Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 5, 2012

Daniel Patrick McCarthy


TRAVERSE CITY — Dann McCarthy, 45, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.

He was a loving, kind man who devoted much time and energy to the service of others. He brought light and warmth to many people with his sparkling smile and big hugs, and his ability to accept and love others just as they are.

Born on Aug. 24, 1967 and raised in Fairfield County, Conn., Dann moved to Traverse City in Jan. 1996.

He was an Eagle Scout, a graduate of Ithaca College in New York, a certified Clinical Massage Therapist, a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, a creative cook and baker, a skilled dancer, and a talented bodhran player with the Irish music group TC Celtic.

Dann was a tireless volunteer in the service of people experiencing homelessness, through organizations such as Safe Harbor of Grand Traverse, Jubilee House, and Goodwill Street Outreach. He also volunteered at Unity Church (where he was a member), Munson Hospice, Old Town Playhouse and Grand Traverse Pavilions.

He is survived by his parents, Tom and Gerry McCarthy; brother Chris (Trish) McCarthy of Madison, Conn.; sister Karen (John Noonan) McCarthy of Traverse City; brother Matt (NoraMaria Murphy) McCarthy of Dun Chaoin, Ireland; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles. He was preceded in death by his Cody and McCarthy grandparents, his Aunts Edie and Kathleen, and his Uncles Eddie and Christy.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Grace Episcopal Church, 341 Washington St., Traverse City, with a visitation at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dann's name to Goodwill Street Outreach, Safe Harbor, or Grace Episcopal's Jubilee House. The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. To leave a remembrance of Daniel online, go to