WINCHENDON -- Daniel Edward Carpenter, 24, of 12 Court St., died Saturday morning, Nov. 29, at home following a long and courageous battle with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy.
He was born in Concord on July 12, 1979, the son of Peter J. Carpenter and Pamela (Superneau) Carpenter Elbrader and lived in San Francisco and Leominster before moving to Winchendon in 1986.
Mr. Carpenter was active in Muscular Dystrophy fund-raising as a Youth Ambassador with the Townsend Fire Department for many years. He was a 1999 graduate of Mount Wachusett Community College and was a co-owner of a web and graphic design company.
He spent many summers attending camp in Goshen, at the 4-H Camp Howe where he challenged himself in many ways. Campers with various disabilities attended camp in the same session as able-bodied 4-H Campers. One summer, he surprised his family and friends by climbing (with much assistance!) an 80-foot sheer rock face in the DAR State Forest.
He attended a program at Amherst College for eighth-grade students through the John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. In his sophomore year at Murdock High School, as one of the top four boys in his class, he attended Boys’ State held at Stonehill College.
He and his first service dog, Grady, made friends easily throughout high school and college. Dan’s passion for conversation led him to approach anyone to strike up a conversation. He especially liked discussing politics with anyone who would listen. His many friends and his verbal skills came in handy when raising funds to get a second service dog, Max, after Grady died in January, 2000.
He is survived by his mother, Pamela (Superneau) Carpenter Elbrader and step-father, Terry Elbrader of Winchendon, with whom he lived; his father and step-mother, Peter J. and Imelda (Ramos) Carpenter of Falls Church, Va.; one brother, Scott D. Carpenter and his wife, Liz, of Dumfries, Va.; his paternal grandparents, Paul and Janice (Ormsbee) Carpenter of Annapolis, Md. and one aunt, Sara Hoover of Davidsonville, Md. Two uncles, David P. Carpenter and Gary A. Superneau predeceased him.
CARPENTER -- On Nov. 29, Daniel Edward Carpenter, 24, of Winchendon. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral from Lamoureux-Fletcher Community Funeral Home, 105 Central St., Gardner, on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at 11 a.m. in Holy Spirit Church, Lovewell Street, South Gardner. A graveside service will take place Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Hampden. Calling hours in the funeral home are Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 33 Lyman St., Suite 304B, Westborough, MA 01581; or to NEADS, PO Box 213, West Boylston, MA 01583.