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Bill McCarthy

July 7, 1956 - May 15, 2017

William J. McCarthy III left this world on Monday, May 15, 2017, after his courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Bill was born on July 7, 1956, in Youngstown, OH, the son of William Joseph Jr., and Phyllis Stratford McCarthy. Bill received his doctorate degree from Boston University and was an Associate Professor in the History Department at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Bill was an avid traveler. Portugal, Paris, Hawaii, and Bali were among his favorite destinations. He loved traveling with friends and students and meeting people along the way. He never failed to bring back mementos of his travels for his loved ones. He was cherished and admired by all. His wit, charisma, and style will carry on in everyone’s memory.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include: wife, Donna Diebold McCarthy, and sons, Jordan and Rowan McCarthy; sisters, Kathleen McCarthy and husband Craig Perry; Karen Kus and husband Don; Colleen Doyle and husband Andy; brother, Patrick McCarthy and wife Patricia Verstreken; nieces, Emily and Kate Kus, and Marion McCarthy; nephews, Patrick and Jackson Doyle, and Noah McCarthy. He is survived as well by many special aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Memorial 11:30 AM Thursday May 18, 2017 St. Jude Metropolitan Community Church 19 N. 26th Street Wilmington, NC.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to National Public Radio.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.

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