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Born: May 15, 1941

Date of Passing: Aug 23, 2018

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DR. GERARD FRANCIS MCCARTHY May 15, 1941 - August 23, 2018 Dr. Gerard McCarthy passed away peacefully with his family at his side on August 23, 2018. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at St. John Brebeuf Church, 1707 John Brebeuf Place, Winnipeg, MB. A longer obituary will follow. LECLAIRE BROTHERS 475 Provencher Blvd., in care of arrangements, 204-775-2220

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 25, 2018

Condolences & Memories (34 entries)

  • Condolences to Dr. McCarthy's family. He was a very well known and highly respected doctor. I met Dr. McCarthy when he worked out of the Boyd Building, I went to see my GP because I was pregnant, he said I'll take you across the hall to Dr. McCarthy, I took a seat in the waiting room and it was full, I still remember I waited for 3 hours, but it turned out to be the best 3 hours I ever waited, those 3 hours were the beginning of a 24 year long doctor patient relationship. He delivered my last two children, he saved my daughter's life. He also delivered my two beautiful granddaughters. Dr. McCarthy also did my hysterectomy. He stopped by every evening before he was leaving to check on me, I remember before my surgery I was quite nervous, he simply held my hand and assured me that everything would be fine. I am eternally grateful to Dr. McCarthy and all he has done for me and my family, there will never be another like him, he was definitely one of a kind. He was a kind, caring, dedicated man and will be forever missed by all who had the the pleasure of having crossed paths with such an amazing and professional Doctor. RIP Dr McCarthy ❤ - Posted by: Heather Will (Patient ) on: Sep 04, 2018

  • An era has ended. Our sincerest condolences to Family and many many friends, patients and colleagues. It has been an honour to work with Dr McCarthy, his reassuring voice and support in many a wee hours throughout our collective years will forever be remembered. Nurses, Bloodvein Nursing Station - Posted by: Bloodvein Nursing Station (Colleagues ) on: Aug 30, 2018

  • Dr. McCarthy there is no words to express the grief we feel at the loss of our friend and colleague. I always said it will be a sad day in northern Manitoba the day you retire but now you're gone. We could always count on you for your expertise, advise and support. No matter what time of day or night you were there to answer our calls. And I'm sure I speak for all the northern nurses who have had the honor to work with you. You were one of a kind and you certainly earned your rest. RIP to the greatest doc of our time. Christina Carpenter RN - Posted by: Christina Carpenter (Coworker northern nursing stations) on: Aug 30, 2018

