James P. McCarthy

  • Born: May 31, 1962
  • Died: January 20, 2020
  • Location: Haverhill, Massachusetts

Driscoll Funeral Home

309 So. Main Street
Bradford, MA 01835

Tel. (978) 374-0000

Tribute & Message From The Family

HAVERHILL - James P. McCarthy, 57, of Haverhill, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Monday, January 20, 2020.

Jim was born in Haverhill on May 31, 1962, son of late James and Frances (Colohan) McCarthy. Raised in Haverhill and longtime resident of Merrimac before recently moving back to Haverhill.

He worked as a Draw Bridge Engineer for MASSDOT for over 10 years and previously worked for Wayne's Drains in Burlington. Jim was loving and extremely proud of all three sons. He was an assistant coach during their hockey activities from Learn to Skate through Midgets and never missed any of their hockey or baseball games. Jim was the least selfish person and gave back to youth hockey as a board member for the Haverhill Thunder Program.

Jim loved sports, especially football and hockey, where his favorite teams were the New England Patriots and Boston Bruins. He spent his free time watching various sports games live and on TV; and he played football, baseball and hockey in his younger days. Jim was always there to help relatives and friends. He enjoyed volunteering at the Penta Golf Tournament, being with his Garibaldi brothers and his wide circle of friends. Jim loved his dogs, Jack, Bruin, Charlie and Pumba and enjoyed spending time and traveling with his wife to Ireland, Switzerland, Italy, England, and France. His favorite relaxing place to go with his wife and family was Siesta Key, Florida.

He always helped anyone no questions asked. Jim was always the one that cracked jokes and was the entertainment of the party. He was always smiling. As a result of his generous spirit and pleasant personality, he was loved by many and will be missed by all.

Family members include his loving wife Jolanta (Goral) McCarthy; cherished sons Ryan McCarthy and his fiancé Katie Salvagno, a wedding Jim was looking forward to celebrating, Nathan McCarthy and the late Matthew McCarthy who passed in 2009; siblings Hannah Brigandi and husband Joseph and the late Mary Otis; other in-laws Mark Otis, Derek Goral and wife Lillian and Daniel Goral; nephews and nieces James Bucuzzo, Michael Brigandi, Nicole Brigandi, Alexandra Otis and Wyatt Goral.

Visiting hours will be Sunday, January 26, in the Driscoll Funeral Home 309 So. Main Street, Haverhill from 3:00 to 7:00 PM. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, celebrated in Sacred Hearts Church, 165 So. Main Street, Haverhill at 10:00 AM. Please meet directly at the church. Interment will follow in St. James Cemetery, Haverhill. Please consider donating in Jim's memory to his son Matthew's scholarship that keeps his sons memory alive through college scholarships awarded to high school graduates. Something that Jim worked tirelessly on the past 10 years; Matthew J. McCarthy Scholarship Fund, c/o Salem Five Bank, 2 E. Main Street, Georgetown, MA 01833. For guestbook, visit www.driscollcares.com


Condolence & Memory Journal

Thinking of Jim on a snowy day - he worked Snow & Ice for so many years and was always in demand because he had a great work ethic and got all of his jobs done to high standards. No one could fill his shoes here at MassDOT! Many prayers and sympathy after such a tough year that started off with losing Jim! Sincerely, Julia W, Jim's coworker

Posted by Julia Whiteneck - Bedford, MA - Coworker   February 02, 2021


My condolences to his wife and family I I knew James in high school he was the life of the party he always made you laugh he will be missed by all that knew him

Posted by Lisa Young - Acton, ME - friend   February 02, 2020

Jola and family. I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Jim's passing. I as well as others at Lifeplus have so many great memories of Mac. He was the life of the party! You have so many great memories to cherish. My thoughts and prayers to God to help you get through this difficult time, RIP Mac

Posted by Holly Brackett - Moultonborough, NH - Friend   January 30, 2020

Jim will be sadly missed by me, enjoyed our hockey talk in Peabody office. I had special prayer for Jim and his family in my church in Charlestown this morning service. Good-by good friend, Jim Jones

Posted by James Jones - Peabody, MA - Coworker   January 26, 2020

Ryan Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family from all of us .Iron Legacy Mc Manchester Chapter. we want you to know we are here for you always .

