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Daniel Joseph McCarthy

Posted By DeJohn Funeral Homes On January 8, 2021 @ 3:21 pm In Obituaries,South Euclid | 3 Comments

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DANIEL JOSEPH MCCARTHY age 87, beloved husband of the late Bobbie Jean McCarthy  (nee Gibson); loving father of Kathleen Ann Platt (Herbert), Margaret Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Ileen Marie Litton (Canie Burns), Daniel Joseph McCarthy IV, Ruby Helen Miller (Richard), and the late Bobbie Jean Sattley; devoted grandfather of 18 and great-grandfather of many; cherished son of the late Daniel Joseph McCarthy II and Genevieve Margaret (nee Yecko) McCarthy; dearest brother of Colleen Lotenro, Mary Kovoch (Frank), Nora McCarthy, Madonna Cairens (Dennis); dear uncle and great-uncle of many nieces and nephews. U.S. Navy Veteran.

Daniel was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania on August 5, 1933 and passed away on January 5, 2021. He was a longtime resident of Cleveland, specifically Collinwood and Cleveland Heights. Daniel was a top floor iron worker, and his last job was the construction of the Society Center (now Key Bank Tower). He was known as “The Viking” among his coworkers.

Daniel was very proud of his career in the United States Navy, and was one of the best boat operators in the Korean War. He was so proud of his Irish heritage and how his grandchildren embraced Irish dancing. Daniel loved singing old country and torch songs, as well as dancing polkas and jitterbugs with his darling Bobbie Jean. He had creative hobbies like portrait painting, sewing, and cooking. Daniel laughed hard and loved harder, and he will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Contributions may be made in memory of Daniel by contacting the funeral home. Graveside service with Military Honors at Lake View Cemetery (meet at Mayfield Rd. entrance) on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11 AM. Arrangements by THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF SOUTH EUCLID.

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Condolence from Patty on January 11th, 2021 9:18 am

I did not know their father that well but I do know the family and they’re an awesome respectful family. I know deep down inside he was a great person who loved his children. My deepest condolences, Patty

Condolence from Evans family on January 12th, 2021 12:29 pm

Remembering the family in this time of great sorrow. Continue to rely on God and know that he hears your prayers, because he cares for you. Thinking of you all.

Condolence from Nora McCarthy on January 14th, 2021 9:48 pm

My brother Dan is the reason why I became a jazz vocalist. He was the eldest in the family, I am the baby. We were the redheaded bookends of five children born to Genevieve and Daniel McCarthy, our loving parents. My brother’s influence on me began when, as a young child when I discovered the “brushes” that he used to play drums with on the table top in our living room. Dan was a very musical young man and could have easily had a successful career in show business – I remember watching from the stairs, him and my other older siblings jitterbugging to the hits of the day in our living room, and my brother, dropping to his knees in a slide that went half way across the room….wearing out the rug as a consequence of his doing it so many times; it was thrilling to witness. He was such a good dancer and he loved music, he was a natural musician. His main talent was his voice and what a voice it was. Deep rich resonant tone, smooth vibrato, great pitch, swinging rhythm, and a lot of soul – remember how he’d sing “That Old Black Magic.” His sound rivaled that of the legendary Billy Eckstine, you couldn’t tell them a part. Music was in my brother’s blood. So, over the years as I grew up listening to my brother sing, I learned about music especially the songs from the Great American Songbook, the jazz standards sung by both Eckstine and Frank Sinatra, and the pop, jazzy, blues songs of the day such as those sung by Joe Turner or the Four Freshman. One of my fondest memories of him was when we drove down to Florida together after our Mom passed in ’81, singing and scatting all the way – he blew my mind that’s how good he was. Because there was 16 years between us, I was just a kid when he went off to the Navy and would see him on his furloughs home when he’d bring back exotic gifts for our mother, like a rug from the Middle East and a cuckoo clock from Germany. On those trips home, he’d spend most of his time eating my mom’s great cooking – potato pancakes being his favorite. No matter how much he could eat, he was always tall and lanky, with a full head of gorgeous red hair. My memories of my brother, are many, are all wonderful, and some sad. When he married, he had six children, his eldest Kathy being close in age to me was more like a baby sister and we all grew up together. Dan was both the brother and the patriarch of our family after our father died. He went on to have quite the brood with his wife Bobbie, with many grandchildren and great grandchildren and he was proud of each and everyone of them. I will always remember his gregarious personality, his contagious buoyant laughter, his incredible wit, his heated debates, his vivid imagination, his ability to dream, his amazing voice, his big heart, his eternal optimism and most of all, his beautiful, twinkling blue eyes – an Irishman through and through. He was my big brother and because of him, I sing. Fly to the Moon Brother, and play among the stars, and let me know what spring is like on Jupiter and Mars…till we meet again, I’ll be looking at the moon, but I’ll be seeing you.

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