Charles “Charlie” Thomas McCoy, 85, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away on October 9, 2020. He was surrounded by his four daughters and niece, Eileen Duffy, as he peacefully went to Heaven. Dad lived a full life – nobody would deny that! He was born in Brooklyn, NY and was Brooklyn through and through. Despite living in Arizona for over 45 years, he never lost his thick accent and could hear and spot a “Brooklynite” from a mile away.
He was active his entire life and enjoyed many hobbies including cooking, camping, sailing, boating, and fixing just about anything. After not being on the water for over 15 years, he found joy in it again following Mom’s death. He purchased a houseboat at Lake Pleasant at the age of 80 and the lake became his second home. Not long thereafter, he added a spiffy red jetboat behind his houseboat…at the age of 82. Dad never let age slow him down! At Pleasant Harbor Marina, everybody knew and loved Charlie and he was the life of the party.
He was a wonderful and supportive father who led by example, always willing to help others in need. Among his nieces and nephews, he was the favorite uncle, friend, and surrogate father for many. His most cherished role was Papa and Great Papa to his grand and great grandchildren. Charlie was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Eileen, grandchildren Matthew and Tricia Dorrell, and many additional loved ones.
He is survived by his four daughters Anne, Theresa, Noreen (Barney) Wintergalen, and Carrie (Clarence) Boulais; his grandchildren Andrew, Kevin, Katy, Charlie, and Will; his great grandchildren Nicholas, Lily, Sean, Hailey, Caleb, Kiara, Avelin, and Norah; his sister-in-law’s Nancy and Anne Hannahoe; along with many extended family members and dear friends.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation to Hope & a Future (azhope.org), a charitable organization near and dear to the children of his beloved first grandchild, Tricia Dorrell.
Visitation will be from 5-6:00 PM with a Rosary held at 6:00 PM on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Friday, October 16, 2020 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 2312 E. Campbell Avenue, Phoenix. Burial will take place immediately following the mass at St. Francis Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix. Condolences and Hugs from Home may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com.
Im so incredibly sorry to the McCoys for their loss. Pop McCoy was like a second father to me and will be greatly missed. I cherish all the memories of time spent w the fam just eating delicious food prepared by pop, spending holidays together , sailing together, making me laugh all the time, hanging out in San Diego and so much more. Pop McCoy sure touched a lot of our lives and will be missed.
What a wonderful way to remember Uncle Charlie! I’m so glad he had you ask with him. And I’m so glad I’ll be able to share time with you all this week. I love you very much!
Sister Clare Kelleher
My love and prayers for Charlie and for all his family. God bless you. Aunt Clare, FSP
The great Sir Charles! Gone to his reward, but never forgotten. We love you and know you are shaking things up in Heaven! There is a new Sheriff in town, lol.
Kathy and Rex Jorgensen
To you and your entire family, Noreen, we send our love and sincere condolences. You are all so fortunate to have had such a wonderful man in your lives who helped create such lasting memories. God bless!
Hello Uncle Charlie & Family!! Sending all our love from Atlanta! Until next time my friend….Chris, Melanie & Addison
Uncle Charlie was always there when you needed him. Willing to give advice and help you with any problems you may have. You name it he could fix it . A true Master of all Trades. As a youngster he built the bedrooms we slept in.
I will miss Lord Charles for the rest of my life. He was always the life of the party, getting people to have fun was his mission in life. Besides taking care of his lovely daughters and beautiful Wife. He touched some many lives in a positive way. Yes Uncle Charlie could be Salty sometimes it comes with the territory. He grew up on the tough streets of Brooklyn, you had better been a little skeptical and salty or you would not have made it to 85! He outlived all of my other Aunts and Uncles, because he loved LIFE and living his LIFE! We are all better having been part of his Wonderful life. God Bless Lord Charles and his beautiful loving Family!!!!!