Granddad lived a full life filled with ups and downs and run arounds. Great things and not so lovely things. No matter his nature, he gave to all his children a piece of himself to carry on to no matter where they might go. It could have been a memory of something simple or an action taken that changed some one's life forever. There will always be something there. If nothing else there is love. Love is the greatest gift one could give to another, and he gave his away to all his family. Now you can live on now to pass down what you have been given and share the magnificence of a good man.
My Dad & I weren't close until the last 20 years or so. When I got to know him I loved him even more. To tell you all the good memories would take more room than I have here, so suffice it to say we had a good time. He was a proud man, a good man, a self-made man who loved his wife, his family and God. We going to miss him doesn't give him enough credit...there's going to be one large gaping hole in our family.
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I will never forget Grandad! He welcomed me into this family quite a while back and has always treated me as though I'd been in the family forever. It's so difficult to think of that one moment you want to share about a person, I just loved being around him, he always made me laugh. One of the funniest moments that does come to mind is when I was about 8 months pregnant and Jay and I visited for dinner one evening. While sitting around the table, Grandad asked me was I scared. I was surprised by the question and asked about what. His response was to shake his head and say "if I looked like you I'd be scared". I think I laughed so hard I cried!
I regret so much not helping him more in writing his biography, he had the best stories and the most interesting life. Great man, wish the girls had had more time with him...
Dad has always had a dry sense of humor. At family events you might think he wasn't listening and then all the sudden out of the blue he would respond comically to something that was said and it would crack everyone up. Even when Dad got sick he kept his awesome sense of humor.
It was a pleasure and an honor to meet him. I'll never forget them singing at Matthew and Catherine's wedding.
I am not sure if a lot of people know this, but Granddad was more of a father to me than a Grandfather. I grew up without a father and Granddad was always there for me as a father figure. My grandparent's home was more like a home to me and I practically grew up there. My fondest memories were of him and me out on the pier and he would teach me how to catch blue crabs and clean them. Every time we walked to the end of the pier I would get so excited to check the crab pot and see if there were any crabs in there. Once we had caught the blue crabs and cleaned them, Grandma would cook them up for dinner. It was delicious!
The other day I was put on the spot to tell a story about my Grandfather, and my mind went running and I couldn't think at that moment of the best story of my life to tell. And of course as soon as I was in the car on the way home it came to me. If I was going to share a story it would be this, the day I was born the nurse brought me into my Mother's hospital room. My mother held me and I was crying and crying. She just couldn't get me to calm down. About this time, my Grandfather walked in and as soon as he held me in his arms I stopped crying. We were bonded immediately from then on.
Grandad was one of the most important people in my life and for him to not be there anymore leaves a great hollowness that no one could ever fill. I love and miss you Granddad! Thank you for always being there for me.
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Mrs.Carroll,Bob, Deborah and Carroll Family,
Please know all of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you Dot and your family.
I cherish the wonderful memories of beautiful times spent with you. Whatever Bill and Petey are doing in Heaven I have no doubt that Bill is telling Petey he's doing it wrong and they are both laughing! We love you.
He sure was good to me. I will never forget working at the Lab with him, and just being with the family. God Bless all of you.
I will always have the fondest memories of Uncle Bill and our times in Atlantic Beach, NC -- much love to Aunt Dot and the family. Your PA family is thinking of you all!
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You are all in my prayers. I wish I could attend. Love to all..
Glad I got the chance to spend time with you. We will all miss you. Have fun in Heaven :)I am proud to have you as a grandfather. Love you.
Mr. Carroll literally came into this world and made it better with everything he touched. His uncanny ability to see something and recreate it with exacting precision was seen in his work, at the coast and around his home. A few of us were privileged to witness up close, his fiery tutelage as well as his quiet resolve with compassionate words of wisdom and guidance. Well, the old salt has left his earthly lines for calm seas and fair winds above. He was one of the very few I held in high esteem and his loss will be felt for a long time.
I am so sorry to hear about Mr Carroll. Mrs Carroll and all the family, you will all be in my thoughts and prayers.
Before Bobby and I got married,Bobby called me one evening and said Dad wants to talk to you. Come by the Lab after work. When I got there it was just the three of us. He told me he was going to give us some money so we could start our marriage debt free. I think it was 500 dollars. I really don't remember. I hugged him and cried like a baby. Typical Bill Carroll said...what the hell are you crying for? I told him I was happy. He said...well I'd hate to see you sad!
Well Dad I'm really sad now. I will miss you and your sense of humor! BUT I know you are in Heaven! Love, Debbie Carroll
My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this sad time.
Although I have only been a part of the family for about 5 years, he treated me as though I had been there a lifetime. Rest in peace Mr. Carroll..I will miss you.