Carroll Madison

MADISON, Mr. Carroll

Mr. Carroll Madison died Sunday, July 7, 2013 at the age of 92. A WWII Navy veteran, Carroll Madison moved to Lake Worth, Florida in 1957. Born in Richmond Virginia on April 7, 1921 he lived 92 years. Carroll Madison married the love of his life, Alice Marcella Cosby on March 27, 1945. Carroll and Alice Madison's marriage of 62 years continues to serve as an inspiration to family and friends. Alice Madison died in 2007. Carroll was the son of Gertie Ganoe and Emmett Powhatan Madison of Virginia. Following his mother's death in 1923, Carroll was raised by his foster mother, Mrs. James Phillips. Early in his youth he worked at Virginia Dairy in Richmond, delivering dairy products by horse drawn wagon. He joined the Navy in 1941 following the attack on Pearl Harbor. He served as a signal-man aboard ships that would protect the nation's Atlantic coastline and transport cargo essential to the war effort though North Atlantic, Caribbean and South Atlantic waterways. On D-Day he was aboard a ship that was part of a large convoy, crossing the Atlantic Ocean with ammunition needed to support the Allied invasion of Normandy. Ports of call included New York City and allied ports in England, France, and North Africa. He survived the torpedo of one ship, losing his gear and was pulled from the water by the crew of a nearby ship. Carroll's fascination with gadgets and electronics began in his youth. He would explore tinker, build and repair radios and household gadgets. Following his service in the Navy he worked briefly for Western Union. He considered it the most interesting job he had aside from his experiences during the war. He just marveled at all of the communication machines. The responsibilities of raising a family required him to return to Virginia Diary. He worked as a milkman in Virginia and in Florida at Home Milk for more than 20 years. His gentlemanly manners and understanding of human nature would lead him through various occupations that relied on customer service. In the 1960s he operated a TV repair shop in the evenings and weekends on Second Avenue North and Dixie Highway while maintaining his milk route. In the latter years, he served as a bank security officer until his retirement in his 70s. His work life was a reflection of his deeply held philosophy to take care of his family; his wife, daughters, sons and a granddaughter. He passed on to his children and granddaughter a strong work ethic connected to family responsibility with kindness and courtesy to those one meets in the daily course of life. His interest in electronic gadgets immersed him in CB radios before their heyday, making many on air friends along the way. In 1994, at the age of 72 his fascination for personal computers was sparked during a visit to his son's home in Idaho. After that visit, he became the family's go to guru for all the latest computer software programs and devices. With his keyboard at the ready, he chronicled the family's daily life and memories. The LOGG as he dubbed his journaling was written daily and shared with family monthly for more than a dozen years. Over a decade, he archived more than 100 years of extended family photos and shared the collection with his family and friends. A choir boy in his youth, he played the harmonica and enjoyed music from gospel to rock, country, big band and classical throughout his life. He found wonder and awe in the multitude of performances so easily enjoyed via his computer. He enjoyed word games, crossword puzzles, and checkers. He was genuinely a kind man of outstanding character and thoughtfulness with an impish sense of humor.. Carroll Madison is survived by his daughter Carol Ann and husband William J. Sheaffer, of Orlando, Fl., daughter Alice Marie Winkler of W. Melbourne, Fl., son Dwight Lee and wife Elizabeth Madison of Sterling, Va., son William Carroll "Bill" Madison of Lake Worth, sister-in-law Catherine Rose Hazlewood of Tabb, Va., granddaughter Tanya Cunningham and husband Chris Cunningham, great- granddaughters Catherine Elizabeth and Tate Madison Cunningham of Kennett Square, Pa. and his nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 2013