ONEIDA >> Army N. Carinci, 86, of 263 Wilson St., Oneida, died early Wednesday morning, Oct. 2, 2013, in the comfort of his own home surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hospice.
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Army was born on Nov. 16, 1926, in Rome, N.Y., a son of Thomas and Marion DeRochis Carinci. He was a graduate of Oneida High School. He has been a resident of Oneida since 1931.
He married Joyce M. Hoffman on Sept. 20, 1952, in St. Patrick's Church, Oneida.
Army owned and operated the Ivy Grill on Phelps Street in Oneida for many years and had also been employed with the former Congress Brewery in Syracuse.
Army loved the city of Oneida and always wanted to be a part of making Oneida all it could be. In 1960, he started by becoming the Alderman for the Fourth Ward in the City, a position he held until 1979. He later served again from 2002 to 2005. He also served as the Commissioner of Public Safety from 2010 to 2011. He served as member of the Industrial Development Agency from 1986 to 1999.
In 1986, he became the Mayor of the City of Oneida, a position that he proudly served until his retirement in 1999. Army was known as the "Walking Mayor." He would walk throughout the city talking to his neighbors and listening to their concerns.
He proudly served his country with the US Navy with the rank of Fireman Second Class from January 1945 to July 1946 when he was honorably discharged.
He was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Oneida, the E. Bart Hanifin Council No. 473 Knights of Columbus, the City of Oneida Democratic Committee, the Oneida American Legion Post 169, a life member of the OWLS Club 1606 and the B.P.O.E. 767.
Army was an avid fisherman and golfer in his day. He was very active at the Oneida YMCA. His pride and joy was spending time with his beloved grandchildren.
Surviving besides his loving wife of 61 years, Joyce, are six children, Deborah (Jeff) Socha, of Augusta, Armand (Wynn) Carinci, of Oneida, Michelle (Steve) Becker, of Oneida Castle, Michael (Robyn) Carinci, of Oneida, Terri Ann (Michael) McCarthy, of Verona, and Anthony (Shari) Carinci, of Oneida; one brother, Joseph (Betty) Carinci, of Oneida Castle; one sister, Margaret Weed, of Fresno, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Catherine Carinci, of Oneida; 21 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three sisters, Theresa and Sam Tallarino, Susan and James Mammone, Yolanda "Violet" and Earl Stanton; and three brothers, Willie Carinci, who was killed in France during World War II, James and Tillie Carinci, and Louis Carinci.
Army's Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2103, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church, 347 Main St., Oneida, where the Rev. Robert L. Kelly will officiate. Military Honors will be performed outside of the church after Mass. Private interment will be made in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Friends are invited and may call 3-7 p.m. Friday at the Ironside Funeral Home, 342 Main St., Oneida. The Knights of Columbus will meet and offer prayers for deceased brother Army Carinci at 2:30 p.m. Friday prior to calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the E. Bart Hanifin Council No. 473 Knights of Columbus, 164 Madison St., Oneida, N.Y. 13421, or the Madison County Children's Camp, Camp Lookout, P.O. Box 753, Oneida, N.Y. 13421.
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Published in The Oneida Daily Dispatch on Oct. 3, 2013