O’Shea McCarthy was a talented artist and musician who devoted himself to his music, said his mother, Heather McCarthy.
“You never saw him without his headphones and his computer,” she said. “When he was growing up, his bedroom was kind of like a recording studio.”
O’Shea Patrick McCarthy, 24, of Griffith, died Oct. 23. He was a student at Purdue University West Lafayette, where he was studying earth and atmospheric science.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his father, Darrin McCarthy, and brother, Patrick McCarthy.
He loved all types of music, and his computer had thousands of music files on it. He listened to everything from Bette Midler to obscure British disc jockeys, his mother said, always trying to find inspiration for his next original composition.
He grew up playing the piano and then the guitar, but was a jazz drummer first and foremost. He had hundreds of original compositions, his mother said.
He was a perfectionist, uncompromising in the way he would put his music together.
“Whether it was a painting or a piece of music, he knew how it had to be and he was persistent and unyielding until it was the way he wanted it,” she said.
Heather McCarthy said her son was sensitive and gentle, and always had a unique outlook on life, from his sense of humor to the way he dressed.
“He was a kind soul, always accepting of people for who they were,” she said. “His music was beautiful. He knew his blessings and talents and threw himself into them.”