Bill McCarthy's coffin is conveyed into Arlington National Cemetery by an Army ceremonial guard
Casket is carried from the horse drawn carriage to the grave site
U. S. Army pallbearers remove the flag which draped Bill McCarthy's coffin
Bill McCarthy's wife Joan is presented with the flag which draped his coffin
A riderless horse, part of the funeral procession for PSD Bill McCarthy at Arlington National Cemetery
Past State Deputy Bill McCarthy is laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery
September 29, 2015 - Retired U.S. Army Colonel William J. McCarthy, who served as the Virginia State Deputy of the Knights of Columbus during the 2010-2011 fraternal year, was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on an overcast fall day, with many of his friends and family in attendance.
Bill had been suffering from cancer for some five years. He seemed full of energy when he gave a well-received speech on faith and patriotism at a 2014 state meeting, but ihe took ill soon afterward, and it was the last state meeting he would be able to attend.
He died on May 8, 2015 at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg at the age of 77. His funeral was held on May 12, but his burial at Arlington could not be scheduled until September. He was an active member of Battlefield Council 10246, and was also active in the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Bill McCarthy served for 28 years in the Army. He grew up in Massachusetts and received his undergraduate degree from Northeastern University. He also earned an M.A. from Shippensburg University.
Bill and his wife Joan were married for nearly 54 years, and have four children and eight grandchildren.
William J. McCarthy
1938 - 2015
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