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DR. GERARD MCCARTHY

Date of Passing: Aug 23, 2018

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DR. GERARD MCCARTHY Peacefully, with his family at his side, Dr. Gerard McCarthy passed away on August 23, 2018. Dr. Gerard McCarthy was predeceased by his sister Pauline, and his brother Sean. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Marie; his daughters, Rachel (Jan) and Fiona; son Brendan (Megan); his grandchildren, Kyra, Seamus, Nola and Declan; his brothers, Danny (Mary) and Canice (Sally); and his many nieces and nephews. Gerry was born in the small village of Portaferry, County Down, Northern Ireland. He was named by his mother Jane and father William after Saint Gerard the Patron Saint of Motherhood and Childbirth. He was sent early to school at the age of three in order to help his older brother Sean who had physical disabilities. At the age of 10, by himself, he went to boarding school at St. Malachy's College, Belfast where the loneliness he experienced shaped how he cherished his family and friends throughout his life. During this time, he loved both playing and watching sports including basketball, hurling and other gaelic sports. The reading of literature was not encouraged at school which he disagreed with later in life and he became an avid reader of all types of literature from Irish poets to history, politics and religion. His many bookshelves overfilled with books attest to his love of reading. He went to Queen's University, Belfast initially as a Sciences student but at the urging of his sister Pauline transferred to Medicine. In medicine he found a true passion and purpose. He graduated from the School of Medicine in 1964. He worked as a houseman and Registrar at the Mater Hospital in Belfast and found his gift in Obstetrics. He completed his exams in Obstetrics in 1969. During this time, at one of the many Nurse and Registrar dances he met the true love of his life, Marie Gavin, who was also a nurse at the Mater Hospital. They married in 1969 and for 49 years of marriage she always took care of him and he always took care of her. Marie contributed to their success by ensuring his family and home were well looked after. In 1970, he worked in Ballymena, County Antrim where his two daughters, Rachel and Fiona, were born. Due to a lack of jobs for obstetricians he then emigrated from Northern Ireland to Canada at the urging of Dr. Rolston. Dr. McCarthy and his family moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba and after a few months of internship completed his Canadian Medical exams and went into practice at the Mall Medical Clinic. His son, Brendan was born in 1974 in Winnipeg. His Obstetrical career was committed to ensuring the best possible care for all of his patients. He was deeply committed to the care of the Northern Medical Communities which he visited for his entire career. 'Up North' he would take helicopters, boats, skidoo's and hovercrafts to see his patients at the nursing stations. He felt a kinship with these communities from his experiences in Northern Ireland and understood the many obstacles his patients had in their lives. He treated his patients like family and had an uncanny ability to remember the names and children of all the generations of patients he delivered. He provided his patients with his personal cellphone number and he would answer their questions at any time of the night. He was more than a doctor to many of his patients - he provided a safe place and was a friend, consoler and social worker. Dr. McCarthy was, to be modest, an excellent obstetrician. He had a sixth sense when it came to childbirth and was famously known for his skills with the Kielland forceps. His skills in labour and delivery are legendary in Manitoba. The number of woman and children he ensured were safely delivered is a testament to his skills and his stamina. He could be anywhere and have a woman come to him with their, now older child, still thanking him for what he had done years earlier. Dr. McCarthy's legacy in obstetrics in Manitoba will be ensured by not only the patients he took care of but by all the obstetricians he taught and mentored over the 47 years he worked. While Gerry left Ireland physically he never left his hometown Portaferry emotionally. He was unmistakably Irish and would quote Irish poetry and history and read the Irish times newspaper to be up to date on all things going on in Ireland. He fondly remembered all the characters and people he knew there and would always go back to Ireland whenever he could to see his friends and family. Many people considered Gerry a friend and he loved his friends dearly. He might be late because he was delivering a baby, but he always tried to arrive to friends' events to show his support and friendship. If someone was in the hospital or if someone had passed away he would want to immediately visit to show support. 'Bubba', as he was affectionately known as by his grandchildren, loved his family immensely. He told his wife Marie that he loved her many times a day. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren. All of his family will deeply miss him. The family of Dr. McCarthy would like to thank all the staff at St. Boniface General Hospital who took exceptionally compassionate care of him during his final days. We know how difficult it can be to take care of someone many at the hospital knew so well. We would also like to thank Dr. Riz Manji for all his kind words that were needed during a difficult time and Teresa Rostek, Nicole Gobeil and all the nurses who took the extra time to ensure we, as a family, knew he was safe and comfortable in the Intensive Care Cardiac Sciences (ICCS). Words of Remembrance will be said at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at St. John Brebeuf Church, 1707 John Brebeuf Place, Winnipeg, MB. The Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 a.m. with Father Wayne Morrissey presiding. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Indigenous Women's Healing Centre, Canadian Diabetes Association or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. LECLAIRE BROTHERS 475 Provencher Blvd., in care of arrangements, 204-775-2220

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 28, 2018

Condolences & Memories (91 entries)

  • I met Dr McCarthy at one of the Northern nursing stations he visited. I assisted him with his clinic there watching him work tirelessly all day into the evening. His demeanour with the clients was compassionate always asking if they were eating well. I learned so much from him and during clinic, would get him some Coca-Cola in a mug to disguise it as coffee. He also always loved his ‘spuds’ at dinner. He was an excellent obstetrician and a fine human being. My sincerest condolences to his family. He touched so many lives in a positive way and will be sorely missed. - Posted by: Barbara Greiss (Former colleague ) on: Jul 20, 2021

  • A few days ago, I don't know why Dr. McCarthy is on my mind. I'm thinking about him, how is he doing right now in this pandemic situation. So I decided to browse his name and found out he passed away August 2018.. my condolences to the family of Dr. Gérard McCarthy. - Posted by: Jing (Patient ) on: Jun 09, 2021

  • A great compassionate doctor... a wonderful caring person... the world is left saddened that you are gone.... Everyone who had him in their lives knows what they have lost... but memories fill our hearts and minds so he lives on! Thank you for all the years you gave to us! - Posted by: Esther (Patient) on: Oct 08, 2019

