WATERBURY - Francis W. Carlyle, 76, formerly of Waterbury, Vt., and most recently of Ocala, Fla., passed away at his home Sept. 26, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Aug. 24, 1937, in Burlington, Vt.
He attended school in Waterbury and joined the U.S. Air Force
in 1954, where he received recognition as an outstanding crew chief in the 1st Fighter-Day Squadron. After leaving the Air Force, he worked for many years with Merrill Transport and Rock of Ages, before returning to the service in the Army Guard, from where he retired in 2000.
He leaves his loving wife, Ann-Marie (Wallace) Carlyle, whom he married Dec. 22, 1959, and his children and their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom he loved beyond measure: Dion and Terri Carlyle, Tasia (Shawn), Kailey, great-grandson Oliver; Mona and Gunner McCain, George (Caitlin), Ryan, great-grandchildren Adeline, Gunner and Finley; Marnie and Peter DeFreest, Jessie, Jillian (Micah) and Jordan (Alyson); Melanie and Chris Rutledge, Sydnie, Cameron, Alayna, great-granddaughter Madelyn. He is also survived by his siblings: Ruth Richardson, Kenny Carlyle, Cheryl Brown, Bobby Carlyle, Lisa Barofio and Julie Moody, as well as by Jeff James, Larry Litchfield and Phillip Kellem, who may not have been born as family but soon became it. He was predeceased by his mother, Helen Marie Carlyle, stepfather Kenneth J. Carlyle, and his father, Everest Stebbins.
Francis was an avid sports fan, loved his Boston Red Sox and New York Giants. He was also a kind and caring man with a big heart for not only people but animals as well. He would never allow anyone to harm toads in his garden and snakes in the stone wall. His dogs Hobbs, Wallace and Cooney never lacked for love or attention.
A celebration of his life will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at 95 S. Main St., Waterbury, Vt. (the yellow building next to the McCain Consulting offices).
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to either the
or to your local home health and hospice.