James Alston McCarthy passed away on December 14, 2022, at the age of 83. He was born in Renova, Pennsylvania, to John and Laura McCarthy on December 6, 1939. When he was 8-years old, they moved to Washington, DC. In April 1964, he married Irene Kostelnik, and they had a daughter, Kathleen, in March 1965. They resided in Maryland for 58 years.
Throughout his life, Jim had many jobs. He drove a beer truck, bread truck, worked as an engineer for multiple companies, and then retired as an operating engineer from the International Monetary Fund. The Monetary Fund is where he earned his nickname pockets from his coworkers.
One of Jim's hobbies was going on road trips and camping in the motor home with his family. After retiring, he spent many years traveling across the United States in his motor home with his wife, Irene. They traveled to almost every state in the U.S.; they even drove the motor home all the way to Alaska. Jim also enjoyed taking his grandkids on camping trips. After retiring and traveling, he became a snowbird and resided in Florida during the winter. Another one of his hobbies was cooking and baking. He enjoyed watching cooking shows and trying out new recipes. During the holidays he loved having his grandkids over to help bake deserts.
Jim is survived by his wife Irene, daughter Kathleen (Paul), grandchildren Cassandra (Glen), Paul "Grant" (Kaylee), and Christopher. Also, two great-grandchildren, Levi & Kinlee.