  • Just found out yesterday that Dr. McCarthy passed away. He delivered all my children. Always took Saturday appointments with him if available as usually no wait time as he was so busy during the week. I remember his passion for all his patients and a strong love for the indigenous community. He was a decent human being of which we the world needs more of. He was a compassionate person with a dry sense of humour and a honesty that is seldom found. His family is and should be so proud of him! He was such a good OBGYN and an amazing human being. RIP Doc! Our daughters will miss the opportunity of having an amazing Doc take care of them! - Posted by: Cathy (Patient) on: Aug 16, 2019

  • Dr. McCarthy was a loving and gentle, caring doctor. He always had a smile on his face. I will miss him - he delivered all my kids. We're going to miss him. RIP - Posted by: Louisa McKay (Patient) on: Jul 25, 2019

  • Thank you so much for saving my life and the life of my child, and for taking such great care of my best friend (sister) You are the reason why all three of us are still here. I will never forget seeing you at the end of my hospital bed after successfully saving our lives, you gave everything you had to save us, and that was evident when I looked over and saw you sitting in a chair completely exhausted, just long enough to recharge, get up and go help someone else. I can only hope that the love and joy that you had for your family continues to shine down on them every day that they think of you. - Posted by: A Mondor (Patient) on: Jun 04, 2019

  • RIP and thank you! - Posted by: Wasserman Marian(Mike) and Grace (Grazyna) (Dr / patient ) on: Jan 27, 2019

  • R.I.P. A true legend. - Posted by: Raman Benipal (Patient) on: Jan 12, 2019

  • I will never forget Dr. McCarthy. He was a passionate man who cared deeply. It shocked me to hear of his passing. I’m so sorry to his family and close friends. I must have been a difficult patient for him, as I wanted to deliver my baby naturally and he didn’t agree because of my previous cesareans, but he didn’t give up on me. I was one of these patients that was with him right before his retirement and he had a tough time retiring, he cared so much. - Posted by: Sandra Hofer (Patient ) on: Nov 22, 2018

  • I may be one of the few to say Dr. McCarthy was NOT my doctor! However, when my first baby started to come 5 weeks early, and after a day being occasionally observed in the labour and delivery area, the situation suddenly became critical, and Dr. McCarthy "happened" to be the nearest doctor. He told my husband to be prepared - it may have to be a C-section, because it was imperative that this baby be born quickly. It ended up being a forceps delivery, and after, as I was in recovery, I heard 2 nurses talking about my delivery, saying "did you see what a nice forceps delivery Dr. McCarthy did here?" So he became my doctor for a night, and we have always been grateful and believe God sent him for that purpose on November 5, 1992, to deliver Savannah Joy. Condolences to your family. - Posted by: Lucy van Dongen (passing acquaintance) on: Nov 19, 2018

  • My sincere condolences to Dr. McCarthy’s family. He was my Obstetrician during my two pregnancies. Although he was away at times and in the north helping others who needed it most, he gave me his cell phone # so I could call him If I had any concerns. I remember him saying that if my health conditions ever returned again I should see him and he was right. After 15 years my health condition turned bad again. My family physician just retired and I had no referral. Dr. McCarthy was kind enough to see me the following day and book an emergency surgery after a few days. It took me 2 months to recover. I thank God for granting me a kind and compassionate Dr. There's no replacement for him and if ever, It will be too hard to find another person like Dr McCarthy. THANK YOU! Dr. Gerard McCarthy. Rest in peace together with the little angel in heaven. - Posted by: angela (patient) on: Oct 05, 2018

  • My heart as been with his family, I can feel the deep loss. He succeeded with my last 3 surgeries last Dec .The first went well,took 45 mins. But something went wrong and rushed back into surgery,where Dr McCarthy performed a 5hr and 45 min surgery to save my life. I flat-lined twice on him, but he never gave up. He was my Dr. my family friend for 30 years.Saved my last 2 babies,born at 30 and 31 weeks.He was the only one there for me through out the years.My own heart is still broken.I talked to him about a week before his passing on the cell from BC. His last words were so filled with concern,for I left to come back home to heal and recover. But found myself getting ill and feeling lost.He said "Elaine...come back home and see me." Was on my way back but now.I believe his office will find someone in BC to finish Dr. McCarthy"s work on me.I thank the LORD for bringing him into all our lives. A True Honorable WhiteWolf of Ireland. Many prayers sent to the McCarthy Family ..E.Hope,Morrisseau - Posted by: Elaine Hope Morrisseau (30 yrs being his patient) on: Sep 29, 2018

  • I just learned today that Dr. McCarthy had died and was so sad to hear of it. My father Ian Morrison worked with Dr. McCarthy. my Mom ( Margaret) and my Dad adored both Gerry & Marie. And growing up my sister & I loved hearing stories about Gerry and his escapades. His personality was larger than life and clearly he is legendary both professionally and personally. My Mum & Dad both died in 2013 and had they been alive they would be absolutely shattered by this news. My condolences to Marie and family because i cannot imagine such a void this wonderful man has left in your lives. - Posted by: Stella Morrison (Daughter of one of his friends) on: Sep 19, 2018

  • I have a professional and personal story to share with the family - I am the Director at Villa Rosa in Winnipeg and for many years Dr McCarthy would come and see the young women and girls who lived here and assist them through their pregnancies and births. He was a great friend to our organization and showed such compassion and gentleness with a vulnerable population of young women. Personally, he was the OB on call when I went into a very quick labour with my first child and when my husband phoned to say that we weren't sure what to do as my contractions had started at 1 minute apart and he said (with his wonderful accent) "Good God, Man, what do you think it is?! Bring her in!!" We have laughed at that memory many times since! - Posted by: Kathy Strachan (patient) on: Sep 07, 2018

