Eugene F. McCarthy Passes
Retail Editor 4 -- Home Textiles Today, March 25, 2013
New Providence, N.J. - Gene McCarthy, one of a generation of career-long textiles veterans who rose to be president of Fieldcrest Mills and continued to work well into his 70s, passed away over the weekend after an illness. He was 76.
The memorial visitation will be on Tuesday, March 26, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Paul Ippolito Summit Memorial at 7 Summit Ave. in Summit, N.J.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 27 at 10:45 a.m., at St. Teresa of Avila at 306 Morris Ave., also in Summit.
Born in Philadelphia and raised in Providence, R.I., he was a longtime resident of this suburban New Jersey community. McCarthy - known to friends as Geno or just Gene - spent his entire career in the home textiles industry, starting as a salesperson after graduating from Providence College.
He eventually became president of Fieldcrest in the 1990s at a time when as one of the smaller American textiles mills it specialized in better products for the department store trade. It was also a company with a preponderance both of executives of Irish American descent and excellent golfers.
While he qualified on both fronts, McCarthy was even better known as "a gentleman" by friends and co-workers, and that image stayed with him throughout his career even after he left Fieldcrest in a change of management.
While the information supplied by his family for his obituary said he retired in 2000, he was usually seen at market and around the industry representing CDS, the textiles finishing company in South Carolina where he had earlier served as an executive. He worked markets as recently as last year.
In the notice of his passing, his family noted, "Gene will forever be remembered for his generous spirit, keen insight and his ever-present sense of humor. He was a true gentleman, guided by his deep faith and was the bedrock and best friend to his devoted wife and children.
"He was a longtime volunteer and board member of the American Red Cross Summit Chapter, a member of the Canoe Brook Country Club and an optimistic golfer and a proud participant in his monthly book club.
McCarthy is survived by his wife, Carol, and his five children: Eugene F. (Jay) McCarthy Jr., John McCarthy and his wife Amy, Thomas McCarthy and his wife Wendy, Billy McCarthy and his wife Sue and Meghan Duttenhofer and her husband Steve; and his brother, Terrance McCarthy. He is also survived by 11 (soon to be 12) grandchildren: Jack, Emily, Molly, Owen, Katie, Sarah, Lucy, Jack, Andrew, Matt and Tommy.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations in his memory be made to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY 10605 or the New Providence Rescue Squad, 7 Academy St. New Providence, NJ.
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