About Stephen W. McCarthy
Stephen W. McCarthy, 56, of Stratham, died Sunday, May 17, 2015, at the Exeter Hospital with loving and devoted family by his side after a brief, but courageous, battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born December 16, 1958, in Worcester, Mass., one of seven children to Mary Jane (McGourty) McCarthy of Hampton and the late Allen E. McCarthy, Jr.
Stephen was raised in Worcester and graduated from Worcester Academy with the Class of 1976 and went on to earn an associate’s degree from Bradford College in Haverhill, Mass. The McCarthy family had summered at Hampton Beach for years and moved to Hampton permanently in 1976. Stephen worked as a waiter at many local restaurants while in college. His positive, professional and friendly personality resulted in the development of lasting relationships with his many customers. This same attitude translated into a very successful business relationship with his brothers, Jay and Duffy McCarthy. Together, the McCarthy brothers founded Marketing & Sales Associates of Hampton and developed a company that is well known throughout New England. Stephen’s interpersonal abilities were a big reason for the company’s successes. Stephen was dedicated to his family and many friends and always had time to help anyone in their time of need. One of his greatest gifts was giving of his time and love, helping others emotionally, physically and spiritually. He was a devout Christian, loved Jesus Christ and loved his church. He was active in the Rye Congregational Church for years and was a faithful communicant of the Saint Theresa Parish of Rye.
Above all else, Stephen loved his family. He adored his wife and would never let a day go by without saying “I Love You Honey.” Stephen never missed his children’s sporting events, plays or recitals. He was not only an active and involved father to his own children but was a father figure to many of his children’s friends as well. Stephen was one of the funniest people you could ever meet and he maintained his fantastic sense of humor right up to the end of his life with one-liners from his hospital bed.
In addition to his loving mother, Stephen is survived by his cherished wife, Nina (Solberg) McCarthy, his sons, Corey and Colin McCarthy and his daughter, Lene McCarthy, all of Stratham. He also leaves his brothers, Jay McCarthy and his wife Lee Anne of Hampton Falls, Duffy McCarthy and his wife Jennifer of Hampton and Timothy McCarthy and his girlfriend Cheryl Hughes of Sacramento, Calif.; his sisters, Lisa Sheehan and her husband Robert of Nashua, Taryn McCarthy and her husband, Robert Loch of Rye and his twin, Susan Pope and her husband Richard of Kennebunk, Maine, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.