  • Today I was sharing stories of Gerry, from my days as an anesthesiologist at SBGH, only to learn that he had recently died. I am devastated. He delivered all of my own children and likely saved the life of one of them. I had enormous respect for his abilities as an obstetrician, but even more for his compassion and dedication to his patients. He was a wonderful man to spend time with. He had a great sense of humor and was a delight to tease. I shall miss him terribly. - Posted by: Greg Doak (Colleague and friend. ) on: Sep 06, 2018

  • I was referred to Dr. McCarthy by my family physician and he was there through my two pregnancies. Being an "elderly primigravida" (first pregnancy after age of 35), he was definitely the obstetrician for me. Our daughter was born after an induced labour because he was worried about amniotic fluid levels. After a long labour, he showed up to observe the resident with the final stages, shook my husband's hands and off he went. Hey, what about me, I thought! Pregnancy number two was twins, so of course, there was no choice but to have him as my doctor again. When we met up in his office, he thought it was important to let me know that my life would change forever!! I spent some time in the antepartum ward due to rising blood pressure levels closer to the due date, which was right before Christmas. He came by with several medical students on one of the rounds, and started asking them questions about my potential medical condition - they didn't immediately answer, so I started answering. He told me to hush, as they were expected to answer. For a gift, the nurses had given him a pair of red satin boxer shorts which he sported over his scrubs on one of the rounds. He was very busy, but you knew he cared and cared about the health of the mother as well as the babies. My condolences to his family. His gift to the health of women in this province was huge-he will be missed! - Posted by: Brigitte Wiebe (Former patient) on: Sep 06, 2018

  • I just want to express my condolences to the friends and family of Dr. McCarthy. You should be so very proud to know him. What a great man and truly compassionate Doctor. After having lost my sister (through a difficult pregnancy of her own) I was very anxious when my and my baby's life was in jeopardy. We were sent to St. Boniface and Dr. McCarthy was my doctor during my stay. He made me feel like me and my unborn child really mattered. When the anesthesia, for my emergency surgery, they didnt completely numb me, he took command of the situation making sure I was heard and taken care of. He is the reason we are alive today. I will never forget him and that experience! Sara - Posted by: Sara Harder (Patient) on: Sep 03, 2018

  • Christian sympathy to the family. We only knew Brendan who stayed in our home in Flin Flon in I think 2002. God's blessing upon you all. - Posted by: Carol Seburn (Friend) on: Sep 02, 2018

  • As we would say here in Tanzania, Africa ... pole sana sana - which means we are so so sorry for your loss, we feel your pain, we are with you. It is a beautiful word for many meanings that come together with many of life's sorrows or circumstances. I am among many who experienced this legend of a Doctor in Manitoba who had a child delivered by him. My first pregnancy with our son Cyprian was at St. Boniface with Dr. McCarthy & Dr. Glen Benoit trying to discern what to do with a very sick me - toxic and 5 wks early with a delivery and a son with lung damage. The goal was to save my life of course, hoping for another pregnancy in the future. Dr. Nigel MacDonald is a close friend and pediatrician who retired who still cheers our son on. He is 32 yrs old tomorrow and is an electrical engineer and traveling the world married to a lovely young woman this past May. Dr. McCarthy also delivered my 3rd child - a daughter named Reyna and told me he would be at Misericordia that night if I wanted him to deliver her. Of course I wanted him and followed him to where he would be. We have a middle daughter as well who was delivered by Dr. Lee. I was told I would never have another child after Cyprian and especially not in Africa. That part I believed, but never gave up hope. Cyprian lived at St. Boniface in the special care unit for a long time and if I ever saw Dr. McCarthy in the hallway, I would yell for everyone to hear "There is the wonderful man who brought my son into the world!" I would walk up to him and hug him and thank him again and again. People would smile seeing me doing this. He saved my son's life and mine as well. His compassion and deep concern watching me so ill as I came into emergency is something I will never forget. I won't forget his face and his pacing or thinking of what to do with me. :) Today, I am aching for you Marie and your precious family. You have all made many sacrifices to see your husband/father pursue a profession that demanded much of his time/skill/energy. You all cheered him on knowing that he loved what he did, and worked with a heart full of compassion for people. I so wish I could have been at his memorial on Friday but we live in Tanzania, Africa. We hope you were encouraged by the support of many as you bid farewell to him. May God's comfort continue to overflow and may He sustain you as you ache & long for his presence. May the many memories you created as a family guard/keep you and cause his legacy to live on through your children/grandchildren. His story will live on through you all as he put good things into all of you as you did to him as well. Thanks for your faithfulness in allowing him to be dedicated to a career that served and helped so many others. We would love to welcome you to Africa some day if that is your families desire. We own a lodge here in Tanzania called Dashir Lodge & Safaris - www.dashirlodgeandsafaris.com It would be our great pleasure to host your family when the timing is right and take care of you all - giving a bit back to you for what your wonderful husband and father did for us. Upholding you all in prayer in the days to come... as well as the dark nights of the soul that long for him. Much love and aching with you - Shirley & Darryl Peters (Tanzania, Africa) - Posted by: Shirley Peters (Patient of Dr. McCarthy's) on: Sep 02, 2018

  • It was with sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Gerald McCarthy. I have known Dr. McCarthy for many, many years. He was the Ob/gyn doctor who cared for our Northern Manitoba patients. It was never a bad time to call him. Babies have a way of coming in the dead of night and us nurses took comfort in the knowledge that Dr. McCarthy was at the end of the phone line. He cared about his patients and the staff. He was a gentle giant and will never be forgotten. To his family I wish you comfort as you go through this trying time. I am retired and all the way in Jamaica but could not pass up the opportunity to pay my respect to a fine man. May his soul RIP. - Posted by: Sheila Bryan (Former collegue) on: Sep 01, 2018

  • Condolence to the family Of Dr. Gerard McCarthy. He delivered (C-section) both of my daughters at Saint B., I am very lucky to have a doctor who is caring, gentle, hardworking, compassionate and with a very big heart. I am eternally grateful for everything that he did for me and my children. You will be missed! Rest in peace Doctor! God Bless You! - Posted by: Maria T. Elefante (Patient) on: Aug 31, 2018

