Caitlin E. McCarthy

June 2, 2002 ~ March 6, 2020 (age 17)


Caitlin E. McCarthy passed away in her Walpole, Massachusetts home on Friday morning, March 6, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.  Born in Boston, Massachusetts on June 2, 2002, she is the daughter of Joseph M. McCarthy, Jr. and Susan A. (Snuffer) McCarthy.  At a young age, Caitlin was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome, but that never kept her down, as she lived a life full of joy and love.  Caitlin was raised in Walpole and educated in her home by her devoted and caring teachers and therapists.  Throughout her life, Caitlin learned how to sew, tend to her own vegetable garden, and master the kitchen.  She also enjoyed painting, creating many canvases for her family and friends to enjoy.  Scrapbooking was another skill that Caitlin learned, allowing her to reflect back at her accomplishments and wonderful moments in her life.
Caitlin’s life truly revolved around her family.  She loved her two brothers, Matt and Dan, especially when they read her a favorite story, and she always rewarded them with a culinary delight.  Whenever the Boston Bruins or the New England Patriots were playing, Caitlin could be found right next to her Dad, helping to cheer on the home team.  Caitlin looked to her Mom when it was time for a change of scenery in her room, which was transformed into many different themes over the years.  Josie, Caitlin’s service dog, formed an incredibly close bond with her, never wanting to leave her side in her last few days.
Beloved daughter of Joseph M. Jr. and Susan A. (Snuffer) McCarthy of Walpole.
Loving sister of Matthew J. McCarthy and Daniel K. McCarthy.
Cherished granddaughter of Joseph M. and Kathleen T. (Wright) McCarthy of Middleboro and Clifton K. Snuffer, Jr. of Walpole and the late Joan (Schwenderman) Snuffer.
Niece of Joanna Caristi and her husband, David, of North Attleborough, Kristen McCarthy of Los Angeles, California, Erika McCarthy of Boston, Karen Cleary of Florida, Clifton K. Snuffer, III and his wife, Deneen, of Walpole, Michelle M. McDonough and her husband, Gerard, of Walpole, and Steven K. Snuffer of Wrentham.
Also survived by many loving cousins, nurses, therapists, and teachers.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Caitlin’s Life Celebration on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 4 to 8 PM in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Blessed Sacrament Church, 10 Diamond Street, Walpole, on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 10:00 AM.  Interment will follow in Terrace Hill Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Caitlin’s name may be made to causes that are near and dear to her family’s hearts, The Best Buddies Program at Walpole High School and The Special Olympics at the Middle School Level.  Checks should be made out to the “Town of Walpole” with “In Memory of Caitlin McCarthy” in the memo line and can be sent to The Walpole School Department, 135 School Street, Walpole, Massachusetts 02081.

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Life Celebration
March 11, 2020

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home
48 Common Street
Walpole, MA 02081

Mass of Christian Burial
March 12, 2020

10:00 AM
Blessed Sacrament Church
10 Diamond Street
Walpole, MA 02081

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