Bradford — Joan P. (Hefferan) McCarthy, 80, of the Bradford section of Haverhill, died Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at the Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Born in Haverhill, she was the daughter of the late, Frank J. and Georgina (Bousfield) Hefferan. Educated in Haverhill she was a graduate of Haverhill High School, Class of 1952, and married her late husband, Robert J. McCarthy in 1953.
For thirty years Mrs. McCarthy was employed as an operator and directory assistance for the New England Telephone Company, retiring in 1997. During her retirement she delivered Meals on Wheels for the City of Haverhill and volunteered at the Senior Citizens Center. She enjoyed traveling, especially with her siblings and some cousins, as they would vacation together in Florida.
She leaves her sons; James J. McCarthy and his wife, Eileen, of Andover, Daniel M. McCarthy and his wife, Paula, of Atkinson, NH, and Robert McCarthy and his wife, Kristine, of Haverhill, two daughters; Ann Costa, of Andover, Maine, and Jane McCarthy, of Peru, Maine. She also leaves behind her beloved grandchildren; David, Elissa, Tricia, and Will Abruzzese, of Virginia, John, Ciara, Caite, Ruby, Lily, Patrick, Michael McCarthy, Mark, and Stephen Costa; great grandchildren, Connor and Ethan, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter Ellen Abruzzese in 2009.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services for Mrs. McCarthy are private. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main St. Haverhill. If you wish to send condolences, please visit Comeau Funeral Home on Facebook.