  • I will never forget Dr. McCarthy. He delivered my daughter 20 years ago by c-section. I send condolences and strength to his family. R.I.P Dr. McCarthy. - Posted by: Lori O'Neill (Patient) on: Aug 31, 2018

  • I wanted to offer my sincere condolences on the loss of Dr. McCarthy. He was my doctor from the age of 17. He had watched every single one of my pregnancies and was there for me when I almost died and sadly lost my son. He made it possible for my last two children to be born and supported me during it all. He was like a father to me during my visits and never judged any of my choices though at times he didn’t always agree. I am truly sad to hear of his passing and will keep his family in my prayers. Dr. McCarthy was a wonderful man and there is no doubt he will forever be missed. - Posted by: Krysta (Patient) on: Aug 31, 2018

  • Thank you, Dr. McCarthy, for taking such great care of my mom as she spent several months at the hospital during her pregnancy with me back in 1990. She was having such a difficult time, and so I feel like you saved her life and mine. My mom told me you had passed on and my eyes watered. I never knew you personally, but I can never thank you enough for all you have done for my mom. My deepest and sincere condolences to your wife and family. You are a legend. May you rest in paradise. - Posted by: Diana Bernardo (Patient ) on: Aug 31, 2018

  • Dr. McCarthy was my Obstetrician for three pregnancies. He was a very kind and caring doctor. Many years later he delivered my grandson. I remember vividly the day after delivering my first child chatting with Dr. McCarthy when he said, "Well, see you same time next year." We both had a good chuckle about that one. My sincere sympathy to all of his family. May God bless him and the family and may he rest in peace knowing what a credit he was to the community. - Posted by: Alyce Hnatiuk (Patient) on: Aug 31, 2018

  • I will never forget him!!! He delivered my first son but he was away on my 2nd one!!! He was the most gentle doc I have known! Very passionate, caring & dedicated to all the women that he took care of!!! Thank u for taking care of us!!! You will be missed! RIP Dr McCarthy! ❤️💕 Our sincere condolence to his family & friends - Posted by: Fhem Manansala (Patient) on: Aug 30, 2018

  • My deepest condolences! He was my OB and delivered all 4 of my children and we remember him dearly. We had a good connection as we both reflected on our Irish roots and history. As much as I know this province will truly miss him and his amazing skills, I am glad he will get some rest and peace. He was a humble and generous caregiver. Thoughts and hugs to the family! - Posted by: Kelly Courtney (Patient) on: Aug 30, 2018

  • I'm so sorry to hear of Dr. McCarthy's passing. He was my OBGYN for my daughter who was born in July, 2000. Dr. McCarthy was a very kind man who made me feel at ease. I was grateful that he was able to personally deliver my daughter....even though the nurses were mad at him for breaking my water! Apparently he did that quite a bit! lol If he hadn't have broken my water, he would have been out of town and not been there to help me bring my daughter into the world. Thank you, Dr. McCarthy and may God bless your lovely wife and family in this time of sorrow. - Posted by: Shannon Thompson (Former Patient) on: Aug 30, 2018

  • A passionate, fun loving and knowledgeable man who took the time to connect with his patients and colleagues. He could reassure the most alarmed patient with a gentle touch on the arm or forehead. He had a wonderful gift and shared it so generously with others. The best teacher and kindest person. Rest In Peace Sir. - Posted by: Larissa seredycz (Student / Colleague ) on: Aug 30, 2018

  • Dr. McCarthy wasn't my OB. However, he was the one who delivered our son in February 2018. Being 1st time parents, we didn't know what to expect. And emergency c-sectiom wasn't one of them. When our son's heart rate dropped for the 5th time, we were terrified. As I was getting prepped for surgery, a kind man leaned over to me and said "5 times is enough, we need to get him out, now." After, our son was born, I quickly kissed him and he was rushed to the NICU. I went to recovery, where Dr. McCarthy came to see how I was doing, then escorted my husband to see our son. He stayed with him and answered my husbands questions. When I was able enough to walk on my own to the NICU, I was with my son and heard a man's voice ask the nurse, "how's my baby?" He shuffled over to see our son, and assured me that he would be fine. He went on about his day and the nurses then told me that he had come every day to ask about "his baby". I know doctors ask how patients are doing, etc. But to come to the NICU and actually see the babies he delivered, is something I'll never forget. It shows his empathy, his character, his compassion. Rest peacefully Dr McCarthy, and thank you for delivering our son, and making sure we were both healthy and doing well. - Posted by: Melissa (Patient) on: Aug 30, 2018

