Coach Ed McCarthy

June 27, 1946 ~ March 10, 2024 (age 77) 77 Years Old

Coach McCarthy Obituary

Edward McCarthy, 77, of West Haven entered eternal rest on March 10, 2024.  Ed was born on June 27, 1946 to the late James F. McCarthy and Alice Sullivan McCarthy in New Haven. After graduating from Notre Dame of West Haven in 1964, he went on to study Physical Education at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana.  After graduation, he began his career as a health and physical education teacher at Saint Joseph’s High School in Trumbull. He spent 13 years at Saint Joseph’s as a football and baseball coach in addition to teaching, before moving over to West Haven High School to teach and coach in 1983.

He spent 32 years as the head football coach at West Haven, retiring in 2014 as the state’s all time leader in football wins. Athletics were an integral part of Ed’s life throughout his time on earth, as he also spent time as an assistant baseball coach at Southern Connecticut State University and as a scout for the Houston Astros.  Above all else, Ed was devoted to his family. He was married to the love of his life Marilyn (Steimel) McCarthy; and was the dedicated father to four children, Kerry (Joe) Olivieri of Franklinton, NC; as well as Edward (Courtney) McCarthy Jr.; Tim and James, all of West Haven. He was also a very proud grandfather to Joey Olivieri of Franklinton, NC. Ed was unendingly proud of all of his children and made every effort to support them in all of their endeavors.

Ed was well-recognized for his coaching achievements, as he was inducted into the athletic Halls of Fame at both Saint Joseph’s and West Haven High Schools. He was a recipient of the Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance’s Gold Key award in 2014. In addition to this, he was inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2016 and given the Walter Camp lifetime achievement award in 2019. None of these honors were as important as the genuine friendships that Ed developed with the people he was fortunate enough to coach, coach with, or coach against. He stayed very connected through the game of high school after his retirement and loved to mentor younger coaches in the profession.

Ed was a kind and generous man who cared deeply about the people he crossed paths with. His true life’s work was his dedication to his players, students, family, and many friends. Ed was a lifelong resident of West Haven who kept relationships formed on the ball fields of Colonial Park throughout the entirety of his life. He was very proud of his status as a Westie, as well as his Irish-American heritage. Ed was also a passionate fan of the Boston Red Sox as well as horse racing. He greatly looked forward to summertime trips to Fenway Park as well as Saratoga Racecourse with the people that meant the most to him. He loved to watch college basketball with his sons, and anticipated one of his March Madness “predictions” finally coming to fruition. He took great pleasure in discussing sports with anybody that he encountered, in particular the Saturday morning “Breakfast Crew.”

Ed was predeceased by his parents, James and Alice, and his first wife, Mary, as well as his brother Jim. He is survived by his wife, his four children, as well as stepson Ryan (Robin) Tobin and their children Alexandra and Daniel, plus countless friends and former players who have become family.

Visitation will take place on Thursday March 14 from 3 to 7 pm at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green.  On Friday morning all are asked to proceed directly to St. John Vianney Church of St. John XXIII Parish. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 o’clock.  Interment will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the West Haven Football Touchdown Club, c/o Joe Morrell, One McDonough Plaza, West Haven, CT 06516.




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March 14, 2024

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
West Haven Funeral Home
662 Savin Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516

Mass of Christian Burial
March 15, 2024

10:00 AM
St. John Vianney Church of Saint John XXIII Parish
300 Captain Thomas Blvd.
West Haven, CT 06516


St. Lawrence Cemetery
280 Derby Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516


West Haven Football Touchdown Club
c/o Joe Morrell, One McDonough Plaza, West Haven CT 06516
Tel: 1-203-937-4360


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