In Memory of




Obituary for Madeline McCarthy (Bibby)

Anna “Madeline” McCarthy
September 17, 1912 – December 11, 2018

McCarthy, Anna “Madeline” passed away peacefully in the early morning of December 11, 2018 at Burnbrae Gardens in Campbellford, Ontario. She was 106. Beloved mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, Madeline is survived by her son John Bolton (Elaine), grandchildren Cindy, Mike (Judy), Christina (Ron) and Don (Edith), several great grandchildren and 1 great, great granddaughter, her sister Gert Beharriell and many nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by husbands Joe Bolton and Ferg McCarthy, son Michael Bolton and sisters Margaret Calnan, Frances Kelleher, and Helen Haig, and brothers George, Jim and Thomas (infant) Bibby.

Madeline grew up in Campbellford and recalled taking a horse and buggy to Campbellford District High School. Upon completing high school in 1929, she went to work at Swift’s Meats. Madeline married Joe Bolton in September 1937 and together they raised two sons and ran businesses on the English Line and in Hastings. In 1950, Joe and Madeline left the area when they bought the Northbrook Hotel in Northbrook. They ran it together until 1965 when they retired to their beloved farm on the 12th Line in Dummer Township. Sadly, Joe passed away six months later. Madeline remarried in 1969 and she and husband Ferg McCarthy lived on the farm sharing a love of gardening, bird watching, and family. Ferg passed away in 1992 and Madeline remained on the farm until the spring of 2009 when she moved to “town” to live at the Mapleview Retirement Residence in Norwood. In 2013, Dummer Township named “Madeline Lane” in her honour.

“Maddie” spent the last 5 years of her life at Burnbrae Gardens where she was popular with fellow residents and staff members. In September 2018, Omni Health Care presented Madeline with a lifetime achievement award.

There will be no funeral service. A celebration of Madeline’s long life, well lived will be planned in the spring during lilac time. Cremation has occurred. In memory of Madeline, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at

Friends and family will gather to celebrate the the long and wonderful life of Madeline (nee Bibby) Bolton McCarthy (September 17, 1912 - December 11, 2018) on May 26, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. in the Millennium Room of the Norwood Community Centre, 88 Alma Street, Norwood, Ontario.