McCarthy, John Michael Age 52, passed peacefully surrounded by family and friends at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park on Dec. 6. Loving partner of Beverly Pierce and father to Emily. Son of the late Margaret Mary McCarthy (nee Canning) and John Michael "Mike" McCarthy, and survived by stepmother Jane McCarthy of Tampa. Loving brother to Eileen Romano (Mark), Timothy, Daniel (Diana), Megan Hadley (James), Tara, and Holly Seifert. Dear nephew of Arthur O'Brien of Chicago, and uncle to many nieces and nephews. John grew up in Chicago and Oak Park, graduated from Oak Park-River Forest High School and attended Western Illinois University. Active in the real estate business in the Oak Park area for many years. IHSA basketball referee for schools in Oak Park for over 30 years, and an active volunteer and contributor to his community and numerous charitable endeavors in the Chicago area and elsewhere. Celebration of John's life at Molly Malone's Irish Pub (7652 Madison Street, Forest Park) from 6-10 pm, Thursday, Dec. 8. Visitation at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 9 at St. Giles Catholic Church, 1045 Columbian Ave., Oak Park, followed by funeral mass at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Fraternite Notre Dame (www.fraternitenotredame.com) or Holy Angels Children's Society (checks to P.O. Box 185, Whiting NJ 08759).
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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Dec. 8, 2011