Calling hours for H. Robert “Duck” Carrier, 83, of Canton, will be held on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the O’Leary Funeral Home in Canton. Mr. Carrier passed away on Friday, May 21, 2010 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital. A private funeral with military honors will be held.
Robert was born April 14, 1927 in Utica, the son of the late Ray and Anna (Schlager) Carrier. He attended Utica Free Academy.
He enlisted in the United States Navy in February 1945 during World War II at the age of 17. After boot camp, he was shipped overseas and placed on the U.S.S. Vulcan, where he became a boatswain third class for a year-and-a-half.
He was offered the opportunity to go to Annapolis to become an officer; upon discharge, he was offered reassignment to become a Chief Boatswain on a naval tug. He refused both offers to return home to marry Sylvia Cox. The couple was married on September 21, 1946 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Utica with Pastor Arnold officiating. Mrs. Carrier predeceased him on February 3, 2003.
He retired from Bardhal/Bowes as a distributor in 1990.
Mr. Carrier was a lifetime member of Canton VFW Post 1231, past member and two-time past master of the Colton Masonic Lodge and Pierrepont Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed baseball and softball and was a golf enthusiast. He loved traveling, fishing, sports and reading.
He lived in Pierrepont from 1954-1979, then moved to a mobile home in Canton until 2000 when he moved to 35 Riverside Dr.
Surviving “Duck” are a son, Richard and wife Diana of Pierrepont; a daughter, Susan and husband Harry Berube of Canton; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, Ray, Ralph and William Carrier; and a sister, Barbara Carrier.
A brother Donald predeceased him.
Contribution in lieu of flowers may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Association.
Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.olearyfuneralservice.com.