Michael Ryan McCarthy, 29
November 4, 1985- July 13, 2015
Michael Ryan McCarthy passed away unexpectedly in the early hours of July 13, 2015. He leaves behind his parents, Steven and Laurel, and his brother, Scott.
Michael was a joy to his family and friends. His cheerful smile and caring manner endeared him to the many people in his life. Born in Hyannis, he attended Centerville Elementary where wonderful teachers encouraged Mike to pursue his varied interests. He was a Cub scout, played trombone, collected video games, and even acted in a couple of school plays.
Michael was a graduate of Barnstable High School, Class of 2004, after being a dual-enrollment student at Cape Cod Community College for his junior and senior years. He went on to attend UMass Amherst until diagnosed with a serious illness, which Mike referred to as “mad scientist disease”. Returning home, Michael worked at many local businesses while he attended classes offered by Suffolk University at Cape Cod Community College. Mike was known for his positive spirit and spread kindness to everyone he met. He was also adventurous! At the age of 9, he became an altar server at Our Lady of Victory Church. He eventually took charge of scheduling the altar servers and participated in many special church ceremonies and events. When Michael was 10, he took art lessons at an Osterville studio. This awakened his talent to draw and paint, which he dabbled in throughout his life. Mike played all the typical youth sports, making the wise decision in middle school to retire from athletics due to extremely poor yet amusing uncoordination.
The world of possibilities opened up in middle school for Michael. He found his niche in academic challenges and was chosen to go to the State House to speak about how students in 1998-99 were using computers in school. Michael fearlessly signed up to join the first group of Barnstable students to go to Ecuador. Illustrating Michael’s uniqueness, while the other students went to study monkeys, flowers, or birds, he wanted to measure the rate of decay of plant root nodules (nitrogen fixation). It was a highlight of his life.
Michael loved to spend time at his local beaches and the town landing named for his grandfather in Centerville, especially early in the morning. Ironically, despite the McCarthy family’s rich history of boating and beach-going, Michael didn’t enjoy swimming, detested salt water in his eyes, and was irritated by sand on his skin. Still and all, he found joy at the shore in his own way.
Michael is also survived by his grandmothers, Margery McCarthy and Lorraine Benedict, Aunt Lisa and Uncle Michael Fiszbein, Aunt Jennifer Leos, Uncle Russell and Aunt Trudy McCarthy, Uncle William McCarthy and Amy, Aunt Patricia Cunningham, Aunt Jessica and Uncle Steve Stamaris, Cousins Shannon McGilvray and her daughter Violet, Keri Goff and her children Kaelyn and Kameron, Kelly McCarthy, David McCarthy, Dana Fiszbein, David Fiszbein, Zachary Leos and Joshua Leos. He was pre-deceased by his grandfathers Daniel McCarthy and Franklyn Benedict, and his Uncle Leo Leos. His loss is also felt by many dear friends.
Visiting hours are at John Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Road, Marstons Mills on Friday, July 17th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. A graveside service at Mosswood Cemetery in Cotuit will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Brain and Behavior Research Foundation in memory of Michael (bbrfoundation.org).