  • As like many thousand of women in this province, Dr McCarthy delivered my fifth child. He was an amazing doctor who has forever touched my heart...💚For all the hours in the waiting room or forgotten in a room☺️ For another baby to arrive. One word.....AMAZING. 💖 You will dearly missed. - Posted by: Melanie (Patient ) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • Condolence to family of Dr.McCarthy. Dr McCarthy was a true gentleman I was young when I had my first born and he help me talked to me always made sure I was ok. My mother told me to go see him as he deliver my sister. He deliver my oldest son who is 37 and my youngest son 10. He was still the same a very caring man. Go rest high on that mountain Dr McCarthy your job here on earth is done. Prayer of comfort and strength to the family - Posted by: Denise Leask-Packo (Patient) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • He delivered my son who was frank breech by emergency c-section. He saved my son's life and mine as well. I am forever grateful. RIP Dr. McCarthy. - Posted by: Nicole (patient) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • Dr McCarthy was an inspiration as a professional and a super hero for a gentleman. Deepest condolences to his family and friends. - Posted by: Samantha (Colleague) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • Dear Dr. McCarthy, you helped me during my residency rotation, and later with my health, and as a colleague, and as a very warm and wise person. So many people met you and received your help, care, kindness. Thank you very much for all you did for all of us - Posted by: T. Gregoryanz (One of many students ) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • The tears came when I read this .... Dr MCCARTHY saved my life & I can’t begin to express how thankful I am to have had him take care of me. My husband used that personal phone # that he gave him more than once & he was right there to make sure I was ok. He was an amazingly talented, skillful, caring man & My heart goes out to his family.... - Posted by: Cory Encontre (Patient) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • No other words but thank you for being You. A great doctor. My condolences to the family.RIP Dr.McCarthy - Posted by: Myrna Malanik (a nurse and grandma of Nathan) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • May Dr McCarthy rip. He delivered both my boys. I was recommended to him and was told he was the best. I believe it with all the love and support I’m reading in the comments. My boys are now 18/16 both c-section delivered. I remember after my first one he came and visited me in my room and sat there changed my channel to golf and said he had a long day,lol. Then he told me about his life and how he went up north all the time. After my second c section he delivered my girlfriends twins the same day and made sure we were all in the same room after delivery. He was definitely a dedicated man and loved what he did. - Posted by: Alexis (Patient ) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • I met Dr. McCarthy as a medical student doing my obligatory rotation in obstetrics. I marveled at his brusque but competent demeanor in the OR (and was drenched with waves of amniotic fluid and ducked the odd flying instrument). I later witnessed his ability to take a ridiculously packed clinic and make time stand still with a patient that really needed the extra support. In residency I watched him attend a delivery in the middle of the night and doze off between contractions, somehow springing to action every time a contraction started. I spent a weekend on call with him where he delivered multiple generations of a family (mom, daughter and new grand baby). When I had my miscarriage in my residency it was Dr. McCarthy that shuffled into my room. He started offering me his condolences and then finally look up from the chart at me and suddenly stopped talking. He said "I know you". I replied that I was one of his students. He leaned forward and gave me a gentle punch on the shoulder. I knew I was in good hands. After that, anytime I ran into him in the halls, he never failed to say "hello". I was a bit awestruck by him (as if your neighbor was famous and every time they said "good morning" you get a bit tongue tied). His ability to humanize each patient, to never be too busy to listen or assist, to be uncompromising in his care is something which I will continue to strive for. He was the doctor I hoped to grow up to be one day. - Posted by: Melanie Shell (Colleague/former student/patient) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • So sorry to hear of Dr.Mccarthy’s passing. I hope you find comfort in all of these wonderful stories of the impact he made! I met Dr.Mccarthy while in labour, and while I was distracted by his undone shoelaces as he entered the room, haha, he proved to be a true gem! - Posted by: Shannon (Patient) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • My deepest condolences to Dr. McCarthy’s family. I am a retired Nurse Sonographer who made some trips "up north" with Dr. McCarthy. Dr.McCarthy was a caring, respectful, hardworking, capable physician. I truly believe Dr. McCarthy deserves the Order of Manitoba for his service. - Posted by: Bonnie Nay (Colleague) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • I just wanted to extend my condolences. Dr McCarthy was just the nicest man and I enjoyed so much my time as his patient. He was always entertaining and honest and even though he was often late everyone knew that it was because he was taking care of as many ladies /babies as he could on his time here on earth ! It was obvious he was a man that gave much of his personal time to take care of us all. He was a gem of a human and the world is sadder place without him ❤️ Thank you Dr McCarthy and family for allowing us to take so much of your time. God bless - Posted by: Ericka (Patient ) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • My sincere condolences to Dr. McCarthy's family and his loved ones. May you rest in eternal peace and be with all the angles there. You played such an important role in giving a birth to my lovely daughter, Liliana in 2009 that I and we never forget those beautiful moments of care, love, kindness and attention that you had given us on that night. Dr. McCarthy, you were a true angel and the moment I saw you in our first visit at your clinic, I noticed and felt that amazing bounding with a kind and caring doctor. I admire your sixth sense when it came to the childbirth. Honestly, I and my family will remember you forever. Thank you for everything you have done for all your patients and deeply and sincerely grateful to become your patient and you were the one who gave me my angel in my arm by helping me having a smooth delivery. Miss and love you forever. May you rest in peace. - Posted by: Ariana Yaftali (Patient) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • My sincere condolences to the MCCARTHY family on your loss he was the most compassionate and caring Doctor I ever had he delivered my third daughter in 1972 while he was at the Mall Medical and since delivered all of my 18 grandchildren he always made time for you and never rushed you through appointments I have the deepest respect for him he will be irreplaceable.prayers to the family.the Klippenstein,Munch,Luna,and Kergen families we all owe him so much. - Posted by: Patricia (Patient ) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • Thank you so much Dr. McCarthy, you not only delivered me when I was born you also delivered my two children. You were an exceptional doctor who was always easy to talk to. Being a new/young mom you calmed my fears and took time to talk to me. During the birth of my second child; my little guy was stuck and I was bleeding out. I lost alot of blood and you fought hard to get my little guy out, he saved not only my little man's life (who is now almost 9 and healthy) he saved mine. I could never thank him enough. Thank you Dr. McCarthy for all your love, support and bringing both my kids into this world safely. You will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Charlene Sutherland (Patient ) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • I have great memories of him helping me through my very first delivery of my son Jackson. It was a rough one and he was so kind and helpful and he made me feel at ease. Rest in peace. - Posted by: Nola Bowering (patient) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • So sorry to read of Dr. McCarthys passing. A true gentleman and always took the time to see me as a rep regardless of how behind he was. My sincere condolences to the entire McCarthy family. - Posted by: Jill Margolis Atnikov (Pharmaceutical Rep) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • Dr. McCarthy was my OBGYN, delivered my baby in 2003, and became my co-worker at St. Boniface’s Labour and Delivery ward. When I first met him, I wasn’t sure what to think. But after getting to know him as my baby doctor, he gained my trust and made me feel like he was “in my corner”. When I began working in L&D as a HCA, I was impressed that he remembered me as a patient. He made a huge impact on my First Nation community and he will be dearly missed. My deepest condolences and prayers go out to his family, friends and co-workers. - Posted by: April Seenie (Patient and ex-coworker ) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • Dr. McCarthy was truly a saint, I can’t begin to thank him enough for all he’s done. