Samuel Joseph McCarthy Jr ….
Samuel Joseph McCarthy Jr
Samuel Joseph McCarthy Jr. passed away Aug. 21, 2023, in Seal Beach, California.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Mary, and is survived by his wife, Meinrada, and his children Sheila (Frank) and Kevin (Sara). Sam was the cherished grandfather of Andrew, Stephanie and Allison, who will miss him dearly. He is also survived by his sister, Kathie Simkiss.
Born in Philadelphia on June 22, 1941, he attended Cardinal Dougherty High School then LaSalle College. He married his high school sweetheart, Mary, and began a 35-year career with the Internal Revenue Service. In 1972 he was transferred to California, where they made their home in Long Beach. He spent many years coaching youth soccer and served as commissioner of both AYSO Region 114 and the Long Beach Youth Soccer Organization. He was an active member of St. Cornelius Church where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, led the RCIA team and was head usher for many years. After Mary passed, he met and married Meirada (Bot) and they spent many happy years together.
He enjoyed Notre Dame football and maintained a passion for all things Philadelphia, from cheese steaks, scrapple and pork rolls to the Eagles, Phillies and Flyers.
A man who loved nothing more than taking a long walk in the rain, it was only fitting that it was raining the morning he passed.
A memorial mass will be held Friday, Sept. 15, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Church in Leisure World, Seal Beach, California.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Holy Family Church in Seal Beach or The American Cancer Society.