Robert Joseph McCarthy
October 18, 1943 - March 20, 2018
Robert Joseph McCarthy (Bob), age 74 passed away peacefully on March 20, 2018 in
Rockville, MD. He was born on October 18, 1943 in Washington, D.C. to Justin J.
McCarthy and Lydia Smithson.
He attended Gonzaga College High School (1961) in Washington D.C., and continued
his education at George Washington University where he earned both his Bachelor’s and
Master’s degree in business administration.Bob pursued a career in the federal
government and served 25 years as a senior executive in five different federal agencies.
He worked for the Library of Congress, GSA, and several sectors of the Department of
Transportation (DOT). While working for the department of transportation, he designed the
affirmative action plan for women and minorities that allowed them to obtain management
positions. He advanced to the position Director of Personnel for DOT. In 1968, he founded
MRF consulting, LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in human resources and
Bob and his wife always had a deep love for the Eastern Shore and have owned property
there since 1973. Bob served three terms on the South Bethany, Delaware town council
and was elected Mayor in 1976. In 2000, they relocated permanently to the Eastern Shore.
Bob served as president of the South Bethany historical society. He was an active
parishioner at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Ocean City. He served as trustee and
Eucharistic minister for St. Luke’s. Bob was a long-term member of the Ocean City Ancient
Order of Hibernians and served two terms as the organization’s president. He was a fourth
degree member of the Ocean City Knights of Columbus. Also, he was a board member of
the Most Blessed Sacrament School in Ocean Pines. In 2017, he served as the grand
Marshall of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ocean City.
Bob is predeceased by his father Justin J. McCarthy, mother Lydia Smithson, step-mother
Julia Anderson, and sister Justine McCarthy.
He is survived by his wife Nancy Lee McCarthy of 54 years and their three children:
Christopher McCarthy (Shelley McCarthy, Wife) of Austin, TX, Stephen McCarthy (Lisa
McCarthy, Wife) of Washington, D.C., and Kerry Dalton, of Rockville, MD. He is also
survived by six grandchildren: Colleen McCarthy ( Ryan Gholami, husband) of San Marcos,
TX, Kaitlin Mills of Baltimore, MD, Justin Mills of Arlington, VA, Sean McCarthy of Fort
Collins, CO, Andrew Dalton of Rockville, MD, and Ryan McCarthy of Washington, D.C.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at noon on Monday, March 26, 2018 at St. Luke
Catholic Church in Ocean City.
Friends may call on Sunday from 1 pm to 3 pm at Bishop-Hastings Funeral Home in
Selbyville and from 10am to noon at the church on Monday.
Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Dagsboro.