In Memory

Vaughn Everett McCarthy

Vaughn Everett McCarthy



McCARTHY, Vaughn Everett

69, was born Sept. 19, 1946 in Portland, ME. He moved to St. Petersburg in 1957, and died at home in South Pasadena this past Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. He was a graduate of Northeast High School and was a combat U.S. Marine corporal, who was wounded in Vietnam and a recipient of the Purple Heart. He attended the University of Florida and was a contractor and prominent architect. He built many beautiful homes in Pinellas County and was involved in designing homes in Pasco County as well as Colorado Springs. He was known for taking advantage of views, and loved including striking angles. Several of his homes were featured in both the Sunday Tampa Bay Times and Tampa Tribune as well as Southern Living magazine.

An avid golfer, Vaughn was a member of Pasadena Yacht and Country Club since 1969. He was golf coach for the Canterbury School from 1997 to 2005. He was a longtime member of the Polywogs, and served as president from 1999 to 2001; he was also was a member of the Squires. He enjoyed socializing with his many golfing buddies at the 19th hole, as well as singing and playing the guitar. Additionally, he enjoyed fishing in Boca Grande with his brother-in-law, R.W. 'Bill' Caldwell, III. He was predeceased by his son, Rhett Everett McCarthy and is survived by his wife of 44 years, Elise 'Desi' Caldwell McCarthy; his son, Kyle R. McCarthy (Chris); a granddaughter, Matilda Rose McCarthy; and sisters, Kathleen Fisher (Tom) and Beth Cremer (Jeff); plus several nieces and nephews and their children. The family wants to give thanks to the Hospice Orange Team for their support and asks friends, in lieu of flowers, to make any donations to either Hospice, Children's Home of Tampa Bay, the First Tee of St. Petersburg, or to the charity of their choice . 

There will be a remembrance gathering Wednesday, Dec. 16 at Pasadena Yacht and Country Club from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Vaughn always knew people no matter where he went. He was loved by many who appreciated his sense of humor and many talents, not to mention his magnificent eyebrows.






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12/15/15 12:18 PM #12    

Gilbert Shamas, MD

I knew Vaughn from Interact Club and he was our President. An outstanding funny and congenial classmate. He always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. So grateful for the short time we all had with him at the reunion. My condolences to his family.

12/15/15 04:15 PM #13    

Barbara Ferguson (Benjamin)

Vaughn was one of the nicest guys in our class, I am so sorry to hear of his passing...he was just really special!



12/16/15 11:35 AM #14    

Susie Stromer (Weiss)

As we are about to head over to St Pete in a little while to attend Vaughan's remembrance service, I recall how long I have actually known him--we went to elementary schoiol, junior high school and high school together and our friendship continued afterwards.  I was a bridesmaid in his wedding when he married Desi Caldwell (in May of 1971), they were guests at our oldest daughter's wedding in 1988 and most recently our last time with Vaughan and Desi was lunch at Ted Peters the Sunday after the reunion.  Fittingly, after the service is over this afternoon, we will have lunch at Ted Peters and toast Vaughan one last time with a frosted root beer!  Rest easy, Vaughan.

12/16/15 11:52 AM #15    

Gary A. Ater (Ater)

Vaughn lived life large, never one to slow down or pass up a good party. I was happy to visit with him and catch up at our reunion last year. Life is becomming more of a blessing as we age. Family is closser and old differences seem to fade away. My condolences to Vaughn's family. We will all miss him.

12/16/15 03:06 PM #16    

Raymond Louis Mantell

I too, knew Vaughn since elementary school.  What a great guy.  I played on baseball teams with him as a kid, and though he was a superb athlete, he never looked down on us of lesser skills.  While working on the 50th reunion committee, I spoke with Vaughn on a couple of occasions and it was like I spoke to him the week before, although it had been many years.  That's what I'll always remember about him.  He always made you feel comfortable and there was nothing phony about him.  He will be missed by us all.  Rest in peace my friend and condolences to his family.

12/16/15 06:20 PM #17    

Fred Kokemohr

I first knew Vaughn in Middle School.  I remember Vaughn as a guy who always had his act together.  A personable individual who even in High School had desired to be an Architect.  A man who lived his dreams.

12/17/15 11:35 PM #18    

Bob Hayes

Vaughn’s day of remembrance may be over, but he will remain in the hearts and minds of his classmates forever.  I first met Vaughn at 54th Ave Elementary where he was the new guy.  It didn’t take much time for him to be introduced to the other students as his personality and good looks quickly made him a magnet for all the girls. He never backed away from a leadership role. As our Interact President, Mr. Wilson’s job was a piece of cake as Vaughn handled it all.   He also proved he was up to any challenge.   He was a Marine which speaks volumes. Obviously, I don’t know the cause of his passing.  I do know he was battling the results of Agent Orange.  At the reunion he told me that the young marines would expose themselves to the spray as they were assured it was harmless and it was a way of cooling off. I was so looking forward to seeing him again at the 55th.  We lost a true Viking way too soon.   Semper Fi Vaughn.

12/20/15 04:45 PM #19    

Kathleen Mayne Gresh

I first met Vaughn in junior high school, and I was happy to talk with him at the reunion. I appreciate the posting of his obituary. I had lost contact with Vaughn after graduation. I am not surprised to read that he had a sucessful career and served as a marine. I wish to express my deepest sympathy to his family and close friends.

01/29/16 06:48 PM #20    

Linda Tope (Spelbring)

Vaughn was friendly and always had a smile for everyone. He was also the handsomest guy in the Class of 1964! He will be missed. I feel blessed that I got to visit with him at our 50th reunion.



01/23/20 03:29 AM #21    

Denis Quilligan Jr.

I grew up 1 block from Vaughn in Meadowlawn. We were on the Meadowlawn Little League All Star Team together. Vaughn was the catcher and I played 1st base We went to middle and high school together and were extremely close friends. I was in Mechanical Drawing Class with Vaughn and remember the unbelievable talent that he had for drawing home plans. I saw Vaughn at Sunset Beach when I moved back to Florida and shared a joint that he had offered. We walked the beach and I admired several beach homes that he had designed and built. I moved to Tampa to work teaching and administering tennis and lost touch. Sorry that I did not make any reunions to see him and other high school friends.
RIP Vaughn

Denis J Quilligan Jr

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