WINTHROP -- Longtime firefighter David E. Carr passed away unexpectedly Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Massena Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are with Flint Funeral Home, Moira.
Born June 10, 1955, the son of Elwood and Audrey (Starks) Carr, David was a 1973 graduate of St. Lawrence Central School. David united into marriage on May 4, 1974, with his high school sweetheart, Lisa Rufa.
David was a longtime member of the Brasher-Winthrop Volunteer Fire Department and the Tri-Town Volunteer Rescue Squad. He was past fire chief of the Winthrop Volunteer Fire Department and maintained an active membership after the merger between Brasher and Winthrop in 1998 that formed the current BWFD. David was a pump operator, tower operator, truck driver, and a tanker driver.
For 17 years he was a member of the Tri-Town Volunteer Rescue Squad, where he served as chief for 4 years. Throughout this time David received many awards and official recognitions.
In 2016, he was recognized for his commitment in responding to the most calls. He was a first responder as well as an EMT for 7 years.
Whether it was the Fire Department or the Rescue Squad, David could be counted on for being a trusted mentor and friend. He always had a kind word and a smile for everone.
Treasured memories will be forever in the hearts of his wife Lisa; his sister, Linda Pearl of Minnesota; brothers- and sisters-in-law Fernando and Cathy Rufa, Glenn and Rosa LaShomb; and very good friends Freda and Peter Merrill. He is survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents, Elwood and Audrey Carr, and his sister-in-law, Maria (Rufa) Durant.
Respecting David’s wishes, there will be no public visitation. Funeral services celebrating David’s life will be held Friday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, Brasher Falls, with Rev. Garry B. Giroux presiding.
Firefighters from near and far will be present to commemorate David’s last call to duty.
In lieu of floral offerings, please consider memorial contributions in David’s honor to the the Brasher-Winthrop Volunteer Fire Department or to the Tri-Town Volunteer Rescue Squad.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the Carr family at www.flintfuneralhomeny.com.