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Robert H. Carswell

POUGHKEEPSIE - Robert H Carswell, "Bob", passed away at home, early in the morning on Sat, April 27th, 2013. Born on April 15th, 1919 in Greenwich NY, Bob recently celebrated his 94th birthday. Son of John N Carswell and Nora O'Neil Carswell, he had 7 brothers and sisters. Bob was married on August 4th, 1957 to Dorothy A Mitchell, surviving at home. He had 2 sons from a previous marriage; Peter N Carswell, wife Kaye, and Patrick R Carswell, wife Tuli. He and Dorothy had 1 daughter together, Sharon Carswell Tasciotti, married to Rick Tasciotti. Bob had the love and admiration of his 4 devoted grandsons; Christopher, Aydan, Conor and Devin, 1 granddaughter; Kelli Jean; several nieces and nephews; 3 great granddaughters and 2 great-great grandsons. A WWII US Navy veteran, Bob served his country in Pearl Harbor and Japan on the USS Estes. He worked hard all of his life and enjoyed every minute of it. After arriving in Poughkeepsie, prior to his military service, Bob worked at DeLaval Separator. After the war he became a milkman for Brenners Dairy, delivering milk to people's homes for 13 years. An avid sports fan, he represented a local baseball team as catcher. Bob switched to construction, joining the Laborers Union Local 1000 in 1967, where he stayed employed until his retirement. Bob was a mentor to a young apprentice in the union, who remained a close friend for the rest of Bob's life. During those years, he helped construct many homes and buildings in the county, including buildings for Vassar Brothers Medical Center, IBM and Vassar College. He spent his free time in his vegetable garden, watching football (supporting the NY Giants), having a beer and discussing politics. Retiring to Florida in 1984 at the age of 65, Bob continued his work creating patios, porches and sidewalks, for the "elderly", until he was 85. Diagnosed with cancer in 2007, at the age of 88, he made up his mind to beat the disease and was victorious! In 2009, cancer-free, he and his wife returned home to NY to be with his daughter, son in law and 4 grandsons. Bob was a dedicated father, a loyal friend and husband, a proud grandfather and a loving man. He had many friends and was generous to all, willing to help anyone who needed a hand. Bob was good-natured. He liked to tease and cajole, always with a wink and a smile. Bob had enormous, strong hands and took great pleasure in challenging his grandsons with his vice-like grip. Memories of Bob, "PopPop" will never fade and will be cherished by his wife, children and grandchildren. Invincible to the end, sense of humor intact; he set an example for all of us to follow. He will be dearly missed by those of us who loved him. There are no calling hours. Services will be Friday, May 3, 2013, 11:30 AM, at the Chapel in the Mausoleum in St. Peter's Cemetery. There will be a Military Service. In lieu of flowers, donations are asked to be sent to the , 301 Manchester Rd., Ste.105, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. Arrangements are under the direction of Wm. G. Miller & Son Funeral Home, Inc., 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. If you need directions or wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at


Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from May 1 to May 3, 2013
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