Michael McCarty

Died: May 16, 2018
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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

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Died: May 16, 2018

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Joe Tom Whillock posted on 4/21/19

Just found out. So sorry. What a competitor. Always had a smile.


Joe Tom Whillock posted on 4/21/19

Just found out about Mike. Have many fond memories. What a competitor. You and Mike were such great hosts to Dianne and I. Will never forget the wonderful time we had at your home in New Bedford. And, the many times I got to share with him the Sport he so loved. What a competitor!


Jean Miller posted on 2/24/19

Laura: I was trying to find you this evening regarding a duathlon in Fountain Hills. I had no idea that MIke had passed.....I am so sorry. He was such an important part of Tom's and my life. Please get in touch with me....I am now living in Fountain Hills for 6 months, and Maine for 6. Would love to talk with you or see you. Much love, Jean Miller 480-250-9172 or jeanmiller05@gmail.com


Glenn Nieuwenhuis, Coyle 1969 posted on 2/23/19

My earliest memory of Mike was in the spring of 1970 - at an outdoor basketball hoop in the parking lot at Coyle on Summer Street. We played a game of one on one. We were evenly matched. What a hard-fought game it was! Best wishes to his family.


Mike Lamb posted on 6/9/18

Mike was my cross-country and track coach at Coyle and to say he was competitive is to compare a candle to the sun. His desire to win burned hot, hot, hot and yet he always knew when to give a word of encouragement too. He welcomed us in his home and had a way of praising us and pushing us to get to our best. Please accept my deepest sympathies and thank you for sharing Mike with us.


Roger posted on 6/7/18

To Mike's family and friends, Mike's East Coast riding friends were surprised and saddened to hear of his passing. Mike is remembered fondly by his fellow athletes at the TriTown Time trial, where Mike has been a regular participant for several years. As you're no doubt aware, Mike was a strong competitor, and has left more than a few younger riders shaking their head and wondering how "that skinny old guy was so going darn fast." He friendly face and cheerful disposition will be missed but not forgotten. With sincere condolences, The TriTown cycling group