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Diane M. McCarthy (Robards)

Tuesday, September 21st, 1954 - Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
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Diane Marie Robards McCarthy, loving wife and mother, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.
Diane was born on September 21st, 1954, in Newton, MA to Robert Robards and Blanche Akemon. She married Martin McCarthy II on March 16th, 1980. Together, they had a son, Martin McCarthy III.
Diane worked for the Newton Police Department for more than 40 years as a crossing guard, doing something she truly loved: keeping children safe. She was best known for her quick wit, wonderful sense of humor, and her kind and compassionate heart. She will be missed by all whose lives she touched.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert, her mother, Blanche, her sister, Michelle, and her brother, Donald. She is survived by her husband Martin, her son Martin, her brothers John, Jim, and Stephen, her sister Linda, and her daughter-in-law Sharon, as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, November 4th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm
    Monday, November 4th, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
    Burke & Blackington Funeral Home
    1479 Washington St.
    West Newton, MA 02465
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  • Service

    Monday, November 4th, 2019 | 6:00pm
    Monday, November 4th, 2019 6:00pm
    Burke & Blackington Funeral Home
    1479 Washington St.
    West Newton, MA 02465
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Megan Young

Posted at 03:17pm
Diane was the highlight of my morning. Even when we arrived at the crosswalk before her scheduled time Diane would get out of her car and cross us. She had a big smile and hello for my daughter Caroline. Every morning as we would get close to the crosswalk Caroline would say "lets look for Diane." Diane made sure our kids were safe and this was her utmost priority. She knew how things were going in our lives and then remembered stories and asked me about them later. I already miss her very much.

Kaitlin Brandt

Posted at 09:34am
Seeing Diane every morning and afternoon as I crossed to Angier was a bright part of my day. She knew my kids and commented as they grew, and she always had a cheerful smile and a warm greeting. She was such an important part of our community and I feel her loss every time I pass her spot on Beacon Street. My kids and I will miss her.

Patsy Boston

Posted at 12:24pm
Diane touched the lives of many people, adults, kids and animals alike. People from the area and from far away. I was a nanny to a lovely girl in the area and Diane helped us cross every day. Thanking her for her exceptional cross walk service, she always replied with a heart warming, “You’re welcome.” I will always remember her for her kindness, good conversation and making sure every being was able to cross the street safely in rain, shine or snow. Sending love from a nanny from another town. She has touched my heart and I’m deeply saddened to no longer hear her voice saying, “Ok, now go ahead.” Thanks for everything Diane. You were a big part of my day.

-Patsy Boston
Hudson, MA

Brad Wand

Posted at 10:56am
I'm very sorry for your loss. Diane will be missed. I walked by her everyday on my way to the T and she always had a warn greeting for me. Last year on a cold winter morning she saw me walking without a hat. I told her that I had left it on the T the following week. She said that she had an extra hat and would give it to me if I wanted. She was very kind.

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