DAVID McCarthy never thought the day would come when his son would be remembered in the community he served.

Speaking at the official renaming of a Highfields street to Sean McCarthy Way on Saturday, Mr McCarthy said the commemoration was an emotional day for the family Sean left behind almost 10 years ago.

The McCarthys, the Highfields RSL and members of the community had been fighting for five years to get a street named in Sean's honour.

David McCarthy talks about his son at the official renaming ceremony of Sean McCarthy Way.
David McCarthy talks about his son at the official renaming ceremony of Sean McCarthy Way. Kevin Farmer

"I never thought it was going to happen," Mr McCarthy said.

"I thought it was going to be a battle but eventually common sense prevailed and it was pretty much a no-brainer."

Mr McCarthy hopes Sean's sacrifice, and the naming of the street, will act as a vehicle to honour all service men and women living in the region.

With Victoria Cross recipients, former Govenor General Dame Quinten Bryce, and senior Australian Defence Force personnel in attendance Sean's father said there is only one place his son would be were he at the ceremony.

Former Governor General Dame Quinten Bryce officiates at the renaming ceremony and dedication of Sean McCarthy Way at Highfields in honour of Signaller Sean McCarthy killed in active duty in Afghanistan, Saturday, March 17, 2018.
Former Governor General Dame Quinten Bryce officiates at the renaming ceremony and dedication of Sean McCarthy Way at Highfields in honour of Signaller Sean McCarthy killed in active duty in Afghanistan, Saturday, March 17, 2018. Kevin Farmer

"He would be hiding behind me in the bushes or in the background somewhere," he said.

"Probably muttering something about why people are making such a fuss over him."

In his speech to the crowd, Highfields RSL president Steven Dudley said the New Zealand-born servicemen lived life by his own motto of "doing things the Sean McCarthy way".

Renaming ceremony and dedication of Sean McCarthy Way at Highfields in honour of Signaller Sean McCarthy killed in active duty in Afghanistan, Saturday, March 17, 2018.
Renaming ceremony and dedication of Sean McCarthy Way at Highfields in honour of Signaller Sean McCarthy killed in active duty in Afghanistan, Saturday, March 17, 2018. Kevin Farmer

Those morals, he said, were why Sean McCarthy Way was chosen as the street name.

His father David said the Sean McCarthy way of doing things will now go on to inspire the community in which he lived for future generations after the weekend's official ceremony.

"He loved his family, he was a loyal friend and very proud of his sisters," he said.

"Humility would some it up if I had to pick a word."



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