House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) recalled the life and character of his father, Owen McCarthy, in a touching Father’s Day video posted to Twitter.
In a tweet posted Sunday morning, McCarthy recounted the life of his father, who served his community as a firefighter and passed away from cancer at the age of 58.
“My dad was a firefighter who lost his life to cancer when he was 58, but even in the midst of his battle, he always kept a positive attitude,” the House minority leader wrote in the tweet. “I miss him every day.”
McCarthy said in the video that during his father’s fight with cancer he retained his positive outlook on life and still held his job as a fireman close to his heart, even “taking a ride down the street” on a firetruck as it was responding to a call, chemo treatment IV bag in hand.
“You could never take the fireman out of him,” said McCarthy.
Watch the video here:
My dad was a firefighter who lost his life to cancer when he was 58, but even in the midst of his battle, he always kept a positive attitude. I miss him every day. pic.twitter.com/ZD8LqYUOyE
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) June 16, 2019
The House minority leader continued on to say that, while his dad’s “attitude was amazing,” the thing he “miss[ed] the most” about his father was his “sense of humor” and his “laughter,” recalling that he would “get to telling a story and laughing where he couldn’t finish it.”
“I wish on this Father’s Day that I could just hear that laugh one more time,” added McCarthy.
Other Republican lawmakers honored their dads with tweets on Father’s Day, too.
My dad got Polio at 7, lost his father weeks later to cancer, woke up at 430am for 2 hr trip to work each day when I was a kid, watched his only son battle cancer & I never heard him complain… Married to my mom for 51 years, a deacon, a public servant. Thanks, Pop. #FathersDay pic.twitter.com/oNLoDqjDn4
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) June 16, 2019
Freshman Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) shared a picture of him and his father, saying that he “never heard” his dad “complain” in the face of polio as a child and “watch[ing] his only son battle cancer.”
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 16, 2019
Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) also shared a picture of him and his father with comedian Larry the Cable Guy from his show at Republic Country Club and BBQ.