[Congressional Record Volume 164, Number 45 (Wednesday, March 14, 2018)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
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HONORING THOMAS H. McCARTHY AS CHAIRMAN OF THE 47TH ANNUAL BUFFALO
IRISH CENTER CIVIC LUNCHEON
HON. BRIAN HIGGINS
of new york
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Mr. HIGGINS of New York. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Mr.
Thomas H. McCarthy, who has been selected to serve as Honorary Chairman
of the 47th Annual Civic Luncheon to benefit the Buffalo Irish Center.
A proud Buffalonian, born and raised, Tom is a graduate of St. Thomas
Aquinas School, Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School, Canisius College,
and Simmons School of Mortuary Science.
One year after graduating from Simmons, he founded the Thomas H.
McCarthy Funeral Home. Through his funeral home business, he has
provided care and compassion to neighborhood families during difficult
Tom is a dedicated community servant. He served in the Buffalo Fire
Department for 37 years, retiring as a Lieutenant. Additionally, he is
a member of the Knights of Columbus, an organization of nearly two
million Catholic men. Tom embodies their principles of charity, unity,
fraternity, and patriotism.
Organizations that benefit from Tom's stewardship include his alma
mater, Bishop Timon, where he raises funds for student scholarships
with the Hillery Foundation. For almost 60 years, he has been a member
of the Blackthorn Club, a group which encourages the camaraderie and
connection of its members with Irish ancestry through social events. At
one point, he served as President of the Club.
Married for 63 years, Tom and his wife Mary Ellen have raised six
children together. They now have twelve grandchildren and two great
grandchildren. Alongside his wonderful family, Tom has been an active
participator in this Luncheon since the beginning.
Mr. Speaker, I am proud to honor Mr. Thomas H. McCarthy here today,
to recognize his countless contributions to the Irish community in
Buffalo, and the Western New York community as a whole. His time and
talents have made a difference in the lives of so many, and he is
deserving of our most sincere gratitude.