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. He made a huge impact on many many lives! ❤️ - Posted by: Corina (Parient) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • Dr McCarthy was a wonderful caring Obstetrician. He delivered my son in 2012. He came to the hospital and he was not on call. He made sure to see my complicated pregnancy through. He took such great care of us. We were truly blessed to have such a great and knowledgeable doctor. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. RIP Dr McCarthy! You were one in a million. - Posted by: Melanie Nafostowicz (Patient) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • He delivered my son in 2012. He was a gifted, compassionate and caring physician who put his patients first. You will be missed. Thank for the safe delivery of my son. I will be forever grateful. - Posted by: Jennifer (Patient ) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • My deepest condolences to the family. Dr. McCarthy wasn't my doctor but he did look after me when my doctor wasn't available and he took great care in assessing my health and needs. The medical field lost a great man but heaven gained a wonderful angel. God bless the family. May you find comfort in the words left by people who knew and loved Dr. McCarthy. - Posted by: Sherri (Patient ) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • Miigwetch (thank you) Dr. McCarthy for the amount and care you have shown me while I was giving birth to my oldest daughter. You kept me and her safe. It was a tough one, but you assured me: I "was in the best hands". My daughter's heart started dropping and was showing signs of distress. He made a quick descision... Gave me a quick review of what was going to happen, got my approval and she was out less than a minute. He watched her vitals closely... Watched my vitals closely. I felt safe. I felt valued. I pray your family finds comfort in the words being shared. You are a legend! - Posted by: Genny Henry (Patient) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • My deepest and most sincere condolences to Dr. McCarthy's family and friends. He stepped in and took over when I was at the hospital for the delivery of my first child. It was life saving. My husband and I agreed that if Dr. McCarthy was not available 4 years later when we decided to have another child, we would not be having one! He had a way with patients that made us feel (and know) that we were in the best hands possible. When I look at my children, I thank God that Dr. McCarthy was there with us. I pray for his family and friends during this difficult time. May God bless each of you and hold you close. - Posted by: Lisa Browne (Patient) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • My sincerest condolences to the family. Say hello to my son for me - Im sure you know him...he was 21 hrs old...his name was Jonah. He is gone but will never be forgotten. Thank you for the safe arrivals of our lil boys and girls....well they are big boys and big girls now. God bless the family. Rest In Peace, Doc. - Posted by: Susan (patient) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • Rest in peace our miracle doctor. Another doctor sent us to St. B and a D&C was already scheduled for the next day. He saw me that night and scheduled an ultrasound instead. I couldn’t contain the happiness when I saw my baby’s heartbeat on the monitor. He took care of me and my baby girl until she was born. It was a delicate pregnancy and delivery due to my placenta previa condition. We will forever be grateful to you for saving our daughter who is now turning 10 years. Our deepest sympathy to his family. - Posted by: Marinel (Patient ) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • I truly appreciated Dr.McCarthy. He was my Dr for 2 of my 3 children, the last one just turning a year on August 28th. I remember him fondly. Particularly his care and compassion with me when I spoke to him of needing the pregnancy to be my last one and then scheduling a tubal ligation before he “retired.” I can still hear his warm voice assuring me of my anxieties. My prayers and condolences to his family, friends, and co-workers. - Posted by: Alanna (Patient ) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • You were one amazing doc. You will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who is missing this great man. - Posted by: Chantal picton holowka (Patient) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • Deepest condolences to Dr McCarthy’s family on your loss. As a doula for 18 years, he was always a welcome name to see on the hospital’s on-call board. His genuine care for the mothers and families he was assisting was so evident. I remember a specific birth when the mother had been rushed into the OR to prep for a possible cesarean due to a surprise breech position. He came to the waiting rooms to find me, their doula, so I could be present while he explained all the options to the family and support them in their decisions. A true team player. He will be sorely missed. - Posted by: Deanna (Colleague) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • Dr McCarthy will be greatly missed! I had the pleasure of knowing him my whole life from the time he delivered me in 1974 to him delivering all 4 of my children and all of my younger siblings! When times were tough growing up as a youth all the way to adult hood he always had an ear and gave the best advice he was like a father figure to me and I'm sure a lot of his patients! There will never be another like you, you were one of a kind and I will never forget you!!! RIP - Posted by: Kathleen Nepinak (Patient ) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • I am one of many many patients, he looked after from the iscolated community of Island Lake, he delivered 2 of our children also a grandchild. As I mentioned in social media, leaving the comfort of our home comes with a lot of anxiety and stresses, Dr McCarthy would speak our aboriginal language, normal language spoken in the delivery room, like Push, harder and stop pushing, this alone helped brought down my anxiety level. Dr McCarthy will be forever missed, and the legacy he left behind will never be forgotten. The teachings of our Elders always remind us, there is no Good bye in our culture but we will see our loved ones again, we are only passing through this earth as our final destination is in the Spirit World, we will see you again our relative Dr McCarthy 💙 - Posted by: Rita Flett (Patient ) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • Rest In Peace Dr. McCarthy ❤️ and condolences to his family, sure gonna miss him, he was always there, always asked me if I was okay when he asked me that I broke down and cried, I was hurting and he understood what I was going through, he even tried calling my worker for me to get my babies back. He was my doctor for all my 9 pregnancies and glad he got to see my oldest when she was pregnant, I’m so gonna miss you but you are with the lord now, I never got the chance to send you a card when I heard you were retiring. Missed and loved by many, I thank you for all that you’ve done 💐 - Posted by: Roxanne J Owen (Patient ) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • 7 years ago I suffered my 2nd misscarriage. I was admitted to St. Boniface Hospital for nearly 3 weeks due to hemmoraging. In that time I had 3 procedures, a surgery & enough blood transfusions to replace every drop of blood in my body. Dr. McCarthy worked tirelessly to find an answer that would preserve my fertility. He reached out to other medical practitioners, and even brought in a specialist to take point on my surgery. Dr McCarthy was extremely knowledgable, but he also wasnt afraid to ask his collegues for advice and that to me is the sign of an amazing doctor. During my 3 week hospital stay, Dr. McCarthy checked on me every day, usually in person, but for the few days he was in Irelend for a funeral he still called the nurses to ask about me. Ive heard people say he had no bedside manner, but I know this is not true. This man at the end of an undoubtedly exhausting day would come sit at the end of my hospital bed and smile and laugh with me. Not something his work required, but thats just the kind of dr he was. I am so grateful for the amazing care I received during my hospital stay. Thanks to Dr. McCarthy, I went on to have 3 amazing, healthy babies (all of which he delivered) The world has lost an amazing doctor and an amazing man. I am so happy to have known him. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficuly time. - Posted by: Jocelyn (patient) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • I first met Dr McCarthy in 1972 I was one of his first patients when he came to Winnipeg. He delivered my son and later my daughter. As he years went by I came to consider him a friend. I met his wife through St John Brebeuf and met his daughters. He was the best doctor I have ever had. He was always available to see me and was extremely supportive and kind. He will be very sadly missed. I send my condolences to the family along with my prayers Jennie Matteis - Posted by: Jennie Matteis (Bellino). () on: Aug 29, 2018