  • It is with such saddness I hear of the passing of your beloved husband, father, grandfather. I had the great pleasure of working with Dr. McCarthy. The memories, and stories of this relationship, I shall always hold dear. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. - Posted by: Louise Orr (Colleague) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • I met Dr. Mccarthy once, but it was the most important and meaningful meeting of my life. I had been in labor for over 34 hours and had more than 4 OB Dr.s caring for me. They had tried everything they knew to help deliver my baby, but to no avail. Thankfully it was the start to Dr. Mccarthy's shift and he came to see me. He didn't hesitate began directing the staff on what to do. Before we knew it I delivered a healthy baby as a result of his expertise. I was informed after the fact that things could have gone very wrong. I will be forever grateful to him for walking into my room that day and applying his years of experience in a situation like mine. And yes he knew how to handle those forceps. A fine person has left this world. He will be remembered by all those people whose life he has been a part of. - Posted by: Louise Hedman (Patient) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • Years ago in the northern nursing stations it was not uncommon for the nurses to get together and share meals with the "visiting" doctors. I will always remember Dr. McCarthy mentioning the "lack" of lamb in my "Irish stew" (made from a Canadian recipe) but tucking in none the less. He was quick to make us laugh and would always offer praise and positive comments in the daily work environment and in challenging situations. He was a wonderful, gentle man who will be greatly missed by all. - Posted by: Paula Cousins (Clendinning) RN (EC) (co-worker) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • I truly loved working with Dr. McCarthy. He had that sixth sense that we all trusted without a doubt. He showed every single one of his patients love and respect, and they loved him for it. He was always there to lend a hand in a difficult delivery and handled forceps like no one else. His absolute passion for his career, his patients, the babies, inspired so many of us to love it too. A part of our labor floor family is forever missing and won't be the same without him. Much love and condolences to his family as they mourn the loss of a man larger than life. Rest in peace. - Posted by: Kristen Roseen (Nurse, Labor and Delivery) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • I worked with "McCarthy" for many many years at the Misericordia Hospital Labour and Delivery unit. He also delivered both of my children and my grandson. He was extremely skilled and always available in times of crisis. Many times I found myself in a very difficult obstetrical situation and in the loneliness of a case room would call out "McCarthy" and with immense relief and gratitude he would appear. He is greatly missed for his dedication, humour, compassion and reliance! He was the closest thing to a saint I have ever met on this earth. RIP. - Posted by: Sue Pearn (Labour room nurse) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • I met Dr McCarthy in 2017 when I had a miscarriage and needed to have an emergency evacuation, he did my d/c and told me to wait at least 3 months before trying again. I took in after 5 months and saw him throughout my pregnancy. Dr McCarthy took me like his own daughter and even provided me with his personal cell phone number to call him anytime. I had my son in the midnight and I remember him saying to me Rachel I want to deliver your baby before I retire, he came from his house in the midnight and delivered my son, he came to see me the next day at the hospital. Dr McCarthy found a paediatrician for my son even when the doctor told him she was full and was not accepting newborn. Dr McCarthy will tell his office assistant to call me when I miss my appointment with him. He was a father, friend and my personal comedian. He has got great sense of humor, he advised me to be on birth control saying Rachel you are gonna get pregnant again, he said to me you don't have to pay for it I have some samples I can give you one. Considering that I was young and my body need to rest. I love you Dr McCarthy and I am proud to be associated with you. I bless God that I met you. Sleep on sweet daddy. I love you so dearly. - Posted by: Rachel King (Patient) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • Condolences to the family. Dr. McCarthy was my doctor for many years. He delivered both my children. He was a big, kind gentleman. I remember when I was so overdue with my daughter, he held my hand in the hospital while I cried. - Posted by: Margaret (Patient ) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • When I heard of Doctor McCarthy’s passing I was filled with grief and tears. He meant a lot to me as well as many others. He consoled me and my husband when we lost our first child, and was there to deliver my next two. I can still hear that Irish voice saying “now you have your baby”. My thoughts are with his family. ❤️ - Posted by: Jennifer Leeming (Patient ) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • Dr Mccarthy truly was one of the best obgyns I had. He was my obgyns for my first daughter 10 years ago I naturally had lots of questions. He was more then happy to answer, he was so awesome. He was my obgyns for my fourth and youngest baby. When there was a concern for down syndrome on ultrasound, he was so very reassuring and he did such a great job both pregnancies. He really knew his stuff, he even did my tubal ligation. He never asked if I was sure bout it just booked me right in. I will truly miss him he was a great doctor, but now heavens angel has returned. My condolences to his family, may he rest in peace. - Posted by: Sherisse (Patient ) on: Aug 27, 2018

  • Dr. McCarthy was a really wonderful obstetrician and one of the kindest men I’ve known. He cared for his patient in ways that were ‘well’ beyond the call of duty. I will share a memory about his caring and committed that astounds me to this day. I was a family doctor working in a northern nursing station. One day when Dr. McCarthy was at the nursing station we had a call from the local airport that a woman arrived on a flight and was in hard labour. It was at the time of the ice breakup so there was no access to the airport other than by skidoo across the semi-frozen ice or by helicopter. Because there was open water for at least ten yards from the shore to the ice it was really dangerous to attempt the crossing. And, there was no time to get a helicopter. Dr. McCarthy, jumped on a skidoo behind the driver and they raced across the ice landing in shallow water just on the edge of the land. He then raced up the hill to the airport and delivered that baby. Mom and child were just fine. Dr. McCarthy will be missed by many. I was so enamoure with his clinical skill, intuition and kindness that when my daughter needed an obstetrician in 1991, I sent her to him. Lucky me - I got to be an extra person in the caseroom where he delivered my granddaughter. My condolences to Dr. McCarthy’s family. He was a remarkable man. - Posted by: Judith Bartlett (Northern colleague) on: Aug 27, 2018

  • I was a 4th year medical student in the late 1980's doing a rotation on the obstetrical ward @ HSC. Whenever I saw Dr. McCarthy I felt he was a kind of scary gruff no nonsense kind of doctor. A patient I was assigned to was brought to the labor room to deliver her baby and I came to observe the delivery. He was the attending doctor. He looked at me as the delivery was starting and he stood back waiting for me to take over the delivery. I did (my first ever) and all went well and I still remember what he said "Good job!!!!" with a smile and so much warmth and enthusiasm that I never had from any other teacher! I have never forgotten that experience nor that wonderful man to this day. After that whenever I saw him I could see what a compassionate dedicated doctor he really was. A teddy bear in wolf's clothing I always said after that and I related that story many times to other colleagues over the years. What a loss to our medical community. I am so sad to hear of his passing. - Posted by: Dr. Judy Komosky (former medical student) on: Aug 27, 2018

