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Robert Joseph McCarthy

Apr 05, 2018

Bethany Beach — Robert Joseph McCarthy (Bob), age 74 passed away peacefully on March 20, 2018 in Rockville, Maryland.

He was born on Oct. 18, 1943 in Washington, D.C. to Justin J. McCarthy and Lydia Smithson.

He attended Gonzaga College High School in Washington D.C., and continued his education at George Washington University where he earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in business administration.

Bob pursued a career in the federal government and served 25 years as a senior executive in five different federal agencies. He worked for the Library of Congress, GSA, and several sectors of the Department of Transportation (DOT).

While working for the department of transportation, he designed the affirmative action plan for women and minorities that allowed them to obtain management positions. He advanced to the position Director of Personnel for DOT.

In 1968, he founded MRF consulting, LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in human resources and training.

Bob and his wife always had a deep love for the Eastern Shore and have owned property there since 1973. Bob served three terms on the South Bethany, Delaware town council and was elected mayor in 1976.

In 2000, they relocated permanently to the Eastern Shore. Bob served as president of the South Bethany historical society. He was an active parishioner at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Ocean City.

He served as trustee and Eucharistic minister for St. Luke’s. Bob was a long-term member of the Ocean City Ancient Order of Hibernians and served two terms as the organization’s president. He was a fourth degree member of the Ocean City Knights of Columbus.

Also, he was a board member of the Most Blessed Sacrament School in Ocean Pines and was president in 2016 of the South Bethany Historical Society. In 2017, he served as the grand marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ocean City.

Bob is predeceased by his father, Justin J. McCarthy; mother, Lydia Smithson; step-mother, Julia Anderson; and sister, Justine McCarthy.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Lee McCarthy of 54 years, and their three children, Christopher McCarthy (Shelley McCarthy, wife) of Austin, Texas, Stephen McCarthy (Lisa McCarthy, wife) of Washington, D.C., and Kerry Dalton (Dana Dalton, husband), of Rockville, Maryland.

He is also survived by six grandchildren, Colleen McCarthy (Ryan Gholami, husband) of San Marcos, Texas, Kaitlin Mills of Baltimore, Maryland, Justin Mills of Arlington, Virginia, Sean McCarthy of Fort Collins, Colorado, Andrew Dalton of Rockville, Maryland, and Ryan McCarthy of Washington, D.C.

A Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, March 26, 2018 at St. Luke Catholic Church in Ocean City.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth and Families, 4901 Eastern Ave., Hyattsville, Maryland 20732-3301 or to Coastal Cats, P.O. Box 1125, Bethany Beach, Delaware 19930.

Condolences may be sent by visiting www.bishophastingsfh.com.

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