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.