NAPLES, Fla. — Funeral services were scheduled Monday, Aug. 26, for Joseph H. McCarthy Jr., former executive vice president and chief operating officer of A&P, who died here on Aug. 20. He was 91.
McCarthy began his career in the food industry as a store manager with Finast (First National Supermarkets), the former food retailer in New England, and was promoted through various operations and merchandising positions to become senior vice president. During his 30 years with Finast he was selected in 1955 to represent the chain at the International Food Congress and helped set up the first supermarket in Rome, Italy. In 1959 he was selected to set up and manage the largest supermarket in the Metro New York area at the time, the Finast located at Cross County Center in Yonkers, N.Y.
He was with Grand Union Co. from 1977 to 1981 as regional vice president, and later promoted to the position of the senior vice president.
In June 1981 McCarthy joined A&P as senior vice president of the Metro Group. He was subsequently named executive vice president and COO for the U.S. and Canada. He retired from A&P in 1990. During his tenure, A&P experienced significant growth in sales and earnings.
Prior to his retail career, McCarthy was a forward observer in the U.S. Marines in World War II and also later served in the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jean K. (Ryan) of Naples, Fla., five children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Viewing was scheduled at Hodges Funeral Home at Memorial Gardens, in North Naples, Fla., on Aug. 25 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Funeral Mass was set for Aug. 26 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Naples, at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund at www.ouimet.org.
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