GREENFIELD - Carroll Sak died at the home of his son in Rochester, VT, on Aug. 11, 2013.
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Carroll was born on July 29, 1929 in the house where he lived most of his life on West Street. Carroll graduated Greenfield High School and later served in the Army in Korea over three years before getting injured and receiving the Purple Heart.
After returning to Greenfield, he married Alice Jackson and started a family. Tragedy struck the family in May of 1962, when a house fire took the lives of Debra, 8 years old, and David, 13 months old, with Steven surviving the fire.
Carroll worked for the Greenfield Public Works Dept. for a time then became employed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, working for the Bernardston site and later being transferred to the Northampton office, where he became an assistant road engineer, retiring in 1991.
Carroll was a staple of the Greenfield community known for his avid bicycling around the town and surrounding areas for many years. Annually for many years, he clocked more than 3,000 miles a year, even biking in winter if roads conditions were right.
Carroll was a sports fan who enjoyed many local sports from track and field, swimming at Deerfield Academy and all the sports the area has to offer. He made a generous contribution when Vets Field lighting was installed some years back. Carroll attended not only the games of the high school but would bike up to their practices and get the news on local talent and how the teams were shaping up. Carroll also had his haunts he visited often, if not daily. Adams Donuts and Brad's Luncheonette were places he and others of his era would gather to discuss sports and the world's problems often with everyone giving their cure for all the problems discussed. He also enjoyed the meals at Moose and Elks Clubs, which he visited regularly.
In his earlier retired life, he made yearly vacations to Vermont and Arizona where he attended the beginning stages of March Madness and also to soak up the sun. He enjoyed his retirement, but kept busy by helping out at the local churches by opening buildings and participating in church groups. He will be missed by his family, extended family and longtime friends.
Funeral services were held on Aug. 16 at the Kostanski Funeral Home, followed by a Mass at Holy Trinity Church with burial at the family plot in Turners Falls.
Carroll was predeceased by his children, Debra and David; a younger sister, Caroline, and two brothers, Walter and Edward.
He is survived by his son, Steven of Rochester VT; his sister, Marion Sak of Greenfield, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Donations may be made on his behalf to the Greenfield High School Sports Program.
Sympathy message available at:
Kostanski Funeral Home
220 Federal Street Greenfield, MA 01301
Published in The Recorder on Sept. 18, 2013