James Palmer McCarthy, “Shamus”

November 20th, 2021

James Palmer McCarthy, “Shamus”, age 34, of Pittsburgh, PA, formerly of Dracut, passed away unexpectedly on November 13, 2021.

Shamus was born on August 15, 1987, in Stoneham, MA; he was the only son of the late James F. McCarthy, III and Rachel Palmer McCarthy. Shamus was raised in Dracut and graduated from Greater Lowell Technical High School.

Shamus worked as a cook at several restaurants wherever he was living because he loved to travel and explore. Only recently settling in Pittsburgh for his next adventure. He was an animal lover who had a variety of animals during his life, most recently his dog Travis, who he loved so very much. His true passion was music, Punk music above all. He was once part of a band called the Outciders and was actively part of the Punk scene. He traveled as far as Tokyo to listen to the greatest bands and meet the most amazing people. Shamus truly lived more in his 34 years than most do in their lifetime.

Shamus will be remembered for his loving nature, outgoing personality, and his generosity. Shamus was the guy who called on your birthday every year and sang happy birthday to you because it was what his Mom used to do. We were all lucky to have known Shamus and will miss him dearly.

Shamus was the beloved nephew of Douglas Palmer of Brewster, MA, Christine Palmer Taylor & her husband Bruce of Cheshire, CT, Jeffrey Palmer & his wife Karen Wolley Palmer of Manchester, NH, the late Richard Palmer, Jr. & his wife Ann Holbrook Palmer of Lunenburg, Joyce M. Kehoe of Melrose and Daniel McCarthy and his wife, Amanda of Medford, loving cousin of Nicholas Palmer, Daniel Palmer, Katie Palmer, Joseph Palmer, Maeve Taylor, Richard Graeme Taylor, Tracey Viselli & her husband Michael. Shamus is also survived by his girlfriend Samantha Ninni and his beloved dog, Travis, his extended family, as well as many special friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, November 26th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, November 27th from 10:00 -12:00 noon immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon.


10 Entries in Guest Book for “James Palmer McCarthy, “Shamus””

  1. Karen M Wolley- Palmer says:

    My dearest nephew I am so sad that you are
    gone. I hope you are finally at peace. Love you Shamus.

  2. Carlie margossian says:

    Shamus has been a good friend for the past 15 years. We both lived in Boston,Oakland CA,and Pittsburgh together. Shamus was a loving friend. There was never a dull moment with shamus. I cherished every moment with shamus no matter what the situation was. Whatever help shamus needed I always was there for him. A week before his passing we shared a deep conversation about how much he meant to everyone and how he had so much support and Love through out everything’s he’s been through, and how lucky he was. He knew how much I loved him and I’m glad I got to say that. Love you forever shamus. I really was looking forward to both our fresh starts in Pittsburgh, he was my closest friend in this new city.

  3. Sara Jane says:

    Shamus and I share the same birthday and ever since he told me that I always would wish him a happy birthday in my head first thing when I woke up and then I would send him a message. He reached out when he was feeling low or feeling proud, and I would always tell him he was so loved and that he was doing great. I always welcomed Shamus’ realness, no matter where he was in life, and no matter what the subject of conversation was, it always ended with huge laughs and love. Shamus, you incredible creature, I’ll forever celebrate you on our birthday.

  4. Elaine says:

    I am one of the many lucky people in this world to call Shamus my friend. Shamus was responsible for introducing me to my best friends who would be become my band mates in Saint Ripper and was even in the original line up when we only had one song and called ourselves Nail Mary. He cooked many delicious dinners when we lived together and he was always into cooking and grilling for friends. The last time I saw Shamus was the day after Biff’s funeral, we went swimming in Turtle Pond with some other friends and I will always cherish this memory. I am grateful I got to tell him how much I love him and give him a big hug. Shamus will be forever remembered for the impact he made in everyone’s life who knew him and I will think of him often.

  5. Valerie Scott-Keys says:

    Shamus, I’ll never forget singing the Danzig shopping list with you and Screaming YAAAMS. It never got old. Or watching shakira videos till the sun came up. The countless shows, twerking attempts, endless nights, endless fun. The frying pan incident. The elephant thong. Drawing on your butt. Laughing until i lost my voice. You remain one of my all time favorites. You were the best kind of friend… anyone who knew you, KNEW. My memories of you will replay in my mind forever. I can still hear the way your voice would crack when you spoke. I’m gutted. I love you my friend.

  6. Kristen Payne says:

    I’ll always regard Shamus as my little brother. Love you forever my friend.

  7. Jecka Bedard says:

    Shamus, a dear friend who never hesitated to open up and share his whole world with his people. I feel so lucky to have met you and your family/friends, and I’m extremely grateful to hold such wonderful and strange memories. I miss you, and Rachel, and Biff so much. I hope you are together again now, and resting easy. Love you. Shamus Forever.

  8. Lauren says:

    Shamus was like my little Irish brother, I never had an unkind word to say about him and was always happy to see him. We checked in often and recently he told me how happy he was to be living on his own in Pittsburgh and starting a new band with his friends. I told him how good he was doing and don’t stop. . He loved his friends and would go out of his way to help anyone he called a friend. I’m really going to miss him.

  9. Amanda Toupin says:

    Rest Easy Shamus. I will miss you and you will never be forgotten.
    I was lucky to know Shamus and
    his parents Rachel and Biff McCarthy
    I met Shamus in Dracut when we were teens , we dated a few years later. His parents become second parents to me. They were some of the most loving and accepting people I have ever met. I am grateful to have seen how much love was in that family. I am glad to have been there for Shamus through Rachel’s sickness and loss .I hope in some way the family is together again.
    From Dracut ,Shamus and I moved to Boston together where he introduced me to some of my most treasured friends today
    and I will always be grateful for that .
    Shamus loved to cook for his loved ones , just like his parents.
    One my favorite memories, Shamus with a deep fryer.
    Frying LITERALLY everything he could . Feeding us and making us laugh while doing it. This is what I will remember from Shamus and his parents . Love hard and Have Fun ,Have an open heart and Take Risks .

    Shamus I’m glad you lived Big and touched so many lives . you will always have a place in my heart .

  10. Jay Davis says:

    Shamus, I’m going to miss you. You were one of my best friends. We had so many awesome times together, and I will cherish those memories forever. From running around the country together, to sleeping head to toe on many couches, to being Easter bunnies together at the mall. The world lost a really great dude. And I lost a really good friend. See you again someday Shamus. Love you.

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