  • First off I’d like to say Dr. Mccarthy I am so proud to call you my obstetrician. Although at times it could be a lengthy wait time in the waiting room and at times I’d be upset about that I wouldn’t want any other Dr. You cared for me through a few of my children and I can even remember your wife being a receptionist at times. I could see you walking over from your clinic with your winter coat on just to check up on me. I am thankful you seen me through my last pregnancy which was a more difficult one and although you didn’t make the delivery you made the time to come see me while labouring at woman’s hospital. I had often driven by the area and thought how I missed seeing you.A very kind, compassionate man. Yiu were a huge part of my life and I’m thankful and blessed to be your patient. Thank you so much. My condolences to your wife and family. A great man, a legend I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else❤️ - Posted by: Yvonne chomini (Patient) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • He delivered me and my babies aww such heart breaking news to me 💔 May God comfort you all and the whole famliy❤🙏❤ - Posted by: Felicia Swain (Patient ) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • Rip to my Favorite Doctor Mcarthy 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻You are one of the Best Doctor for me 😢 to the Rest of the Family sorry for loss 🙏🏻 - Posted by: Minerva Bernardo (Patient ) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • Dr McCarthy, you gave so much of yourself to our women up north. How hard it was for us to leave our families behind in our 8th month and wait for 4-5 weeks all alone in a Winnipeg medical boarding home...but you understood us, you understood our situations and tried your best to get us delivered and to send us home as quickly and as safely as possible. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your care and compassion, with love and respect, Judy - Posted by: Judy Klassen (Patient) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • I am so very sorry to hear of his passing. He delivered my 2nd child. He genuinely listened to my concerns and instincts and agreed immediately either a C-section or forceps would be needed to deliver my son. Thankfully, he rose to his reputation as the “Forceps King” and delivered my son safely with forceps and no C-section was required. I am so very grateful for him that day and everything that he has done over his career. My deepest condolences to his family. A wonderful man and a very talented doctor. - Posted by: Kim Sawatzky (Patient) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • My deepest sympathies to Dr. McCarthy's family. Dr. McCarthy delivered me on a cold December night in 1980. At the time of my birth, my parents spoke very little English, as they were refugees. He was so kind and generous to my family. Thus, he will always be remembered as so. Rest in peace. - Posted by: Sara Ly (patient) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • I say goodbye to a man who hardly knew me, but will remain forever in my memory as the man who saved my wife's life, and that of my only son. It was thanks to his skill and presence or mind that I can enjoy life with my family today. Thank you Dr. McCarthy! - Posted by: Martin Cloutier (Patient's Husband) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • Dr. McCarthy provided the most compassionate care to me in some of my happiest days and some of my most challenging days. I am very saddened by the news of his death and hope you (his family) find some comfort in knowing how very respected he was. He was truly a legend ❤️ - Posted by: Angela Gyoerick (Patient) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • Dr. McCarthy and his family were my parents' neighbours on Campbell Street. They were lovely people. Although none of us were ever his patients, I believe that we owe Dr. McCarthy a huge debt for saving my mother's life. She had a bad fall, and because she hit her head when she fell, she was in a coma for two weeks and the prognosis was very bad. My father ran into Dr. McCarthy one day and told him about my mother's plight. He immediately recommended that his friend, Dr. Fewer, a neurosurgeon, take over my mother's care and he phoned Dr. Fewer the same day and asked him to see my mother. Upon seeing my mom, Dr. Fewer immediately recognized that there was a drug that would help my mother and at his direction the drug was administered. My mother came out of the coma almost immediately. I have never forgotten the kindness that Dr. McCarthy showed to us and I will always be grateful for his compassion in reaching out to Dr. Fewer on our behalf. - Posted by: Robert Cherniack (Former Neighbour) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • Dr. McCarthy was my obstetrician for both of my children. I will never forget after I had suffered my third miscarriage sitting in his office while he read the ultrasound report and his sunken body language as he read. He took the time to call me at home on his time to see how I was managing as we waited to see if my body would pass the remains. Or as I came out anesthetic asking if he knew whether it was a boy and girl and him quietly telling the other staff to quiet down so he could hear my question. He was an amazing person. - Posted by: Debbie (Patient ) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • Dr. McCarthy was such an amazing Dr. He delivered 2 of my 3 kids and I am not sure I could have made it through there births without him. I am so thankful to his family for sharing him with us for so many years. He will be missed. - Posted by: Nancy (Patient) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • I send my condolences to the family. He was a great doctor and delivered three of my children. Im happy he was there for me. Thanks so much Dr MCcarthy you will be missed. - Posted by: Krista brook (delivered my children ) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • I, too, had the privilege of working with him for a short time, while I practiced as a midwife in Southern MB. I feel blessed to have worked alongside him and experience his genuine care and expertise in helping women in complicated childbirth. A great example and inspiring. My condolences to his loved ones. - Posted by: Annie Losch (Midwife colleague) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • Thinking of Fiona and all the family of Dr McCarthy....will always remember seeing him in the elevators of St B late at night.....off to care for another of his lucky patients! He was a wonderful doctor,and will be sorely missed and never forgotten. - Posted by: Jennifer Field (Nurse St Boniface Hospital/ family friend) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • Dr McCarthy, You are a Gem! And so loved and respected in the OB world! The first time I met you in the '80's at St Boniface Hosptial, I thought you might be the maintenance