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McCarthy, Jeffrey

- March 3, 2019

Frank “Jeff” McCarthy, Age 69, of Evergreen Colorado passed away on Sunday March 3, 2019 surrounded by his family. Jeff was raised in the Baskin Ridge area of New Jersey. From an early age he was an avid outdoorsman. From teaching his sister Kathy to catch crabs with fish heads off the docks, to collecting insects outside and being an avid fisherman, he was constantly a student of the earth. His passion for Biology lead to a lifelong career as an educator. He had many great years teaching High school science in Connecticut high schools before following his life long dream and heading west and living in the mountains. He settled in at Evergreen Middle School. He was very well loved by staff and students. His genuine passion for science and offbeat humor made taking a class with Mr. McCarthy memorable for a lifetime.If he wasn’t making the students wait until he exclaimed an enthusiastic “Arrivederci!” or making up fun nicknames for students he was often heard saying things like” I have hunch it’s time for lunch!” or tossing a ball named Chuck to students so they could answer questions in class. He was a true teacher and his legacy will last a lifetime as students still repeat his funny sayings throughout their lives.

Jeff was passionate about many things in life. From being an accomplished fly fisherman, playing guitar, to learning Spanish, to model trains and Ford Mustangs. He always had a new project going and loved to learn.

And while he had many interests his truest passion was always his family. He and his wife Georgine shared an amazing 36 year marriage. Traveling the world, seeing beautiful sights, eating great food and fishing and camping they’re relationship was one for the ages. They were the love of each other’s lives. He was a supportive brother to his sister Kathy McCarthy. Keeping in close contact their entire lives even while living 1000s of miles apart. He played music and was close friends with her partner Antti Roiha. He texted weekly and never forgot those amazing early years together where he was the big brother. He was an amazing Uncle to his nephew and nieces. An important role model and and a constant support. He was always bringing his nephew Ryan to the latest sci-fi movie or being a guy his niece Laura knew she could count on for advice or watching Homeward Bound and being sad. He was very close with his Brother and Sister in Law. His Brother In Law Bill Danley and he were fly fishing partners, traveling anywhere there was a good chunk of river and catching beautiful fish. He shared a close bond to his sister in law Marcia Danley, always being there when needed.

Yes, this is a long story. But it didn’t even scratch the surface of the man he was. He will be sorely missed. Thank you Jeff for all the great years. The world will not be the same without you. We love you.

Jeff was survived by his loving wife Georgine McCarthy of Evergreen, Colorado. His beloved Golden Retriever Jack of Evergreen,Colorado.Sister Kathy McCarthy and Antti Roiha of Palm Beach, Florida. Brother and sister in law Bill and Marcia Danley of Evergreen, Colorado. Niece Laura Danley of Golden, Colorado. Nephew and Grand Niece and Grand Nephew Ryan Danley, Amy Kidrick, Marilyn Danley and Will Danley of Portland, Oregon. He was proceeded in death by his parents Frank and Claire McCarthy.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Church Of The Transfiguration in Evergreen or to the American Hearth Association.


18 Responses

  1. Tammi Sjoden says:

    We are so sorry to hear the news of Jeff’s passing. We had no idea. We’ll miss seeing him walking Jack around the neighborhood.
    He was a wonderful teacher who our kids still talk fondly of.
    Please accept our condolences and let us know if we can help you in anyway.
    The Sjoden Family

  2. Sandy & Steve Cyphers says:

    Dear Georgine, We are so sad to hear of the loss of the one you loved so very much. You both are beautiful souls.

  3. Cindy Alcorn says:

    My heart breaks hearing of Jeff’s passing. He was truly one of the nicest, most caring people I have ever met. My son Jeremy loved his classes with Jeff and thought the world of him. I will miss seeing him when I walk our pups Bella and Beau. He always showed them so much love, and would stop his truck and get out just to pet them and scratch bellies when he would be driving past us when we walked. This summer will feel so empty without seeing him walking Jack in the mornings. Our love and condolences to you Georgine! He will be so missed!

  4. LJ says:

    The years of our life are fleeting. Without intervention, we would all say goodbye to those we love, or they would say goodbye to us. Wonderfully, God has promised to intervene. “With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3, 4) God will destroy death and remove the pain it has caused by restoring those who have died back to life. Yes, it will be like he wiped the tears from our eyes, when we are reunited with those we love. I am very sorry for your loss.

