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CARLSON, Werner A. Jr. Of Winchester, MA, formerly of Arlington, died peacefully on Thursday, November 13th at the age of 78 with his family at his bedside. Devoted husband for 56 years of Elna (Eliasson). Loving father of Linnea Rodman and husband Jim of Coronado, CA; Laura Carlson and husband Rob of South Bend, IN; Leslee Wagner and husband Eric of Swarthmore, PA; Lisa Carlson-Hill and husband Gordon of Arlington, MA. Beloved grandfather of Kristen, Erika, Alexandra, Hazel, Grayson, Camden, Nicholas, Carl and Annika. Werner was born in Winchester, MA on July 6, 1936 to Werner A. Carlson, Sr. and Gerda (Peterson) from Sweden. He graduated from Winchester High School in 1954, and earned a B.S. in Business Management from Northeastern University in 1967. He served in the United States Air Force Reserves, 94th Troop Carrier Wing, and was awarded Airman of the Year in 1961. Owner and founder of Carlson Builders/Management, he built over 100 homes, apartments, and small commercial buildings, starting with his first home at the age of 18. He founded Carlson Inspection Associates in 1976, which was one of the earliest professional home inspection firms in the New England area. He was a founding member and the President of the American Society of Home Inspectors, and was a licensed builder, home inspector, lead inspector, and real estate broker. He held many elected and appointed positions in the towns of Winchester and Arlington, including commissioner of the Winchester Housing Authority, Chairman of the Winchester Board of Assessors, Chairman of the Arlington Permanent Building Committee, and a member of the Winchester Board of Appeals. He served as a member of the Winchester and Arlington Town meetings for 14 years, and was recognized as an expert witness in home construction and defects in the judicial system. He served as the President of the Winchester Country Club, President of the New England Senior Golfers' Association, Grandmaster of the Mystic Valley Masonic Lodge and was a member of the Shriners. Werner proudly owned and operated the Amherst N.H. Outdoor Antique Market and Auto Show for 30 years - his own "Field of Ddreams". He was appointed to the Wright-Locke Farm Conservancy Board of Directors, and volunteered his time and talent to preserve the land where he roamed as a young boy. Visiting hours to be held at the Lane Funeral Home, 760 Main St (Rte. 38) WINCHESTER on Monday, November 17 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. with a Masonic Service to be held at 3:30 p.m., all brethren invited to attend. A funeral service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 929 Concord Turnpike, Arlington on Tuesday at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in the name of Werner A. Carlson, Jr. may be directed in support of the Masons to the William Parkman Lodge A.F. and A. M., c/o Paul Gleason, 7 Wedgemere Ave., Winchester, MA 01890 or to the Wright-Locke Farm Conservancy, Inc., c/o Jim Whitehead, 78 Ridge Street, Winchester, MA 01890.

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Published in Boston Globe from Nov. 14 to Nov. 16, 2014.
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April 18, 2015
So sorry to have learned of Werner's passing.It was a must to "Go to Amherst" on the last Sunday of the month. The three words "go to Amherst?" was always the start of car guy conversations. People watching and listening will be missed also.
Sorry for your loss,Werner was a steward of a real "Field of Dreams"
Bob Walton
March 14, 2015
So sorry to hear of your loss. I couldn't believe it & only found out yesterday. Always saw Werner at the car show, driving around in his golf cart, cowboy hat on....I hope someone can keep his memory alive & find someone to maybe keep running the show. It would be a great legacy to maintain. He really worked hard to make that place the institution is has become, and would be shameful for it to just disappear.
Bob Philbrick
March 8, 2015
I am so sorry to here of your loss , had some grate times at his swap meet
December 23, 2014
The last Sunday of April through October will never be the same. RIP
Rick C
December 23, 2014
For all 30 years that Werner had his "Filed of Dreams" I went every month with my father. Only this past year did we learn that Werner and my father were at the same graduation ceremony for Northeastern University. You'll be missed, especially on the last Sunday of every month from April to October.
Tom Grella
December 4, 2014
Rev.Br. Francis
Werner Carlson was one of the Kindest Men I have ever known. He helped out our Franciscan Community Every Year by Donating Site # L-2 for us to sell items which supported our Order. His Beautiful Smile, Gentle Manner & Loving Heart will be greatly missed! May His Reward in Heaven be Great!!
Rev.Br. Francis A.J.M.Marchese; sfcjm
Rev.Br.Francis Marchese; sfcjm
December 2, 2014
To the family I send my condolences no heart breaks alone when a prayer is whispered he's comfort tenderly. Psalm 83:18.
December 1, 2014
Werner, you will be greatly missed. I hope you knew how important you were in my life. As a very young girl you gave me my first job and through the years I looked up to you as a father and mentor. Every time we met again you always had a big warm hug and smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless, until we meet again.
Christina Crawley
November 28, 2014
I never had the privilege to meet Werner personally but I did have occasion to speak with him once on the phone. I was investigating the possibility of getting into the home inspection profession. Werner was very friendly and encouraging even inviting me to join him on an inspection. To me that says a great deal about the kind of man he was. I try to emulate that same spirit when others now ask me about the profession that I got into some 18 years ago. A fulfilling career that I was helped into with a few kind words from a good man. Thank you Werner! My deepest condolences to your family and friends. You will be remembered.
Wayne Robbins
November 20, 2014
Eric Wagner
November 20, 2014
Eric Wagner
November 18, 2014
Dear Leslee, Mrs. Carlson, Cam, Nick, and all the Carlson Family,

We are very saddened to hear of Mr. Carlson's passing. We enjoyed the many stories - often humorous - that Leslee shared over the past 20 years about him and his interesting life. Prayers for him and for each of you.
Dan & Michelle Yoxall
November 17, 2014
Will miss my old and close friend of years past
wally worth
November 17, 2014
I can' t tell you how happy I am to have had the opportunity to get to know you all. Werner was a very special person to me, my American dad. Thanks to his generosity and hospitality many years ago he started something that through the years has grown into a deep friendship between our families and now we can see how the next generation is connecting.
If I close my eyes and think of him I can hear him speaking Swedish to me. We have shared many good moments both in Sweden and in the US and I will remember him with a smile. He will be deeply missed by me and my whole family. Många kramar till er alla från oss alla.
Annika Alenfall
November 17, 2014
Dear Elna and family: we were saddened to hear of Werner's passing and we will keep you all in our prayers in the coming days and weeks. We have many wonderful memories of the times we were together and the fun we had. In reading the obituary, Werner was a very busy man and he touched so many people with his expertise. He will be dearly missed and our deepest sympathy to you all. Our love, Neil and Jan Robinson
Neil and Jan Robinson
November 17, 2014
With 25 plus years of going to his "Field of Dreams". A close friend will be greatly missed. Our sympathy goes out to all his family.
Doreen and Mark Brown
November 16, 2014
Richard Loftus
November 15, 2014
A true gentleman. He did many inspections for me as a realtor back in the day. I always appreciated his presentation and honesty. I know he will be missed by many. My sympathy to all his family.
Jan Cusack
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