Joseph M. McCarthy
It is with deep sadness that the family of Retired Police Chief Joseph M. McCarthy
announces his passing (July 28, 1925 to August 28, 2017). Chief McCarthy was born in Jersey City
and moved to Middletown at an early age and graduated from the Middletown School system in 1943.
He served in the United States Army during World War II in Army Intelligence, and was
Honorably discharged in 1946. He joined the Middletown Township Police Department in 1954
and quickly rose through the ranks being promoted to Detective Sergeant in 1957,
Lieutenant in 1959, Captain of Detectives in 1965 and was promoted to the rank of
Chief of Police in 1967 and served in that position until his retirement in 1990.
Chief McCarthy was a legendary figure in the law enforcement profession,
and a leading member in the community. He dedicated his life to public service and
worked tirelessly on behalf of the community he loved so dearly. He was a transformational
leader and a prolific visionary who modernized the police department and built it into a
highly respected professional agency. He championed many charitable causes and was a
founding member of the Port Monmouth First Aid Squad, a member of the Port Monmouth Fire Co.,
The Middletown Historical society, The Boys Club, Middletown Helps Its Own, and many
other civic organizations.
During his illustrious career Chief McCarthy received numerous awards and commendations
for his service, some of which include the “Valor Award”, “the J. Edgar Hoover Gold Medal Citation”,
“Outstanding Public Servant”, “Man of The Year”, “Citizen of the Year” and he was recognized by
The President of the United States for his work in support of POW’s. Chief McCarthy was a truly
remarkable individual and one of the most influential people of his time. He leaves behind an amazing
legacy of achievements and good will, and he will be deeply missed by all he who knew him.
Chief McCarthy is survived by his loving wife Kate of 72 years, along with his sons Joseph
and his wife Kathy, Dennis, his grandchildren Colleen, Brian, Katie, Joseph and Sierra. In addition
9 great grandchildren. Our family wants to thank our cousins Paulette and Bernadette for their
unending care and help.
Visitation will be held Thursday, August 31, 2017, 4-8 pm at Mary Mother of God Church, 19 Cherry Tree Farm Rd., Middletown. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, September 1, 2017 at 8 am at Mary Mother of God Church. A Funeral Liturgy will follow at 9:15 am at Mary Mother of God Church, 19 Cherry Tree Farm Rd., New Monmouth. Burial will follow at Fair View Cemetery, Middletown.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Joseph’s name to the Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belford Rd, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256