Carl E. Touhey

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Carl E. Touhey AlbanyCarl E. Touhey, a lifelong Albany businessman, passed into Eternal Life at the remarkable age of 95. He was a graduate of the Albany Academy and Princeton University (class of 1939) and ran a stunning race for mayor of Albany in 1973. As an avid sailor, he sailed along the Eastern seaboard and once crossed the Atlantic. He was president of Orange Motor Company, which was founded by his father, Charles (who also lived into his 90s), on Friday the 13th, 1916. Carl always chuckled at that date, quickly adding, And we're still standing, still strong! For over 75 years his various businesses, among which were the Canada Dry Bottling Company, and The Quevic Vichy Company, and various real estate entities provided employment for hundreds of Capital Region families. As successful as he was, he equally enjoyed giving back to his community. When asking others to do the same, he had an interesting strategy. He would say How can I get big bucks from this guy? First I need to set the tone by stepping up myself. And he did. Some of his favorite organizations were big, such as Albany Medical Center, The College of Saint Rose, WMHT Public Television, Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the Albany Symphony. But he also cared about smaller organizations like Capital Region Sponsor a Scholar, the 15 Love Youth Program and the Touhey Homeownership Foundation, all of which directly serve families in our community who were not as fortunate to have the resources Carl had. He was also a respected member of several clubs in both Albany and the Delray Beach, Florida area: The Fort Orange Club, Schuyler Meadows CC, Manalapan Yacht Club, The Little Club, and Gulfstream Bath & Tennis Club. Finally, he would always say It all comes down to family. Carl was the son of Charles and Winifred; brother to Frank (Carlo) and sister, Alice (Dick Walsh). He and his wife, Nancy (Downing), shared a great mutual love and devotion. Carl was previously married to the former Lila Latham, who are parents to Charles (Alice Green), John (Patricia Lowry), Lila Marie and Virginia (Kathy Simmonds). He was grandfather to Evan, Colin, Charlie, John (Jen Forster) and Brenda; and great-grandfather to Kaiya, Olivia and Ava. Carl was an active and surrogate father to his brother, Frank's children, Terez, Frank, Eileen, CoCo, Tony, Patrick, Carl, Justine and Carlo; and his sister, Alice's children, Larry, Natalie, Nick, Carl and Eleanor. Carl was also generously involved in the lives of Nancy's children, Kathy, George, Peter, Amy, Carrie, Michael, and Mary; and their many children and grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Albany where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited and may respectfully call on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 North Allen Street, Albany. To leave a special message for the family, obtain directions, or view other helpful services, please visit www.McveighFuneral In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Capital Region Sponsor a Scholar, 3 Pine West Plaza, Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12205 and/or The Achievement Center for Children and Families, 555 NW 4th Street, Delray Beach, FL 33444.

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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2013
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