  • Dr McCarthy was such a wonderful man. I had the privilege and pleasure to work with him. My deepest sympathy to his family. He will be missed - Posted by: Daria Didkowski (Coworker ) on: Aug 27, 2018

  • Ahhh Dr McCarthy...what can I say to the man that saved myself and my daughter Primrose in 2016. When I was screaming we were going to die, you calmly told me “you aren’t going to die, now can someone tell me the soccer score”. After a hectic emergency c section you came to see me and told me “ see you didn’t die and she didn’t either- but that soccer game sure was a real loss” and shuffled away. You have given most of Manitoba it’s daughters and sons, wives and husbands, grandchildren and mothers...probably at the expense of your own well being. No amount of thanks or appreciation can touch what you have given us and given back. Know you are missed, and the good my daughter will do and life she will lead is because of you. Know I was able to continue to be a wife and mother because of you . Know that this world is less without you, but your golden forceps are needed somewhere else now..Forever loved and always remembered - Posted by: Melissa Bailes (Patient) on: Aug 27, 2018

  • I had the privilege and honor of working with Dr. McCarthy for many years on the postpartum unit of St. Boniface Hospital. The man was nothing less then brilliant. He is known through out the province of Manitoba and is a true legend in his field. Kind, caring, loving, down to business and no nonsense. He worked so very hard to ensure his moms were safe and healthy in every way, in the hospital and at home. Dr. McCarty you will be missed and my thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. May God hold you in the palm of his hand. - Posted by: Erin Marshall (Co-worker) on: Aug 27, 2018

  • My condolences to his family he was a great doctor who delivered me 40 years ago. He also delivered my 8 boys, he surely was the best. I'm glad to have know him thanks.May you rest in peace until we meet again. - Posted by: Thomasina Guiboche (patient) on: Aug 27, 2018

  • Dr. G McCarthy had so much Respect at work for his gentle, and thoughtful manner that he displayed with each and everyone of his patients. When he felt the need that they should be admitted, there was no stopping him in accomplishing this. I will miss his quirky smile, especially when he didn't want you to know that he was really smiling :) I will miss his humor, and I will very much miss one of the Best Old School Physicians that I knew in my 39 years of working at St. Boniface hospital. - Posted by: Pauline Pellack (Sr. Patient Registration Clerk worked with him. ) on: Aug 27, 2018

  • I am so saddened to hear of Dr. McCarthy's passing. He was incredibly kind to me after my first son was stillborn at full term and saw me through my next two pregnancies, which were emotionally difficult. I will never forget his compassion, patience and kindness. My deepest sympathies to his family. He was one of the good ones. - Posted by: Monique Rajotte (Patient) on: Aug 27, 2018

  • Dr. McCarthy was such an interesting man. When I once told him how his young resident doctors spoke so highly of him, he got very modest and a bit uncomfortable about that praise. A truly modest old school doctor who apparently had “golden hands” when it came to delivering babies in often difficult circumstances. After that encounter, he just usually spoke only to my sidekick Rusty, a hospital therapy dog, whom he seemed to really enjoy 😀🐕 - Posted by: George Ames (Hospital volunteer) on: Aug 27, 2018

  • I knew Dr. McCarthy when I was a young nursing student and later as a professional colleague. He was a true character we all loved and his expertise was legendary. - Posted by: Terri Ashcroft RN (Colleague) on: Aug 26, 2018

  • Dr. McCarthy was one of a kind. Wishing his family condolences. 🙏🏼 May he rest in peace - Posted by: Chantel (Former employee) on: Aug 26, 2018

  • I'm sorry for the loss, this doctor delivered me .. my babies and grandbabies, I always think of him as my dad he's now our guardian angel watching over us. Till we meet again, you will be missed, we all love you. - Posted by: lena mcdougall (family / doctor ) on: Aug 26, 2018

