McCarthy Flood and her husband Mike, Loretta McCarthy; brother-in-law, Terry Carroll, and numerous nieces, nephew and grandniece.

A Memorial Mass will be held 9 a.m. Nov. 28 at Brophy Chapel, 4701 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,  followed by a celebration of Mr. McCarthy’s life at Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. 7th St.
Gifts may be made to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Mr. McCarthy’s memory: St. Vincent de Paul.net, or P.O. Box 13600, Phoenix, AZ 85002-3600.


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