Posted by Chuck Spanos - Lowell, MA - Friend   January 26, 2020

My heart is with Jim's family: I'm very sorry for your loss. RIP

Posted by Carlo Cicala - Gloucester, MA - Coworker   January 25, 2020

Jola and family
I am so sorry for your loss.
Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Belmont, Maria Silva

Posted by Maria Silva - Lowell, MA - Coworker   January 24, 2020

My sincere condolences to Jim's spouse and family

Posted by Helmut Floesser - Andover, MA - Acquaintance   January 23, 2020

I am so saddened to hear of Jim's passing. We went to St. James through HHS together, he was everyone's friend, always smiling. My sincere condolences to his beautiful family

Posted by Lisa Williams - Bradford, MA - Friend   January 23, 2020


so sorry to hear about Jimmy, he was one of kind

Posted by Barbara Nolan - Haverhill, MA - Family Friend   January 23, 2020

Dear McCarthy family, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband, father and brother. I was a high school classmate of Jim's many years ago and always remember his cheerful disposition and sense of humor. He was one of those people who got along with everyone and always had a smile on his face. I hope your memories will help you during this difficult time.

Posted by Laura Lovely-Wilson - Plaistow, NH - Classmate   January 23, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of your loss . Although our families haven't gotten together in years , I have fond memories of Jimmy always making me laugh when I was younger . He was a good man and sad to be gone so soon . I truly believe in my heart he is now with Matt , Mary and his parents , at peace . Again so sorry for your loss .

Posted by Dawn Gillis - Plantation, FL - Family   January 23, 2020

So sorry for your loss, Jim was a good man. Prayers .

Posted by Roscoe Jenkins - Haverhill, MA   January 23, 2020

Jolanta, Ryan and Nathan I am truly sorry for your loss and hope you can find peace in your hearts. Your memories will keep him close and not forgotten.

Posted by Robert Narbonne - Hudson, NH - Friend   January 23, 2020

Our hearts go out to your family. Jim was 1 of a kind. Such a loving and kind person. He will be missed extremely.

Posted by Clarisse & Wally Brousseau - MERRIMAC, MA - Friend   January 23, 2020

So sorry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jim will be greatly missed.

Posted by Mallett Family Mallett - Friend   January 22, 2020

To Jim's family,
I am so saddened to hear of Jim's passing. We grew up in the acre neighborhood, went to St. James and HHS. Porky was always smiling and joking and enjoyed living in the moment. He had a great outlook and was the life of the party. His smile was infectious and if he laughed, everyone was laughing with him. Jim will always be fondly remembered. My thoughts and prayers are with Jim and you, during this difficult time.

Posted by Karen (Allen) Currier - Haverhill - Friend   January 22, 2020

So very sorry for the loss of Jim. I have fond memories of our school days. Jim offered encouragement during my own grief of my own daughter. May you find comfort that Jim is resting in Heaven.

Posted by Catherine Curtiis - NH - Friend   January 22, 2020

So sorry for your family's loss

Posted by Theresa Nolan Susen - Bradford, MA - Family Friend   January 22, 2020

So sorry for your loss Porky was a great guy

Posted by Deb Morin - haverhill, MA - Friend   January 22, 2020

Jola, Ryan and Nate - we were so saddened to hear last night of Jim's passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. I will always remember Jim as such an upbeat happy family guy.

Posted by Susan & Mike O'Neil - Derry, NH   January 22, 2020

Dear Jola, I am so sorry for your loss and wanted to express my most sincere sympathy to you and your family. My thoughts are with you and your family in this difficult time. Alexandra Rousseau

Posted by Alexandra Rousseau - Holliston, MA - Coworker   January 22, 2020

Dear McCarthy Family, our world will not be the same without Jim's cheer and positive attitude. Only person I know who could chew you out and make you laugh at the same time! Jim was a dedicated worker and so smart and sensible. My office will never be the same. Julia Whiteneck, MassDOT

Posted by Julia Whiteneck - Bedford, MA - Coworker   January 22, 2020


Jola and Family,

Words cannot expressed the deep sorrow over your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

The Koza Family

Posted by Dori Koza - Groton, MA - Coworker   January 22, 2020

Jim, I can't believe this. I'll never forget your kindness, smile, sense of humor and sarcasm. I'm not ready to say goodbye! Shine on up there! Make everyone laugh, ok?

Posted by Christine Jackson - Haverhill, MA - Friend   January 22, 2020

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