H.A. McCarthy, a former Chicago police officer, died at home in East Falmouth on June 17. Mr. McCarthy, 67, was known as Mac.
Mr. McCarthy retired as a police sergeant in 2008 after 30 years of service in the City of Chicago. During that time, he was one of the founding members and a side drummer for the Pipes & Drums of the Chicago Police Department. He found his greatest privilege in honoring his fallen brothers and sisters in blue and red by performing or attending a funeral in uniform.
He received the police department’s highest honor of the Blue Star Award twice, and Mr. McCarthy was the first inductee to the IACP/DuPont Kevlar Survivors Club after being injured in the line of duty in 1983; his vest saved his life.
His passions were his fast cars, including Mercury Marauders and Shelby GTs, of which he owned many. Other interests were storytelling, screenwriting, road trips and Civil War history.
A funeral Mass will be said on Friday, June 26, at 10 AM at Parish of Christ the King in Mashpee.
Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Falmouth.