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Alice F. McCarthy

Alice F. McCarthy, born 04/09/1932, a lifelong resident of Lowell, MA., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, 02/28/2024, at Chelmsford Crossings in Chelmsford, MA.

Alice was one of six children of Martin F. and Katherine Lennon McCarthy. She is survived by her youngest sister, Ellen McCarthy, who lives in Mystic, Connecticut. Alice is also survived by three nieces and four nephews: Ann Marie Wall of Cambridge, England, Elizabeth Anderson, Hope Valley, R.I., Dr. James J. Wall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, John M. Wall, Blowing Rock, NC, Katherine Gardner, Dumfries, Va., Thomas Wall, New York City, New York, and Michael Wall, Westerly, R.I. Alice is also survived by 3 great nephews, 1great niece, and a great-great niece. She was a devoted and attentive aunt.

Alice also was a devoted physical education teacher and coach. Having attended Lowell State Teachers College, she taught physical education and coached field hockey and basketball teams at Wilmington High School until her retirement in the mid 1980’s. Alice also received her Masters Degree from Boston University. Throughout her teaching career, Alice divided her free time between Lowell and New Hampshire. In NH. She and a friend opened up a tennis business called “Tennis Anyone?” After residing in NH., she later made her summer home in Boothbay, ME. She loved all sports, particularly tennis and cross-country skiing. Travel was also a very big part of Alice’s life. RV traveling gave Alice great joy in her retirement years.

Alice will be dearly missed by friends, family and all who knew her.
“I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
–Robert Frost, American poet

On Friday, April 5, 2024 all are welcome to attend her funeral mass at 1 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 144 E. Merrimack St., Lowell, followed by procession to St. Patrick Cemetery. Arrangements by Mahoney Funeral Home, 187 Nesmith Street, Lowell, 978-452-6361. Please find us on Facebook or visit to leave the family a message of condolence at any time.


  • Ann Marie Wall Posted March 7, 2024 3:27 am

    Thank you, Alice, for living a brave life. Rest in peace. Your niece, Ann Marie Wall

  • Katherine Gardner Posted March 8, 2024 10:56 pm

    Thank you, Alice, for your love and fine attention to my family. Thank you most especially for opening up your house and home to me for three very happy years. I am eternally grateful. Your niece, Kathy Gardner.

  • Martha Boudreau Posted March 31, 2024 9:53 am

    Will always be remembered as my HS Physical Ed teacher ‘67, and more recently as my co-worker at Wilmington High School, I retired in 2007. My sincere condolences to the family.

  • Larz Neilson Posted March 31, 2024 5:28 pm

    A good friend for many decades. When we moved to Boothbay Harbor, I was so pleased to find her here.

  • Patricia Toner Posted April 2, 2024 8:23 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I really liked her .she was a great gym teacher.

  • Rosie Wallent Posted April 10, 2024 12:24 pm

    Miss McCarthy was my gym teacher and basketball coach 1973-76 years at WHS. She was so very devoted to teaching and coaching. I’ll always remember how, under her careful supervision, taught us girls how to vault over a pommel horse and balance on the beam; how to play a good game of field hockey or basketball; how to play sports carefully and well. She was a really good teacher and coach. I am fortunate to have had her at WHS.

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