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Ernest C. Carlson

1930-2016 Ernest C. Carlson, 85, of 25 Laurel Street, a lifelong resident of Brattleboro, Vermont, died Tuesday, March 15, 2016 following a period of declining health. Ernie was born June 30, 1930. He was the second of six children born to Walfrid and Elsa (Johnson) Carlson, who lived on Chestnut Street. Walfrid's parents, Anton Karlsson and Kajsa Petterrrson, had met in Sweden. They emigrated to the United States in 1898, married, and settled in Brattleboro. Walfrid Carlson was honored several times for his support of Little League baseball and Brattleboro High School's baseball and football teams. When he died, in 1974, he was eulogized in The Brattleboro Reformer by sports columnist Ken Campbell. Ernie Carlson graduated from Brattleboro High School in 1950, where he excelled in sports. He was catcher on the baseball team and center on the football team (once winning an Honorable Mention as a Vermont All-Star), both teams coached by Andy Natowich, for whom the school's football field is now named. In 1948, Ernie and two of his brothers, Bob and John, were all on the BHS Colonels baseball team and at least once, they all played in the same game. At graduation, Ernie received the Stolte Memorial Cup, which honors the best all-around athlete in the class. Ernie served his country in the U.S. Marines from 1951-54, primarily in the Mediterranean. A family photograph taken in 1951 shows three Carlson brothers in uniform Bob in the Army, John in the Navy and Ernie in the Marines. Following his honorable discharge from active service he returned home and worked for the American Optical Company in Brattleboro for more than 30 years, grinding and polishes lenses. On February 15, 1964, Ernie married Constance (Connie) Savard, of Milton, Vermont, in St. Mary's Church, St. Albans, Vermont. Generous with his time, Ernie was a tireless supporter of youth and high school sports in Brattleboro. He helped dig Little League dugouts and served for years in Little League baseball, helping with field maintenance and fundraising and was an umpire and league president. He regularly attended Little League, Babe Ruth, American Legion and high school games of all kinds for many years. In 1985, Ernie received the Al Sowerby Memorial Award. In 1989, Ernie and Andy Natowich collaborated to help raise funds to install lights at the high school's football field. In 1998, he was honored for volunteering for 30 years on the "chain gang," the officials who move the yard-markers, for every Colonels home football game over that period. The Brattleboro Union High School board issued a resolution expressing the community's gratitude for his years of service. "Any call for help has never gone unanswered," the resolution said. He was always willing to help out, whether for sports, neighbors, friends, or to host family functions. Longtime neighbors on Laurel Street recall the many times he cleared snow from their driveways with a snow blower. He enjoyed fall "hunting" with friends and established his own camp in Westminster, Vermont. His wife, Connie used to tell friends that "the deer are safe." Ernie was a member of the American Legion Post #5, the V.F.W. Carl Dessaint Post #1034, B.P.O. Elks Lodge #1499 and the Marine Corps League Brattleboro Detachment #798. He is survived by Connie, his wife of 52 years; his sister Dorothy Greenwood, of Boise, Idaho; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, John and Robert Carlson, and one sister, Helen DeWitt. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Peggy Yingst, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery when the cemetery reopens. Friends may call at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Donations in Ernie's memory may be made to Brattleboro Little League or the Windham County Human Society. To sign an online guestbook with messages of condolence please visit: www.atamaniuk.com
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Mar. 17, 2016
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