  5. Dave Kreider says:

    It is with great sadness our family learned of Jeff’s passing and we offer our deepest condolences to Georgine and family. Jeff was always willing to share information or a story but I will mostly miss that great smile. We taught Science together our first 8 years in Evergreen and I have fond memories of Outdoor Club trips that Jeff organized in the early years and more recent fishing trips to South Park. Such a friendly and kind man, such a caring and passionate teacher. You will be missed but not forgotten, my friend.

  6. Nancy Visocky says:

    I am sad to hear of Jeff’s passing. He was so loving and caring to fellow teachers and students, he will be greatly missed. I loved casually talking to him, always a positive message to share. It was a privilege to have known him, never to be forgotten.
    My sincere condolences to Georgine and all his family.

  7. Bob Ott says:

    May you Rest In Peace my ol’ friend. We had lots of fun teaching at Harding High. May your family cherish you for the rest of their lives. You deserve it. Otter

  8. Haley Gutierrez says:

    I was so sad to hear of Mr. McCarthy’s passing. He was my favorite teacher in middle school, and I fondly remember doing Meals on wheels with him! Rest In Peace.

  9. Dwight Souder says:

    Our heart felt condolence to Georgine and family. Jeff was truly a jewel. For many years he faithfully helped out with the community meal that we did at Green Ridge Meadows senior housing. He always came with some of his “best” students with him to help and we quickly came to understand that all of his students were his best students. Our son had the pleasure of being one of Jeff’s many students who will never forget him.

  10. Mary Steinbrecher says:

    After transforming from a Junior High to a Middle School, Jeff became the team leader of the 7th grade McCaw team. Every year in September, Jeff would lead the way on our first outdoor field trip,down the hill to one of the nearby fish ponds. While students would have activities to complete, Jeff would throw his line in…waiting for the big one.
    It was a pleasure to teach with Jeff, who always had something nice to say about everyone.
    I am deeply sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to Georgine and his extended family.

  11. Arturo and Barbara Gutierrez says:

    Dear Georgine,

    We offer our sincere condolences in your recent loss. Jeff will truly be missed. I am pretty sure that all 4 of our kids enjoyed attending his classes at EHS. Lots of fond memories. Barbara mentioned many of the those noted by order in their posts. A true educator indeed. I am sure that he was an inspiration to many students that are now educators themselves. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Should you need anything at all, please feel free in letting us know. We’re right up the street next to the Barnes. Blessings.

  12. Linda Cannon says:

    My deepest condolences to Georgine and the family. I knew Jeff from Conifer High School as a substitute. He was one of the most popular teachers and the race was always on to get him before other teachers did! He will be missed by the whole faculty. We were in total shock when we heard the news. Georgine, I am praying for you and your family in this very very difficult time. Blessings, Linda Cannon (Spanish teacher)

  13. Julie Doyle says:

    My deepest condolences to Jeff’s family, friends and Jack. I will always remember the great times I had working with him and the fun we had speaking Spanish together. He will be missed by many.

  14. Melissa Trask says:

    Jeff was an awesome addition at our school, Conifer High and we depended on his knowledge of Spanish to teach our kids when we couldn’t. He was kind, he was so willing and helpful and supportive. He will be sorely missed. Please accept our deepest condolences.

  15. Peggy Bohm says:

    I am truly sorry for your loss. I have so many memories of teaching with Jeff at Evergreen Middle. Rest In Peace, Jeff.

  16. Rhonda Dern says:

    Oh Georgine,
    I am so sorry. My kids will be so sad to hear about Jeff dying as well.
    Sending all of my love,
    rhonda dern

  17. McFadden, Bob and Carla says:

    We were both shocked and saddened to read about Jeff in the Canyon Courier.
    He was an outstanding educator. The students learned a lot from him and
    enjoyed his classes. I enjoyed being a colleague of his at Evergreen Middle
    and later being a substitute teacher for him. We shared common interests
    in Lionel Trains, science, and coffee. Jeff will be greatly missed by teachers,
    students, and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please let us know how we can help in any way.

  18. Dianne says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences and may you find comfort in God’s Word at Philippians 4:6,7.