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Artak Nicholas “Nick” McCarthy

August 19, 2015

Artak Nicholas “Nick”  “Russian” McCarthy, 23, Emmett, was killed in an automobile accident Wednesday, August 19, 2015 near Mayetta.


He was born July 26, 1992 at Krasnodar, Russia.  He was adopted and moved to the St. Marys community in 2000.


Nick was a carpenter and worked in construction.  He was a member of Assumption Chapel in St. Marys.  He loved to volunteer and was always there to help anyone at any time. He was a very outgoing young man.


Survivors include his father, Charles McCarthy; his mother, Sabrina Cruz; siblings, Amanda Meyer, Christopher, Therese, Patrick, Annamarie, David, Joseph, Benedict, and Brendan McCarthy: a grandmother, Linda Brown.


Requiem Mass will be at 7:15 A.M. Friday, August 28, 2015 at Assumption Chapel in St. Marys.  A rosary will be recited at 5:20 P.M. Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Assumption Chapel.  Interment will be in Our Lady Of Peace Cemetery, St. Marys.

Nick will lie in state from 2:00 until 4:30 pm Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Nicholas’s name to help offset funeral expenses and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536.

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7 thoughts on “Artak Nicholas “Nick” McCarthy

  1. Nick, I was thinking of you today. I moved to St. Mary’s in 2008. You played volleyball with my daughter at the park. I first saw you in a group of boys clad in school uniforms, ties loosened and sleeves rolled sauntering outside a shop in search of a cold drink on that sweltering day in early fall. I was immediately drawn to you and intrigued. You had immensely kind eyes and a sweet shy smile. You stayed in touch with my daughter for years, usually calling at the most ungodly hours, but I didn’t care. When my girl called me and told me you died I was heartbroken. I always thought you two would marry…I would have loved you as a son-in-law. But alas God had other plans. I pray for you often I hope you are at peace.

  2. We are so sorry to hear of the tragic death of Nick. He was always a good friend to our James in their younger years. Even though they lost touch w/ one another in their growing up years, any time James or we ran into him he always had a cheerful wave, a smile and always asked us, how was James. We will always have good memories of Nick and will pray for the repose of his soul and have a Mass said for him. A priest told us when we lost a son, God only gives crosses to those he loves, the bigger the cross, the more he loves you. We are keeping Nick and all of you in our prayers. God Bless.

  3. took me a week or so to actually cry over your death. took me a week to realize you’re in the ground now. buried away in the dirt. never to walk again or show emotion to the people around you. youre just a memory now. something no one under the age of 70 deserves. just at the age of 23. i want to personally apologize for your death. though it isnt my fault, but because you could never get the justice you deserve for the one who killed you. to make up for the apology that will never be delivered. you where a beloved friend,son and child of god who deserved nothing more then a fate of happiness and health despite the flaws that youre born with or the sins you committed. im sorry you had to live your entire life in saint marys ks. its sad. im sad because such a young person has been taken from this earth. i considered you a close friend of mine since we met when i was 14 that now being seven years ago and so many others cared about you too. and yes your question you asked years ago “will you still remember me after im dead?” still haunts me. and yes. everyone will. we will all remember you. another thing you told me that i remember is “youre lucky to have gotten out of saint marys alive” sadly you are also the painful reminder of the sharp knife of a short life that can happen and that life is a gift that can be short lived and can be stricken from us by others in the worst of ways.the only thing left to do now with our lives is pray for the dead, do the best we can, love the ones around us, and be better people, because tomorrow could be our last day.to think we spoke just months back when you wished me congratulations on my marriage and said “im so happy you finally found someone to make you happy. if anyone deserves to be happy. its you. youre the most deserving girl ive ever known” that ment alot. and you deserved to find a wife and have kids and a house in california. you deserved to have that happiness that not only i but many others deserve. you deserved a long life. i hope youre in a happier place now nick. god bless your soul

  4. We are so sorry for your family’s loss. We did not know Nick personally, but know some of his siblings. Our prayers are with you all.

    Jami and Shawn Hladky, Caleb, Cassi, Faith, and Toby

  5. Iam so sorry to hear of your loss nick was a very outstanding young man who will never be forgotten my kids met nick shortly after he came here in 2000 to live and my daughter was real close to nick its hard to find words to say i just want you to know we love him and always will if u guys should need anything please let us know

  6. So sorry to hear about your dear son Nicholas. It has to be heart breaking. It is very hard to imagine what you must be going through. If you need anything then please let us know. We will most definitively keep ALL of you in our prayers. If there is anything we can do PLEASE let us know. Your former neighbors T & T

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