  • On March 25, 2016 our little Emily entered this world with the help and expertise of this wonderful Doctor! We were told by one of the doctors working with him that Dr. MCCarthy had an inclination when something wasn't quite right. Well, long story short, Dr. MCCARTHY had a sense that something wasn't quite right and our Emily was delivered five weeks early due to complications. Had it not been for him our Emily may not be here today! You could tell how much he loved his job and how important his patients were to him! He would take the time to get to know you, to ask you questions and to help you in any way he could. To the family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss and the pain you all must be feeling! Please take comfort in knowing that so many people are grateful and so thankful for all he has done! He truly brought so much love and joy to so many families by helping bring their little ones into this world! What a wonderful feeling that must have been for him!! Rip Dr. MCCARTHY .... You will be remembered by so many! - Posted by: Melissa, Neil and Emily Masesar (patient) on: Aug 25, 2018

  • I first met Dr McCarthy when I was expecting my 1st daughter, after that he delivered my twin daughters and final daughter in 1990. I'm so proud to say that he also delivered nearly half of my 12 grandchildren. Dr McCarthy was a patient, understanding and kind man, he was a gentle soul who made it comforting and relaxing even in the hardest moments of childbirth. RIP Dr. McCarthy - Posted by: Vera Houle (Patient of 37 years ) on: Aug 25, 2018

  • Dr. McCarthy is a true Icon to the Obstetrical Program at St. Boniface Hospital and throughout the entire Northern Region. He will be truly missed. It was a pleasure working with him. His kindness will not be forgotten. Dr. McCarthy made a point of knowing everyone's name and remembering details. He was an amazing and knowledgeable doctor.....a True Legend!! My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. - Posted by: Lisa Shepherd (Co-Worker) on: Aug 25, 2018

  • A huge loss to our community. Thank you Sir for all of your years of service and teaching. Our condolences to the McCarthy family. - Posted by: Paul Manuel (Former student, trainee, colleague) on: Aug 25, 2018

  • Dr McCarthy was a kind, genuine man with a lovely sense of humor. My condolences go out to the family, he will be missed by many. - Posted by: Kirrily Miller (Patient) on: Aug 25, 2018

  • Dr. McCarthy was a very knowledgeable, caring and professional physician. He was the doctor on call when our second son was born. The resident that day came and did an exam and said that our baby was breach. You can imagine how disconcerting that news was. But when Dr. McCarthy came and heard what the resident had said he decided he would do the exam himself. He assured us that the baby was not breach and that everything was coming along just fine. Then left the room and closed the door, but you could hear him giving the resident “what for” for worrying us that way! The delivery went very smoothly and our second son was born at 0137 a.m., normal delivery, 7lbs, 12oz May 1989. We were very thankful to him that day, and for his very wonderful, caring ways as our OB/GYN for my subsequent pregnancy too. - Posted by: Laura Campbell (Patient ) on: Aug 25, 2018

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Dr McCarthy was a father figure to me. It brought a smile to my face every time he would hold my hand and call me “wee Lori”. W spent much time together as I taught him how to use the hospital’s computer charting and he was always so appreciative that I sat by his side helping him through it. He has made such an impact Manitoba wise and will be sadly missed by so many. - Posted by: Lori Fleetwood (Former L&D nurse) on: Aug 25, 2018

  • I was so very sad to hear of Dr.McCarthy's passing. A great loss. I've had the great privilege and honour to have worked with and learned from a man who, I've always felt, was "chosen" to do obstetrics. He was extraordinarily talented and I treasure having been able to be witness to and the receiver of his great kindness and wit. I am so glad that I was able to attend his recent retirement and reconnect. My thoughts and prayers are with you Marie and your family. I'll miss those twinkling eyes and infectious smile, especially when he was speaking of you. Gail Dayton - Posted by: Gail Dayton (Past nurse at St. Boniface L&D) on: Aug 25, 2018

  • I was one of Doctor McCarthy's Patients and My heart is filled with deepest Saddness because the World has just lost one of the greatest and most kindness man ever who would bend over backwards to the moon and back to help anyone in need. He was such an amazing Man in the years I got to know him as He delivered my now three year old Son. My heart goes out to His Wife and His Children and their families at this difficult time. - Posted by: Joanne Smith (Patient) on: Aug 25, 2018

  • Dr McCarthy was a legend. He was an amazing man with a gruff exterior and a heart of gold. He personified what a doctor should be. He was a loving caring man who has left a huge mark and gigantic hole with his passing. He will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by so many. Dia luas (godspeed)Dr. McCarthy. Rest well. Your job here is done...always remembered Eileen Huggins - Posted by: Eileen Huggins (co worker) on: Aug 25, 2018

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