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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