Wallace James Mccarthy, 2017

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Name
Wallace James /Mccarthy/
Given names
Wallace James
Nickname
Wally
Surname
Mccarthy
Death
May 31, 2017

Note: Obituary:

Obituary:

McCarthy died May 31 2017 at age 93 after a short illness.

“In a business that is so very competitive, Wally was beloved by everybody,” said Scott Lambert, president of the Minnesota Auto Dealers Association. “He had a big personality. Anything you did, if Wally was involved it was always more interesting.”

Born in Rush City, McCarthy grew up in Newport. After his mother died when he was 7, his father disappeared for most of McCarthy’s childhood.

“He basically raised himself,” Jason McCarthy said, with neighboring families providing occasional meals. McCarthy and other Depression-era kids would walk the railroad tracks, picking up coal that had fallen off trains and bringing it home for the heating stove.

When McCarthy entered the Navy during World War II, “he thought it was awesome,” his son said. “He had electricity, running water and regular meals.” McCarthy served in naval intelligence and learned accounting. After the war, he got a job keeping the books at a car dealer. That led him to sales and eventually, ownership of a used-car lot.

He bought Lindahl Olds in the early 1960s and quickly turned it into the flagship of Oldsmobile, selling thousands of cars each year.

“He was the king of Oldsmobile,” Jason McCarthy said. “The people at General Motors used to say he must have ‘Oldsmobile’ tattooed on his you-know-what.”

McCarthy was “a man’s man,” said Paul Rubin, his business partner for 15 years and now an owner of the White Bear Lake Superstore, a Buick and GMC dealer.

“He was a hunter, fisherman, golfer, tennis player,” Rubin said. “Anything he did, he wanted to be the best.”

But McCarthy’s competitive nature was paired with a friendly, generous spirit. His philosophy was that the people who came to buy cars weren’t customers — they were friends and family, said his son.

“My dad’s door was always wide open,” Jason McCarthy said. “It wouldn’t matter if he had the president of General Motors or the governor of Minnesota in his office. If a customer wanted to come in and shoot the breeze, he’d stop what he was doing.”

McCarthy stepped back from running his businesses about 10 years ago but continued to visit the showroom floor every day he was in town. “He was sitting in his chair two weeks ago,” Jason McCarthy said. “He’d say, ‘I want to have my finger on the pulse.’ ”

In addition to Jason, McCarthy is survived by children Julie Feldmann, Candi McCarthy, Melanie McCarthy and Tom McCarthy; special friend, JoAnna Bame; 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Family with Jane Louise Johnston
himself
wife
Jane Johnston
19402018
Birth: November 25, 1940 49Ramsey Co, Minnesota, USA
Death: September 12, 2018Hudson, St. Croix Co, Wisconsin, USA
child
Private
Bradley Michael Peters + Jane Louise Johnston
partner’s partner
Bradley Michael Peters
19371998
Birth: August 23, 1937 34 22St. Paul, Ramsey Co, Minnesota, USA
Death: May 18, 1998Dellwood, Washington Co, Minnesota, USA
wife
Jane Johnston
19402018
Birth: November 25, 1940 49Ramsey Co, Minnesota, USA
Death: September 12, 2018Hudson, St. Croix Co, Wisconsin, USA
step-son
Private
step-son
Private
Death

Obituary:

McCarthy died May 31 2017 at age 93 after a short illness.

“In a business that is so very competitive, Wally was beloved by everybody,” said Scott Lambert, president of the Minnesota Auto Dealers Association. “He had a big personality. Anything you did, if Wally was involved it was always more interesting.”

Born in Rush City, McCarthy grew up in Newport. After his mother died when he was 7, his father disappeared for most of McCarthy’s childhood.

“He basically raised himself,” Jason McCarthy said, with neighboring families providing occasional meals. McCarthy and other Depression-era kids would walk the railroad tracks, picking up coal that had fallen off trains and bringing it home for the heating stove.

When McCarthy entered the Navy during World War II, “he thought it was awesome,” his son said. “He had electricity, running water and regular meals.” McCarthy served in naval intelligence and learned accounting. After the war, he got a job keeping the books at a car dealer. That led him to sales and eventually, ownership of a used-car lot.

He bought Lindahl Olds in the early 1960s and quickly turned it into the flagship of Oldsmobile, selling thousands of cars each year.

“He was the king of Oldsmobile,” Jason McCarthy said. “The people at General Motors used to say he must have ‘Oldsmobile’ tattooed on his you-know-what.”

McCarthy was “a man’s man,” said Paul Rubin, his business partner for 15 years and now an owner of the White Bear Lake Superstore, a Buick and GMC dealer.

“He was a hunter, fisherman, golfer, tennis player,” Rubin said. “Anything he did, he wanted to be the best.”

But McCarthy’s competitive nature was paired with a friendly, generous spirit. His philosophy was that the people who came to buy cars weren’t customers — they were friends and family, said his son.

“My dad’s door was always wide open,” Jason McCarthy said. “It wouldn’t matter if he had the president of General Motors or the governor of Minnesota in his office. If a customer wanted to come in and shoot the breeze, he’d stop what he was doing.”

McCarthy stepped back from running his businesses about 10 years ago but continued to visit the showroom floor every day he was in town. “He was sitting in his chair two weeks ago,” Jason McCarthy said. “He’d say, ‘I want to have my finger on the pulse.’ ”

In addition to Jason, McCarthy is survived by children Julie Feldmann, Candi McCarthy, Melanie McCarthy and Tom McCarthy; special friend, JoAnna Bame; 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

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