Eugene Brendan McCarthy Jr.

Born on October 11, 1943 in New York New York
Departed February 16, 2023 in Indialantic, Florida

Eugene Brendan McCarthy Jr. passed away on February 16th, at home in Indialantic, surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). Gene was born in NYC on October 11, 1943 to Eugene and Claire McCarthy.

Growing up in Port Jefferson, NY, Gene joined the Air Force after high school and served his duty in upstate New York. He married his high school sweetheart, Judy (Stevens), in 1966, and began his career with Grumman Bethpaqe, NY. As a part of the Apollo space program, he transferred to The Kennedy Space Center, where they lived in Cocoa Beach and had two children, Jennifer & Brendan. Falling in love with the area and knowing Florida would be a wonderful place to raise their family, they decided to stay in Florida when the program ended, and begin a new chapter. Gene joined AG Edwards as a stockbroker in 1972, and went on to enjoy a very successful career in the financial services industry. In 2001, at the age of 58, Gene was proud to be able to turn his business over to his son, and begin retirement.

His passion was serving the community he had grown to love, and quickly rose to leadership positions in all of the volunteer organizations of which he was a part. His illustrious volunteer career included Past President of the Holy Name of Jesus Parish Council and Knights of Columbus 4th Degree; Past Chairman of Health First Foundation; Past Chairman of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast and recipient of their Volunteer of the Year Award. He was Past Board Member of the Melbourne Airport Authority; Past Chairman of Florida Tech College of Business Board of Overseers and member of Delta Mu Delta. He was also Past Vice Chairman Leadership Brevard; Past Chairman Melbourne/Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce; Past President of Board of Trustees of the Brevard Museum of Art & Science; Past Commodore Eau Gallie Yacht Club. He truly lived by one his favorite quotes: “You Make a Living by What you Get, You Make a Life by what you Give.”

Gene will be missed by all who knew him, as an impassioned and dedicated man who led his family with tremendous integrity, compassion and wisdom. He lived for his children and grandchildren and was fiercely proud of them. His love of the Miami Dolphins & Florida State Seminoles was only eclipsed by the sports his own grandchildren played, and his happiest place during retirement was on the sidelines of a soccer, lacrosse or football field when they were playing. He and Judy enjoyed many years at their summer cabin in Highlands, North Carolina, and then, most recently, visiting Maine where their daughter Jennifer resides. Guiding him throughout his life was his Catholic faith, and his connection to his Irish heritage was an important part of who he was. He is survived by his beloved wife Judy of 57 years; his daughter Jennifer and significant other Steve Arnold; son Brendan (Eugene Brendan McCarthy III) and wife Mary; 3 grandchildren Julia, Mick (Eugene Brendan McCarthy IV), and Catherine. He also leaves behind four sisters, Eleanor (Walt) Chamberlin, Deborah (Tom) DeWick, Mary (Steve) Hargraves, Colleen (Patrick) Henderson, and a brother Douglas (Claudia) McCarthy; his 5 Stevens’ brothers and sisters in-law, and “Uncle Skip” to 21 nieces and nephews and 24 great nieces and nephews.

Arrangements: A funeral Mass will be held at Holy Name of Jesus in Indialantic, Florida on Friday, March 3rd at 11am; visitation at 10:30. A reception will immediately follow at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club.

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Barbara Pattison from Palm Bay wrote on March 6, 2023:
When some time passes and things settle a bit your family will be blessed by unending memories of a life well lived. All of you are in my prayers. Barb
Eleanor McCarthy Chamberlin from Indialantic wrote on February 26, 2023:
Will miss my big brother forever, but am comforted knowing he is is at peace with his God and our Mom and Dad again. ❤️
Mary Louise Pollock and family from Dunedin Florida wrote on February 22, 2023:
Gene was a big part of our lives and we will miss him terribly. Prayers and love to all the family.
Netzley David from Indian Harbour Beach wrote on February 22, 2023:
A wonderful man and a wonderful family. May your many loving memories of your time with him bring you comfort in the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all.
Peggy Alohi Busacca from Melbourne wrote on February 21, 2023:
To Gene's family, I had the pleasure of working with Gene while I was employed by Brevard County. He was one of the great gentlemen and I am sad to know he is gone. I trust that God will comfort you, and memories sustain you.
Nance Burroughs from Longwood wrote on February 20, 2023:
Truly a life well lived leaving behind a legacy in the exceptional children he and Judy raised. My deepest condolences to his loving family.
Justin and Gilli from Los Angeles wrote on February 20, 2023:
May his memory be a blessing!
Danita Morgan from Palm Bay wrote on February 20, 2023:
My Dear Friend ( Eugene McCarthy 🙏💞 ) Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Farewell My Dear Friend Eugene McCarthy🎆💖
Tekimbra Harris from Melbourne Florida wrote on February 20, 2023:
To my loving friend Gene you will be missed our love

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