David P. McCarthy, 29: 'A heart as big as Sugarloaf'

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FALMOUTH — David Paul McCarthy, 29, died of a drug overdose on Oct. 17, losing a long-fought battle with addiction, a challenge faced by many families today.

He was born April 9, 1985.

A graduate of Falmouth High School, McCarthy was one of three brothers and proud to be the only one born in Maine. His life was filled with adventure and love of others. From Falmouth to Costa Rica to Italy, he made friends wherever he went.

Those who knew him said McCarthy had a heart was as big as the mountain he loved, Sugarloaf. There, he worked at the Bag and Kettle and was an avid snowboarder known to all as “Davey.” His skill as a cook and sous-chef in a busy restaurant was second to none.

McCarthy had a magnificent sense of humor, and was generous and loving, almost to a fault. He was a great friend to many, lending support and love to those in need. His smile could light up a room, and he wanted everyone to laugh with him. Among the many things he loved passionately were his legions of friends; his dog, Kima; “The Big Lebowski;” and “The Wire.” He was a bit of an outlier in that he rooted for the Patriots, the Celtics, the Bruins and, because most of the family is from New York originally, the Yankees.

McCarthy is survived by his father, Kevin J. McCarthy, and stepmother, Nancy Lund, of Falmouth; mother, Anne Ireland, and stepfather, Kenneth Cole, also of Falmouth; two brothers and their spouses, Charles and Julie McCarthy, and their daughter, Leah, of Essex, Vermont, and Jared McCarthy and Brock Hollowell McCarthy of Brooklyn, New York; stepsiblings, Nick Lund, of Washington, D.C., Alex Lund, of Stratton, Maine, Tristram Cole and wife, Jennie Theriault, of Portland, Nick Cole and wife, Jessica Tillery Cole, of Scarborough, and Dorian Cole and husband, Nick Morrill, of South Portland; and McCarthy’s dog, Kima.

A memorial service was held Oct. 25 at the Episcopal Church of St. Mary, in Falmouth. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the David McCarthy Sugarloaf Seasons Pass Fund, which can be found at www.gofundme.com/g6z5cw.

The family would like to acknowledge all the wonderful messages of support and love from the community.

Arrangements are by Jones Rich & Hutchins, Portland.

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