Michael McCarty 73
Mike passed away on May 16th at a hospital near his winter home in Arizona with his
loving wife Laura (Cardoso) of 23 years by his side. Mike was born in New Jersey, but
lived much of his life in Taunton and New Bedford, Massachusetts. Mike graduated from
Coyle High School in Taunton, attended Providence College and graduated from
Massachusetts College of Optometry (Class of 1969). He enjoyed a long
successful career in Optometry at his offices in Taunton, New Bedford and Fall River.
Mike was the father of 4 wonderful children. His eldest, Mark Sean, Pascoag, RI, Paul
Douglas (Lamduan) Thailand, Dr. Erin McCarty (Norman W. Brown III) Lakeville, RI, and
Kyla (John) Valcovic E Taunton. Mike leaves 5 exuberant grandchildren, Lily, Jack and
Rose Valcovic, Hunter and Talulah Brown. He was the son of Matt and Hope (Kennedy)
McCarty. Mike was the oldest of five McCarty children leaving 4 sisters, Kathy Carroll,
Susan Ainsworth, Patricia Trahan and Mary McCarty.
Mike was an ultra-athlete. He first ran the Boston Marathon in 1975, however, he spent
the majority of his life training for national and international duathlon
championships. Combining biking and running, McCarty won the national championship
in his age division twice and competed in a record 18 straight world championships,
winning his age division in 2000 in Calais, France, at 55. He was a fierce competitor and
was always pushing the limits of what the human body can do.
A Memorial Tribute will follow this summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made
to the Shriners Hospitals for Children 51 Blossom St, Boston, MA 02114