William "Bill" Carlin

William "Bill" Carlin left us suddenly of complications from a stroke after a day of stories, laughter, birthday cake, and fun. He died peacefully surrounded by the love of his family who will miss him forever.

Bill was proud to have served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1947-1951. After the service he was a hardworking roofer with Local No. 9 until his retirement at age 62. He met the love of his, Marge, in kindergarten at St. James School in Manchester. Eventually they married in 1950 and have been together ever since. Bill's other love was golf, and he played his last game just a few days ago. He was very proud of his hole-in-one on the fifth hole at Minechaug in Glastonbury on June 1, 1975.

He is survived by his loving wife of almost 63 years, Margaret (Pagani) Carlin; his loving daughter, Kathleen Wirtz, who will miss their daily crossword puzzle collaboration, her husband, Rob Wirtz; and grand dog, Ruger. He is also survived by his brother, Albert Carlin; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, William Pagani Jr. and Patricia; sister-in-law, Patricia Rovetti, sister-in-law, Barbara Carlin; and three generations of nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, John and Dennis Carlin and sisters, Mary Palmer and Catherine Machie.

Funeral service will be held on Friday, Oct. 12, at 9:15 a.m. from the John F. Tierney Funeral Home, 219 W. Center St., Manchester, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. James Church, Manchester, with burial in St. James Cemetery, Manchester.

Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Those wishing may make memorial donations to the American Heart and Stroke Association, 1 Union St., Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691.

"In heaven you get any tee time you want so don't worry about me - I'll be just fine."

Funeral Home

John F. Tierney Funeral Home
219 West Center Street Manchester, CT 06040-4857
(860) 643-1222

Published in Journal Inquirer from Oct. 9 to Oct. 13, 2012