Owen Carlin
1932 - 2021
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Owen Carlin

Wilmington - Owen Bryant Carlin passed on from this earth with peace and serenity at age 89, on March 29, 2021, after a long journey with chronic illnesses. Owen followed in death his wife Rose by 3 weeks to the day and hour, a testament to the love they had for each other, which was a blessing to them as to their children and all who knew them. In his final years Owen and his wife both required personal assistance and Owen made it possible for his children to choose to assist them in their own homes. We are both grateful for that opportunity and we also deeply appreciate the Caregivers who accompanied us on this journey for their dedication and support.

Owen was born January 27, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York. His family moved to Rutherford, NJ where Owen was raised. His family's experience of the country's Great Depression imparted values that would stay with him the rest of his life. Owen attended Drexel University, earning a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering through the work study program. Owen satisfied his draft requirement by volunteering to serve in the Army on graduation, and was stationed in Panama as a specialized educator.

After his marriage to long time sweetheart Rose Marie Nostas in 1968 he dedicated himself to Rose and the raising of their two children who came shortly after, Thomas Owen, and Jeanette Elizabeth Rose. Owen and Rose continued to give as their two grandkids came along, Isabel Susannah and Luke Thomas and didn't hesitate to follow their family move to Wilmington, NC in 2006. They left dear friends and a dream home in New Jersey but made new friends easily and found a life that suited them in their new home state.

Owen found irresistible many interests and pastimes. Family and friends were enriched over the years with adventures through among other things: gastronomy, hiking, especially for mushroom collection, apple picking and cidering, gardening and rock tumbling, bee culture and birding, wood BBQ, tennis, coin collecting, fruit and Christmas tree orcharding, antique clock collecting, preserving local history of Ralston, NJ, long term investing, and travels and exploration of special places on vacations.

Owen will be remembered for living his life with gusto and curiosity, sharing his passions with others, for his humor which was often self-deprecating as he didn't want to take himself too seriously, for being authentic, original, gregarious and social, for being unworried about appearances, for being a planner, thinker and researcher, for his interest in family heritage and family cohesion, for "talk is cheap, actions have meaning," for his stoicism in the face of challenges, and for his charity to others and causes. Owen is also remembered for his honesty, integrity and strong self-sufficiency.

Owen is survived by his son Tom and his wife Susannah of Wilmington, their children Isabel and Luke, daughter Jeanette and her partner Roger Cook also of Wilmington. Owen is also survived by loving siblings Gladys and Peter and family of Sarasota, Florida.

At the end of his life Owen found a spiritual home at the Episcopal Church in his final neighborhood, St. John's Episcopal Church. The family thanks the St. John's pastor and community for their kindness to and acceptance of Owen and his family. The family also extends gratitude to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare for attending to the needs of Owen and Rose in their final most difficult months.

Due to Covid limitations a private memorial service will be held on Friday April 3, 2021, at Andrews Mortuary, 1617 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401. Owen would have shared the request made by his wife Rose, "It is my wish that…my resting place will be in the hearts and souls of those who loved me and the caring and goodness they pass on to others along the way of life. Instead of flowers, a coffin, a gravesite, give a memorial in my memory or plant some trees somewhere." The family invites donations to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, the American Kidney Fund or donations of trees through Arbor Day Foundation.

Please sign the online Guestbook at www.andrewsmortuary.com






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Published in Wilmington Star-News from Apr. 1 to Apr. 2, 2021.
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April 3, 2021
Tom, Jen, Susana, and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will miss Owen's humor and his sharp observations of life. Vic loved talking and arguing with him.
Karla and Vic
Karla Nostas
Family
April 2, 2021
Rest in peace in the presence of our lord
Ray Nustas
Family
April 2, 2021
Ray Nustas
Family
April 2, 2021
Dear Tom, Jen & family, Joe and I thought the world of your Mom and Dad. Whenever there was a Carlin family gathering we looked forward to time spent with them, the laughs, the hugs. They'll always hold a special place in my heart. Love, Laura Carlin and family
Laura Carlin
Family
April 2, 2021
I'm saddened by the news of Cousin Owen's passing but uplifted by the knowledge that he and Rose are together again. At peace, at rest, and with eternal light shining on their beautiful souls. My thoughts and prayers go out to Tommy, Jen and the family.
Gene Carlin
Family
April 2, 2021
What a pleasure to have met such a wonderful man. Clearly he passed his attributes and outlook on life to his children. My condolences and gratitude for having met Owen and all of you. Peace
Terry McNellis
Friend
April 2, 2021
Grief, particularly for two loved ones in such a short time, can be so hard. Our lovely memories help us to reconnect. I am grateful for having had the chance to get to know Owen briefly, as a loving father and husband. Deeply caring.
Remembering you and your loved ones today and always.
Eva Maurer
Acquaintance
April 1, 2021
My deepest condolences to Tom, Susannah and the family. May God bless you all and may He grant eternal rest to Owen and Rose.
Laura H. Rebolledo
Friend
April 1, 2021
Tom and Susy we send all of your family a huge hug . You have been exposed to the loss of both parents within three weeks but they are together now. No more pain no more sadness. We rejoice in the thought of their togetherness and hope for their eternal rest. Your loving friends Harry and Arlyn Katz - Vegas
Arlyn Katz
Friend
April 1, 2021
Owen and Rose Carlin were exemplary citizens, parents, and the type of people you would be proud to know. They were a wonderful couple that passed the torch of kindness and righteousness on to their two wonderful children. They will always be remembered by their friends and relatives to be The Real McCoy, may they rest in peace.
DAN HADDAD
Family
April 1, 2021
Owen left me with wonderful memories of his love for and devotion to family and friends, great interest in learning, seeing new places and trying new things. I'll always remember hiking in Indiana - Rose and I singing and Owen playing the harmonica. When asked if he and Rose wanted to go on a trip to Turkey, there was no hesitation...and we had a marvelous time! And who else would wait til midnight of Christmas eve to buy a Christmas tree to save a few bucks! He was his own fun loving and caring person and I miss him and Rose so much.
Lila Nigh
Family
April 1, 2021
Tom, Susannah and Carlin family; so sorry for your loss. Now you can be at peace to know your father will be with your mother. Hugs to you all.
Sandra Setton
March 31, 2021
We send wishes of peace and our sympathies. While we didn’t have the honor of knowing Mr. Carlin personally, we enjoyed hearing stories about him, and admire the devotion he had to his family. May the happy memories of his life be a comfort at this difficult time.
Judy and Ross Greenberg
March 31, 2021
My memories of Uncle Owen are centered around the beautiful relationship he and Aunt Rose had. May the memories of their love and cherishment bring you peace and comfort during this time.
Alissa Nostas
Family
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