Salem — Richard J. McCarthy, 90, of Salem, formerly of Swampscott, loving husband of Mary M. (Lento) McCarthy, died Wednesday, November 20, 2013, in Salem Hospital.
Born in Melrose, Massachusetts, he was the only child of the late John and Gertrude (Maine) McCarthy. Richard was educated in the Malden public schools. Upon graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was stationed for several years in Hawaii.
Following his discharge, Richard did a prep year at Dean Academy, before matriculating at Bowdoin College. He was graduated from Bowdoin in 1951. Richard then earned his law degree at the Cornell University Law School.
Richard began his legal career at Donahue, Doherty & Dolan of Lynn and then served as an Assistant District Attorney in Essex County. He then became a senior trial lawyer for the Hartford Insurance Company in Boston. In addition, Richard taught constitutional law at the Portia Law School (now called the New England School of Law).
Richard, an avid reader of history and politics, was actively involved in local government matters. He was elected to the Salem School Committee and also served as a Commissioner on the Swampscott Board of Library Trustees.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, David M. of North Attleboro (Tara Kiusalas) and Robert L. of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; a daughter, Sally of Washington, D.C. (Matthew Walker), and two grandchildren, Clare and Helen Walker.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held in the Immaculate Conception Church on Saturday at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. A visitation will be held in the David H. Gonet Funeral Home, 22 Hawthorne Blvd., Salem, prior to the funeral, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. For condolences please visit www.gonetfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem, 13 Hawthorne Blvd., Salem, MA 01970.