Sara L. McCoy of Uxbridge, MA died serenely on Sun. Aug. 26, 2012 in the company of her loved ones at the Ichabod Washburn Hospice Residence in Worcester.
Born in Rockville Centre, NY on Oct. 6, 1958 to Thomas F. and Marjorie (Behan) McCoy. Sara was an extraordinary athlete in her youth, partaking in every available sport – particularly basketball and softball. A Type 1 diabetic since childhood, she drew on the skills and values of teamwork and sportsmanship to prevail over her many debilitating illnesses and injuries in the last fifteen years of her life. At the time of her death, Sara had been in alcohol recovery for 19 1/2 years and had recently given up a lifetime of cigarette smoking.
Sara was courageous, hilarious, generous and irreverent and she was completely devoted to her family and friends. She loved music, dancing and family parties. Her raucous laugh and quick wit, once experienced, can never be forgotten.
In her later years, Sara became a role model and inspiration to all who watched as she faced head-on the struggles her life presented. She had the fierce strength to openly and unapologetically love all whom she loved. Most dearly, Sara loved Cindy Scherer, her college friend and teammate whom she legally married in June 2004. Their bond is eternal.
Cindy and the rest of Sara’s family express their deep gratitude and admiration to all the staff at UMASS Medical Center, particularly to the Department of Renal Transplant, 3 Lakeside ICU, Dennis Tighe, MD and Suzanna Makowski, MD. We thank, as well, the staffs of Tri-River Family Health Center, Milford Regional Medical Center, the CVS pharmacy in Uxbridge, particularly Ed Szczepanikz, Gwen Daigneault and Cindy’s niece, Emily Feen a former pharmacy employee and the Uxbridge Fire Department Paramedics, particularly Kevin Feen for their compassionate, skilled service to Sara in the most trying and challenging of circumstances. In addition, we thank the Milford Visiting Nurses Association and Muriel B. Patterson, Sara’s social worker and counselor in the last months of her life. The Ichabod Washburn Hospice Residence and Rev. Charles Monroe blessed us all with their tender care and concern.
Sara reserved her most profound thanks for Dr. P.Y. Fan, Medical Director of the UMass Renal Transplant Program and her long-time primary care physician, Dr. Karen Peterson: “You guys are the greatest!”
Sara’s family extends its thanks as well to the administration and staff of MAPFRE/Commerce Insurance, Cindy’s employer which steadfastly supported Cindy and Sara in every way throughout the years. Our unending gratitude to Linda and Jerry Baillargeon for being the best of neighbors and friends.
In addition to her wife Cindy, and her four-footed companions, Ella Bella, Hero and Livvy, Sara lives on through her siblings Tosk (Nancy), Marjorie, Christine (Robert), Andrew (Mealan) and Jane (Tom); nieces, Melissa (Kevin), Anna (Ryan), Sarah (Brandon), Chrissy (Adam), Julie and Janie (Tony); nephews, Bobby and Tom (Jennie); grandniece, Abigail; grandnephews, Mason and Marcus and a little nugget due in Feb. 2013. She is also survived by Cindy’s equally large and loving family; Cindy’s sister Annie has always been Cindy’s rock during difficult times.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish to celebrate Sara are encouraged to contribute to the UMass Transplant Patient Assistance Fund (TPAF). Donations may be made by sending checks payable to “UMMF” with “TPAF” noted in the memo section of the check to: UMASS Medical School/UMASS Memorial Development Office, 333 South St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545. A celebration of Sara’s life will be held at a later date.
In her last days, Sara challenged us to continue living and loving to the fullest despite all obstacles. We do so, remembering and following her exuberant lead.