CONCORD - Charles W. "Charlie" Carr, 89, died Dec. 11, 2012, at Havenwood in Concord.
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Charlie was born Sept. 22, 1923, in Jamaica, N.Y., and grew up in Agawam, Mass., the oldest of seven children.
After Pearl Harbor he joined the U.S. Coast Guard and served in the North Atlantic theater.
During college he met and married Eleanor Adams and they began their family of seven children. In 1953, he earned a graduate degree in agricultural science from the University of Massachusetts and worked in agricultural research for several years. In 1958 he began his career as a high school science teacher, most recently at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook.
After the death of his wife of 23 years, he met and married Mary Whelton of Goffstown, and together they created a blended family with 14 children. After retiring from teaching, Charlie became active in civic activities in Goffstown and was honored by the designation of "Charlie Carr Day" by the town in October 2009.
After the death of his second wife in 2007, Charlie moved to Havenwood in Concord in 2009, where he volunteered as a Compassionate Caregiver and participated in many community activities.
He is survived by his children, Judy Cloues and Richard of Stone Mountain, Ga., William Carr and Sophia of Newalla, Okla., John Carr and Marcia Rasmussen of Contoocook, Allan Carr and Zaida Casey of Lyndeborough, Wayne Carr and Pauline of Summerfield, Fla., Lillianne Carr of Manchester, Andrea Felix of Ellenburg Depot, N.Y., Mary Ricker and Al of Goffstown, Brian Whelton and Kathy of Londonderry, Justin Whelton of Manchester, Claire Grosso of Colorodo Springs, Colo., Michael Whelton of Nashua, Paul Whelton and Karen of Danvers, Mass., and Vincent Whelton of Tennessee; 28 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
SERVICES: Memorial services will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Congregational Church in Goffstown.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggestion donations in Charlie's name to the
Published in Union Leader on Dec. 13, 2012