John Patrick McCarthy, a longtime Montclair resident, died on Jan. 25, 2021, after an 18-year battle with cancer. He was 74.

Mr. McCarthy was born in 1946 in Wyandotte, Mich., but lived most of his life in Montclair. 

He was a graduate of the first work-study class at Montclair High School. He was employed by the Archdiocese of Newark as a laborer at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Upper Montclair for 37 years. 

As a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Mr. McCarthy  enjoyed travel and marching in the annual Fourth of July parade in Montclair. 

He had an extensive knowledge of rock and roll, and a huge collection of 45rpm records from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. He would often use these to work as a DJ at parties. 

He lived the life he was given to its fullest and never complained.

Mr. McCarthy is survived by his sisters, Catherine Roth (William) and Elizabeth Dmytriw (Kevin); his brother, Joseph McCarthy (Suzanne), and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Alice McCarthy, and his sisters, Ann McCarthy, Mary Matrale, Dorothy McCarthy and Marion McCarthy.

Visitation is Thursday, Jan. 28, at 8:30 a.m. at Caggiano Memorial Home for Funerals, 62 Grove St., followed by services at 10 at Immaculate Conception Church. Interment will be at Immaculate Conception Cemetery.