In Loving Memory Ellen McCarthy

March 02, 1941
New York, New York
July 23, 2019
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


St. Anthony of Padua Church

Mass of Christian Burial

149 South Pine Creek Road,
CT 06824

Saturday, July 27, 2019 10:30am


Oak Lawn Cemetery

1530 Bronson Road,
CT 06824

July 27, 2019

Family Gathering


Bridgeport Hospital Foundation Nursing Education Fund

267 Grant Street,
CT 06610

Ellen McCarthy

Ellen McCarthy, age 78, of Fairfield, passed away peacefully on July 23rd at Bridgeport Hospital, where she was surrounded by her family and loving friends. Born in New York City, the daughter of the late William and Catherine Daly, Ellen had been a Fairfield resident since 1975. She received her nursing degree from St. Vincent’s School of Nursing in New York and her BSN from the University of San Francisco. Ellen worked tirelessly as an Oncology Nurse for over 30 years at Bridgeport Hospital until her recent retirement. She was a mentor to nursing students throughout her career, which she considered her vocation, and a beloved colleague and caregiver. She traveled extensively throughout her life, was an avid reader, a passionate decorator, and when at home loved to garden and take long walks. She was a devoted grandmother, and spending time with her grandchildren brought her endless joy. Survivors include three beloved children, Luke McCarthy and his fiancée Jennifer Shepard, Liam McCarthy and his wife Stefania, and Nell Daly; five grandchildren, Helen, Kathleen, Dusty, Gwendolyn, and Beaudyn; her sister, Catherine Daly, and many loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Marie Courtney, and her brother, Daniel Daly. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 27th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 149 South Pine Creek Road, Fairfield. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, friends may consider a donation in Ellen’s memory to the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation, Nursing Education Fund, 267 Grant Street, Bridgeport, CT 06610. For information or to offer an online condolence please visit

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13 Guestbook Entries for Ellen McCarthy

  1. May the memories of your loved one give you comfort and support at this time of bereavement. With sincere regards, Doris

  2. My cherished friend and colleague. You will be sadly missed by so many. Your guidance and support helped so many become exceptional nurses and caregivers. I thank you for being a part of my life.

  3. My thoughts and prayers go out to my cousins and their families.
    My aunt was a loving woman, that always showed so much compassion each moment I was lucky enough to share with her.
    I know my Aunt Ellen and my mom will be side by side in Heaven continuing to guide all of us…

  4. May you forever Rest In Peace. You will be missed dearly. I am so honored to have shared my WT 7 career with you. You were an amazing mentor and a beautiful friend. My deepest condolences to your much loved family. You always shared how important your family was to you. God bless.

  5. My thoughts and prayers go to Ellen’s family. She was a wonderful nurse whom I had the pleasure of working with for many years.

  6. I am honored to have known you for so many years. You have shaped the lives of so many of us that were blessed to have worked with you. Your compassion for the cancer patients you cared for is something we all strive to attain. The tears we have all shed over losing you is only eclipsed by the smiles and joy over having had the pleasure of you in our lives. God blessed us with your presence in our lives at Bridgeport Hospital. RIP Ellen.

  7. Keeping you all in my heart & prayers. Ellen had an amazing life & was a role model for many. She will always live on in the many people whose lives she helped & loved.

  8. I considered myself honoured to have known such a wonderful, caring and giving person. Your mentor ship and guidance in my career has helped shaped the nurse I am today. You are truly a blessing and I am and an inspiration. You will be forever missed
    With love and sincere Sympathy
    Maria & Raymond

  9. Liam,
    Our condolences to you and your family.
    During the time you and Brett were students at Amherst your mother was so kind and reassuring when Brett was hospitalized with a pending surgery. All these years later I still remember her relieving my anxiety. You certainly were blest to have her .
    Suzanne and Joe Sousa

  10. Those we love will always be remembered. Ellen inspired me with her tireless efforts to ensure her patients was cared for. . I was privileged to work with Ellen on wt7 for 8 years. Rest in peace my beautiful friend..