Alan McCarthy

Funeral Mass

10:00 am
Saturday, November 23, 2019
St. Margaret's Church
111 Winn St.
Burlington, Massachusetts, United States

Obituary of Alan R. McCarthy

Alan R. “Mac” McCarthy, passed away peacefully on Monday morning, November 18, 2019.  He was 84 years old.  He was the oldest of four children born to Joseph and Pauline McCarthy.  He grew up and was educated in Somerville.  He was a member of the Somerville High School Class of 1953 where he played football..  After graduating, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served during the Korean War.    He was employed at Polaroid Corporation for 38 years.  

Mac married his wife, Roselyn, in 1957 and they settled in their forever home in Burlington in 1965.    He was a dedicated coach Burlington Pop Warner Football for 18 years.    He had a regular spot in the stands of Burlington High School with his friends, to cheer on the Red Devil Football team.  He followed all the college and professional teams and could call the game as he watched.  He served as a member of the Library Trustees in Burlington, Historical Society, and helped in the restoration efforts of the Grandview Farm.

Mac’s life revolved around his family.  He and his wife Roselyn spent 62 years together, bringing 6 children into this world, and then seeing a next generation of 7 more grandchildren.  When his children were young, his home, backyard, and pool were always filled with his children and their friends.  He followed and supported all his children and grandchildren’s activities and sports.  He even learned all about the games of soccer and lacrosse so he could better encourage his grandchildren as they played.  There were countless family vacations, summer pool parties, holidays, and family celebrations. 

Mac was the beloved husband of Roselyn Marie (Heffernan) McCarthy. He was the loving father of Robyn Swaim & her husband Christopher of Nashua, NH, Paula McCarthy of Dunstable, Bryan McCarthy of Burlington, Erin TenBroeck & her husband Derek of Pepperell, Rachel McCarthy of Hudson, NH, and Pamela McCarthy of Groton. He was the brother of Paul McCarthy of Somerville, Philip McCarthy of Dennis, and the late Maureen Ringler.  Mac was the proud grandfather of Kyle Swaim, Tyler, Molly, & Christopher TenBroeck, and Laura, Meredith, & Kristina Sharpe. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 23 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. There will be no visiting hours and the burial will be private.  Arrangements by the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, Burlington. For directions see


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