Surrounded by many friends and family members, on Thursday, April 3, 2014, Brian Alan Carpenter passed away at the home of his son in Ellington.
He was born on July 10, 1943, in Hartford to Harold Elliot Carpenter and Eunice Slate (Bruffee) Carpenter. Brian was raised in Buckland, Mass., and graduated from Arms Academy in Shelburne, Mass., with the Class of 1961. He served three years in the U.S. Army
and married his high school sweetheart, Joyce Elizabeth Kelley. After his service to our country, he followed in his father's footsteps in becoming a machinist, and he was employed by Pratt & Whitney Aircraft of East Hartford for 35 years. He and his young family originally settled in Enfield but subsequently moved to East Windsor in 1972, where he has since resided. Starting in the 1970s, Brian became very active in numerous community organizations and activities. He joined the East Windsor Grange 94 in 1973, and at the time of his passing he was master of Enfield Grange 151. He had also served as president of North Central Pomona 13, and he was a member of East Central Pomona 3. For many years, he served as president and director with the Union Agricultural Society (Four Town Fair), and he was a member of the American Legion Post 40 and a charter member of the East Windsor Jaycees. He was also active with F.I.S.H. (Fellowship in Serving Humanity), and for many years he volunteered with the local Meals on Wheels and various other programs benefiting seniors.
In addition to his community involvements, he was a devoted family man. When his youngest daughter returned home in 1996, he retired from his work at Pratt & Whitney and helped raise the four grandchildren. His house was a safe haven for many friends of the family through the years, and his encouraging words always helped lift up the people around him. Brian would strive to find the positive in people and situations and would motivate others with his 'come on …you can do it!' attitude. Brian enjoyed camping with his family and made many trips to Disney World with them. He was an enthusiastic non-digital photographer and an avid 8mm film buff, and he could often be found showing slides and home movies at a family reunion or to the family on a Saturday night in the living room at home. Through the years, he derived a lot of enjoyment from his pets and was particularly fond of his cats. His social character was open and trustworthy, which made it easy for him to make many friends among the broad swath of society with whom he interacted. Brian was caring and giving throughout his entire life, and even in his death asked that his body be donated to the Quinnipiac University School of Medicine.
He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl Provencher of Terlingua, Texas; son, John William Carpenter and his wife, Katherine, of Ellington; daughter, Holly Carpenter of Enfield; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made in Brian's name to Faith Baptist Church, 182 Broad Brook Rd., Enfield, CT 06082; or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 E. Ohio St., Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60611.
Memorial services for Brian will be held at the Faith Baptist Church of Enfield on Saturday, April 12, at 11 a.m.
A committal service will be held at the Arms Cemetery in Shelburne Falls, Mass., at a date and time to be announced.