Sudden Death of Beloved Husband in Plane Crash

On September 7, 2019 a small plane crashed  while returning to San Diego from a work trip in Henderson, Nevada. It had multiple pilots inside, along with the Director of Maintenance who had flown in to diagnose a separate problem with another small plane at the Henderson airport. On that day, a great man was taken from so many. A man that took responsibility for a mess that was not his own to clean up - but that was just the type of person he was.

John F. McCarthy was a loving Husband, Dad, and Grandfather; as well as a brother, uncle, and friend to so very many all across the country. He was the guy that walked into any room and loved to make people laugh with his witty one liners and contagious smile. He’d do anything to lift the spirits of those around him, and was such a Light in so many of our lives.

Shortly after take-off last Saturday, the plane malfunctioned, causing a door to become ajar. While attempting to make a U-turn and return to the Henderson airport, the small plane crashed nearby. The impact caused the death of our John instantly, while the three pilots inside caught fire . We are still in the process of recovering John’s body from the coroner. Because of the extent of burning, his body is unidentifiable. We have been told it could take up to six weeks before he will be legally identified and released.

There are literally hundreds of people on both the East and West coast who loved him. We want to be sure that we can have the Celebration of Life he deserves in both California and his hometown in Massachusetts, while also ensuring that his wife - the love of his life since they were 16 years old - is able to care for herself in their home. This fund will be used to send John on his next journey with love and with all of his family and friends there with him. It will also be used for the possible multiple trips his wife will be making to say goodbye to him in Nevada, as well as to bring him home after cremation.

John was an amazing man, who would do anything for anyone. His death has had an impact on so very many and he would not want his wife to bear the weight of all of this alone. Unfortunately the company he was working for did not offer life insurance, and until we have a death certificate, so much is unable to be taken care of. We are so thankful for any and all help that is given, and really hope that we can give John the 60th birthday party that his wife had been hoping for in October. 



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Katie Selagi 
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Linda McCarthy 
Linda McCarthy 
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