Monday, May 27, 2024


Patricia M. McCarthy, 76

Patricia M. McCarthy, a longtime resident of Westport, died May 31 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 76.

Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, she graduated from Staples High School in 1961 and Carlow University in 1965.

She began her career as a speech pathologist in Baltimore, lived abroad for several years and raised two children.

In 1989, Patricia turned her love of books into a business, co-founding Cornell & McCarthy, an agency that represented illustrators specializing in artwork for children’s books.

With her co-founder Merial Cornell, Patricia was excited to form a women-owned business, run out of Patricia’s Westport home, that allowed her to work with artists she loved and gave her the flexibility to care for her children. Patrica retired from the business in 2014. 

She is survived by daughter Shannon McCarthy, of Milford, and her husband Justin Pirrello; her son, Ryan McCarthy and his wife Eva, of Brooklyn, New York; her sister, Peggy Monsarrat and her husband Grant, both of Easton; and grandchildren Rory and Lily Pirrello.

The family suggests memorial contributions should be made to Warrick Dunn Charities, an organization that helps single mothers in need.        

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