April 25, 1951-Sept. 21, 2017
Timothy J. (Tim) McCarthy, Anaconda, MT native, and resident of Seattle, WA, passed away unexpectedly on September 21st. He was born April 25th, 1951, and was the son of Thomas and Isabel (Tracy) McCarthy. Tim was the 7th of 12 children raised on Birch Street.
Tim (Timmy to his siblings) was born with a wanderlust and a sense of wondering what was overtop the next hill or around the next corner. He didn’t set deep roots away from Anaconda. He would frequently come back to recharge his batteries, kiss his mother, and head off to the next challenge. During his travels, Tim was a resident of Anaconda, Seattle and Tacoma, WA, Texas, and Kalispell, MT. For many years he lived on his boat in Seattle. He named his boat “The Anaconda” to recognize his hometown. His boat was his pride and joy and where family and friends spent many happy hours. He knew all the great breakfast places in Seattle and they knew him well. Tim went to Ireland with the idea he might just stay there, but he didn’t think much of the cars and jobs were scarce. Upon returning home, Tim did add an Irish citizenship to his US citizenship.
Tim liked to “collect” things from the eclectic to the surreal. His collection of pipes and hats, including dress, cowboy and Irish tams, are only a few such examples. The bulging garages tell the whole story. To an outsider his interests may not have made sense, but to him they did; and that’s all that mattered. Years ago, a former Anaconda neighbor Tim greatly admired gave Tim some of his dress hats and he cherished them. He had a great affection for history and the objects of past eras. One of his other collections consisted of cars, all in various shapes of disrepair. He appreciated a car for its unique style and potential. A ‘57’ Ranchero or ‘05 Jaguar, a ‘75 Corvette, it didn’t matter. If it caught his eye, it probably came home with him. Upon hearing of Tim coming home for a visit someone would inevitably say, “I wonder what he will be driving?” The answer was usually, “God only knows.”
A graduate of Anaconda Central and the University of Montana in Business Finance, Tim worked at office jobs and found them dissatisfying. He found his passion in carpentry and remodeling homes where he was his own boss and didn’t need to sit at a desk. This allowed Tim to work with his hands, create something, and gave him a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Tim was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Carol Dunne, and his brother-in-law Luke McKeon.
He is survived and will be missed by his brothers; Bill (Chieko); Tom (Theresa); Dan (Jadine); Don (Luanne); Jim; Bob; and his sisters, Ellen McKeon; Peggy (John) Kirchgessner; MaryAnn (Tom) Alexander; and Maureen (Marty) Kloker; his brother-in-law Pat Dunne; many nieces, nephews, cousins and his two cats, Sparkle and Louie. He is also survived by his Seattle and Anaconda friends, and all those he met along the way. Tim’s friends were his friends for life. The family wishes to thank Darrin Hansen of Seattle and Bob Lovell and Luke Lovell, who were there for Tim and have been a great comfort and help to the family.
Cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends Saturday, November 4th at 9:30 A.M. at St Peter’s Catholic Church, 401 Alder Street, Anaconda, MT. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 followed by Rite of Committal at Mount Olivet Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at Holy Family Catholic Church. There will be a gathering of friends and family that evening at the AOH Hall.
The family suggests memorials be made to the St. Peter’s Church Restoration Fund, 217 West Pennsylvania Street, Anaconda, MT 59711.
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal.” An Irish poem.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Tim’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.