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“My wife, Jackie, worked for Dottie for many enjoyable years as Assistant Town Clerk. Jackie always spoke of her as a dedicated professional, a good...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Dick Lathrop

“Sorry to hear about your mom. I wish I could have attended the service. ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: Francis Sweeney - Suffield, CT

“I worked with your mom at Helco - happy times! She was a lovely, fun lady! ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Norma Heslin Sweeney - CT

“I am so sorry for your loss. Dottie was the one I always went to when I was new at the Town Clerk business. She helped me with what to do and, more...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“I don't have enough loving or kind words for Dottie. From the Suffield Players to SCC where we played and won the Calcutta one year we shared...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Leslie Schrader - Smyrna, SC

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. So sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Mary Beth and Bob Prew ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: Mary Beth (Prew) Anderson - PA

“To the McCarty family and the Kaplan family, I am very sorry for your loss of your Mother, Sister, Sister In Law, Grandmother, cousin and everyone I...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Anne Kaplan - Mulberry, FL

“I am so sorry for your loss, Richard, Margaret, Kit, Betsy and family. Your mom truly was a wonderful person, and I hold fond memories of her over...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Marla Markowski Lindsay - MA

“Dottie exemplified the best of Suffield. She was born and raised in Town choosing to make it her lifetime home. She traveled extensively, but always...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Ellie Binns - Suffield, CT

“So sorry to hear of your loss. May she spread her wings and fly with your dad. ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Sharon (Gold) Godden - Tucson, AZ

“We are so sorry for your loss Kit and family. Your mom was an amazing woman. You are in our prayers. With deepest sympathy, Karen and Carl Bender ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“Dottie exemplified the best of Suffield. She was born and raised in Town choosing to make it her lifetime home. She traveled extensively, but...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Ellie Binns - Suffield, CT

“With deepest sympathy during this time of difficulty. ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Nicholson & Carmon Funeral Home - CT


Dorothy Kaplan McCarty, a lifelong resident of Suffield, died June 6, 2018. She was born December 20, 1930 in Springfield, MA, to the late Mary Baron Kaplan and Walter K. Kaplan. Before graduating from Suffield High School in 1948, Dorothy worked at the Suffield Pharmacy and at Suffield Town Hall. After her graduation from Bay Path Junior College in 1950, Dorothy was employed by The Hartford Electric Light Company as an editor for its magazine The Illuminator and received the Freedom Foundation of Valley Forge medal for her work there. While working in Hartford, Dorothy met her husband Richard R. (Dick) McCarty. They were married in 1956 and made their home in Suffield where they raised their four children. Dorothy leaves a legacy of service to the town she loved. She was President of both Bridge Street and Spaulding School PTO’s, was active in the Suffield Players (both onstage and off-), and served on the Board of the Kent Memorial Library, the Sacred Heart Church Building Committee, the Democratic Town Committee, and the Suffield Ethics and Charter Revision Committees. She was a Board Member of the former Enfield Federal Savings Bank, and was one of the first women members inducted into the Suffield Rotary Club, where she was eventually named a Paul Harris Fellow. Dorothy is perhaps best known for her service as Town Clerk of Suffield, an office she held for 19 years. During her tenure, she oversaw the Town’s record-keeping through a time of great change, and as a testament to her efficiency and effectiveness in the position, was ultimately endorsed by both political parties in subsequent elections. Dorothy will be remembered as an avid theatre-goer, and she enjoyed music of all kinds, especially as a season ticket-holder of the Hartford Symphony. She enjoyed traveling, was a voracious reader, and loved playing golf with her husband and fellow “Ladies of the Evening.” One of her proudest achievements was the hole-in-one she shot at the Suffield Country Club. Dorothy will also be remembered as a devoted mother who instilled in her children a love of learning and the arts. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband and brothers Lawrence and Thomas and is survived by her brother Walter Kaplan of Mendon, MA, and her children: Betsy Carr and her husband Patrick of Langhorne, PA; Kit Kassel and her husband Paul of Geneva, IL; Richard McCarty and his wife Anne of Plantsville, CT; and Margaret McCarty and her husband Mark Baumhardt of Wakefield, MA. She leaves nine grandchildren: Maggie, Brendan, and Matthew Carr; Sarah and Mary Kassel; Rich and Sam McCarty; and Zachariah and Alexandra Baumhardt, as well as her sisters-in-law Irene, Janice, and Colleen Kaplan, niece, nephews, godchildren and many other family members and friends. Her family will receive friends Sunday, June 10, 2018 from 4-8 PM at Nicholson & Carmon Funeral Home, 443 East St. N. (Rt. 159), Suffield. Family and friends may gather Monday, June 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 10:00 AM, at Sacred Heart Church, Suffield. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Suffield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of the Kent Memorial Library, the Suffield Historical Society, or the Suffield Land Conservancy.