Robert (Rowdy) E. McCartney, aged 56, passed away peacefully on May 7, 2017 in San Marcos, TX. Rowdy was born in Lansing, MI on Sept 19, 1960 to Judith A. and Robert V. McCartney. He began teaching himself guitar from age 10 and found a lifelong passion in music. He married his high school sweetheart Roberta Lynn Ames on Sept 9, 1983. He was a gifted musician and family man, playing in many bands, namely Lansing, MI area Razer, until he moved to Texas with his family in the early 80's. Rowdy spent most of his life playing guitar in bands, teaching and learning music, and recording in his home recording studio. The pride of his life was his family and grandchildren and sharing the joys of music, laughter, and positivity with as many as possible. Rowdy's music will live on and he will be remembered as a shining positive light through his family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife Roberta, daughter Rachel(son-in-law Brian Carlisle) son Robert Paul(daughter-in-law Alli Burnett) mother Judith, sister Roxanne, brother Kevin, nephew Michael, niece Michelle, and grandsons Corinthian, Julian, and Orion. A celebration of his life and music will be held on May 19th in San Marcos, TX with close family and friends.
All donations can be made to HAAM (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians)