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Michael "Mickey McCarthy (1883-1960)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Thursday, June 2, 1960

Many Will Miss Mickey, 1960

    Requiem Mass was said May 18 at Sacred Heart Cathedral for the late Michael McCarthy, who died May 14. The Rev. Father Triggs officiated. Many local citizens gathered to pay their last respecis to Mickey, a well-liked Yukoner of long standing.

    Born March28, 1883 in Ireland, he lived in the North well over 40 years. During the early 1920's Mickey was a cook for Taylor & Drury on their river boat, the "Thistle." For some years he cooked for the RCMP in Whitehorse.

    Also during Mr. McCarthy’s career as a cook, he worked for the Royal Mail service at various roadhouses on the Dawson overland trail, when there were stopping places every 20 miles along the route. In his later years, Mickey worked around Whitehorse. He was a janitor for the city for awhile and a watchman for Northern Canada Power Commission at the hydro sfte.

    Spry and active almost to the end of his life, Mickey loved walking and even the coldest weather didn’t keep him from journeying downtown afoot. When he worked at the Rapids hydro site, he walked four miles a day cheerfully.

    W. J. Morris was in charge of final arrangements for Mr. McCarthy, who was buried in the old Whitehorse cemetery.