guy...unshaven, rushing around, shirt untucked,...but I quickly learned you were a Saint! So dedicated and compassionate to the women you cared for. So skilled, yet patient to trust the birth process if that was a safe option. I worked along side you as a midwife, never being your patient, but your reputation with and trust from the OB nurses told me you were golden. They sang your praises. I always loved when you would talk of Marie, and your family, or stories of Ireland and midwifery there. I love the memory of you going to a boarding house looking for a patient from the north that hadn't come in for her appointment. There you were, caring so much. That was classic YOU! A Life well lived! It's been a pleasure knowing you and learning from you. To Marie and family, I know he will be missed greatly. I wish you peace...... And sunshine in your heart when you think of him ❤️ - Posted by: MarlaGross (Friend and colleague) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • My heartfelt condolences to his wife Marie & family. I was so honoured to have his care for the birth of my daughter in 1999. I was referred to him by my GP in my 9th month overdue by 5 days. A quick visit on a Sat resulted in him admitting me to St B immediately - his compassion during what was a very challenging unexpected birth experience, was nothing but extraordinary. He ensured my GP was part of the care team and took time to visit more than once during an extended hospital stay following her birth. A few years later I had a miscarriage for which resulted in an emergency visit - Though he was not my Dr, he saw my name on the OR list and sat with me for comfort and made a point to visit on the ward afterwards to offer support. I can only imagine the thousands of lives he has impacted over the years. Thank you - you are one of a kind. Rest in Peace. - Posted by: Marian Jones (Patient) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • Dr. McCarthy was a mentor to my father (Dr. Bob Menzies) and supervised his first delivery. This was made all the more special when Dr. McCarthy then delivered my first child. I did not know him well, but whenever I mentioned that he delivered my daughter, at least half the people who heard me knew who he was and had a story to share. I am sorry for this huge loss. - Posted by: Meghan (Patient) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • Our sincere condolences from our family to Dr. McCarthy's. I will always be grateful to Dr. McCarthy for his care and safe delivery of our twin boys. Thank you again for your dedication to the world of obstetrics. - Posted by: May Arason-Li (Patient) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • I worked with Dr McCarthy during my brief tenure in Winnipeg (2 years) - he was such a fine example of a colleague, so respectful of my practice as a midwife, and of the patient's needs and desires. Dr McCarthy had an enormous heart; he set an example that I took with me to my midwifery work back in the States. Dr McCarthy, you will be missed. - Posted by: Ali Swanson (Midwife colleague) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • Dr. McCarthy was not only an amazing doctor but a wonderful man. He never lost faith even when I did. He delivered both of my beautiful daughters and for that I am eternally grateful. As a high risk pregnancy he always took the time for me and went above and beyond. He did whatever needed to be done even if it meant extra trips to the hospital to review my results. He was an amazing man and I have many fond memories. My deepest condolences to his wife and family hoping you can take some comfort in the fact that he was so greatly loved. - Posted by: Victoria Hale (patient) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • I am so sorry to hear of Dr. McCarthy's passing. I will forever be grateful for the care, compassion, and skill he brought to my son's delivery. It was a difficult and complicated birth, but he saw both of us through it safely. My heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends. - Posted by: Laurie Nash (Patient) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • What a true blessing it was to be under Dr McCarthy's care. He safety delivered my brothers, my son and grandchildren. Without his exceptional skill and caring , my son would not be with us today, forever grateful for him, and his family for allowing him to give so much to his patients. Rest in peace. - Posted by: Candice Schwartz (Patient) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • I had the pleasure of working with and assisting Dr. McCarthy in our health records office during the wee hours of the evenings, night and weekends when he came in to complete his charts. You were one of a kind, caring and gentle man and Dr. A gruff exterior with a huge heart ❤️ You are truly and Earth Angel to many many women and babies throughout Winnipeg of other communities , including myself , delivering my two beautiful girls many years ago 💞💞. Thank you for your hard work, love , support , dedication and endless hours at the hospital bringing new life safely into this world. God bless you and may God comfort your family during this difficult time . May your spirit live on in many hearts . Your will be missed by many ... RIP Dr. McCarthy 🙏🏻💙👼🏼 - Posted by: Laurie Pauls (Health records clerk ) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • Gerry was a wonderful person with a tremendous presence about him as well as a great sense of humour. For some Medicine is an occupation, for Gerry, it was a vocation and a way of life. His dedication, his humility and his skills were legendary. It is sad that he had such a short retirement. Condolences to the family on their loss. - Posted by: Peter MacDonald (Colleague ) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • We are sad to hear the news of Dr McCarthy's passing. He was a special doctor and I am grateful to have been under his care with all 3 of my children. Condolences to his family. - Posted by: The Auriti family (patient) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • RIP. I had the pleasure to work in your area a few times and yes you were so so very nice and funny. Thank you for all your years of Doctoring .. You will never be forgotten. My condolences to his family. So sorry for your loss. Hugs to all :( - Posted by: Yvette Leclerc (Friend) on: Aug 28, 2018

  • My sincere condolences to Dr. McCarthy’s family. May he Rest In Peace in God’s eternal care and walk with the angels of whom I truly believe he is one. Dr. McCarthy delivered my daughter Anastasia on December 4, 1991. It was a difficult birth that became an emergency. He not only saved my daughter’s life but mine as well. I will forever fondly remember and be forever thankful to Dr. McCarthy. He gave me my most precious gift, my daughter and life to raise, love and enjoy her. - Posted by: Barbara Burtnick (Patient) on: Aug 28, 2018

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