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July 30, 1934 – Jan. 16, 2013

John A. McCarthy, of Grand Island, a real estate agent for more than 30 years, died Wednesday in Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, Lewiston, after a short illness. He was 78.

Born in Buffalo, he grew up on the West Side and graduated from Annunciation High School. He served 20 years in the Air Force, attaining the rank of master sergeant, and was a Vietnam War veteran.

Mr. McCarthy was a former broker and owner of Century 21 McCarthy Realty on Grand Island. A past president of the Century 21 Brokers Council, he also served as president of the Greater Buffalo Association of Realtors.

Mr. McCarthy served as chairman of the Grand Island Assessment Board of Review for 28 years. He also was a town zoning officer for 10 years.

A member of the Grand Island Lions Club since 1972, he served as president and received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award from the Lions International Foundation.

Mr. McCarthy served two terms as president of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce.

He also was a member of Charles DeGlopper Memorial Post 9249, Veterans of Foreign Wars, on Grand Island, and the Air Force Sergeants Association.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, the former Marlene Rahuba, a retired Grand Island receiver of taxes; four sons, Ronald, Richard, Daniel and Timothy; a brother, Michael; and a sister, Frances Voigt.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Stephen Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island.