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Joseph McCartney

April 12, 1944 - March 11, 2018

U.S. Veteran

Army Veteran of the 101st Airborne Division


Service Date: March 17, 2018

In Lieu of Flowers: None

Obituaries » Joseph McCartney

Joseph “Joe” McCartney, 73, passed away on Sunday March 11, 2018, with his wife at his side, after a valiant 2-year battle with metastatic lung cancer.

Joe was born on April 12, 1944 to Neil and Clara (Burgess) McCartney. He grew up in West Orange and graduated from Mountain High School. A gifted athlete, Joe played on the football, basketball, baseball and track teams at Mountain. In his senior year he was named to the all city, all county and all state teams for football. He went on to play football at Western State College, Gunnison, CO where he played in the Mineral Bowl. He was named to the West Orange Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994 and to the Western State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017. He was also an honoree at the Old Timers Day at Colgate Field in 1995. Joe also loved to play golf and shot a hole in one on September 23, 2013.

Joe served in the Army as a member of the 101st Airborne Division and served for 2 tours in Vietnam.

Most important to Joe was his family. He loved participating in his girls’ activities, having family over for holidays and enjoyed nothing more than playing with his grandchildren. He is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Rosemary (Malba), his adored daughters and their husbands, Kathryn “Katie” and Chad Wax and Kelly and Kevin Donohue and his cherished grandchildren Amelia and Owen Donohue and Michael Wax. He leaves behind his sister Eileen McLaughlin and brother James and his in laws Ann McCartney, Bob Ball, Gene McCartney, Arlete DaSilva, Hilda McCartney, Michael and Nancy Malba and Vince and Terri Malba. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Joe was predeceased by his parents, siblings Patrick, Barbara and Bob Crate, Ronnie and Pete Mills, Patricia Ball, Neil and Billy and his sister in law Flo McCartney.

The world has lost a kind, loving, amazing man. He will be terribly missed.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral at 8:30 a.m Saturday March 17, 2018 from the Par-Troy Funeral Home with his Liturgy of Christian Burial 9:30am at St. Rose of Lima RC Church, 312 Ridgedale Ave, East Hanover. Entombment: Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm at the Par-Troy Funeral Home 95 Parsippany Road, Parsippany (973) 887-3235 or visit us at