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Stephen W. McCarty
August 22, 1947 ~ February 3, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Stephen William McCarty on February 3, 2024. Born August 22, 1947 in Salem, Illinois, Stephen (Steve) McCarty was the only child of Sam W. McCarty (Benton, IL) and Helen Clara Ankersheil (Salem, IL). Steve’s fondest childhood memories were taking family vacations to Florida beaches, seeing Elvis Presley live in concert (three times), and going to St. Louis Cardinals games.
Steve graduated from Salem Community High School in 1965 and went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Southern Illinois University in 1969. While medically exempt from serving in the military, Steve was encouraged by his father to continue his studies and to pursue a law degree which he received from University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 1972. While attending college, Steve supported the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement and engaged with the Students for a Democratic Society. These were catalysts for him in finding his calling; to use his education to help lift up the impoverished. From this this point on, Steve would dedicate the rest of his life to helping people.
His legal career started in 1975, serving as City Attorney for the City of Rockford. It was here he met his wife, Kathleen Mackey (Beloit, WI). The couple married in 1979 and had a daughter, Natalie Marie, in 1982. After practicing law for several renowned law firms in the Rockford area, Steve launched his private law practice in 1992 for which he worked tirelessly in establishing himself as one of the areas leading disability and social security attorneys for the next 25 years.
Steve loved music, politics, film, theater, and the St. Louis Cardinals. Starting in the late 1970’s, Steve was a well-known actor with Rockford’s New American Theater group until the 1990’s. He garnered an eclectic vinyl record collection that grew to over 10,000 records.
Donations in his memory can be made to The Rockford Rescue Mission, a local organization to which he was a generous benefactor for over 50 years. Harry Crane and Matt Swan - the best Uncle Don; your friendships lit up his life. In honor of Tim Considine (Belvidere, IL) www.rockfordrescuemission.org/donate