Our beloved son, brother, cousin and nephew went to be with the Lord on June 16, 2021. William "Khaatryaa" Isaac Carney was born Aug. 2, 1991, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital to Jerry Carney and Susan Tritt. William Khaatryaa was from Arctic Village. He was filled with so much humor, nuisance, silliness and most of all, was a loving person. He was loved by many.
His Gwich'in name was William Khaatryaa, named after his great-great-grandfather. He was funny and loved to tease, especially his sister, Shayla. As a kid, he often did a lot of funny things, got into mischief, was very scrappy, always climbing on something, playing outside. He was raised in Arctic Village with many of his cousins and relatives. William was absolutely loved and adored by his late grandmother, Naomi. Growing up, William spent the summers in Arctic Village and his favorite pastime was playing video games with all his cousins.
William was a wildland firefighter and a youth worker in Arctic Village. He was smart and often did very well in middle school and high school. He was often student of the month and had excellent grades. He enjoyed going to school. He was fascinated by machines and how they worked. He also worked as a seasonal carpenter and went to welder training. He was an excellent artist. He loved to draw.
He is survived by his mother Susan Tritt, his father Jerry Carney, sister Shayla "Tthaadhoo" Carney, cousins Crystal "Dzehgak" Frank, Tisheena "Divi' Frank, Tara "Tthoo" Corpuz, Fabian Tritt, Lisa Frank, Brandon Tritt, Jason Tritt, Victoria Gemmill, Michael Gemmill, John Head, Derek Gimmell and Lynnea Frank. His aunt Caroline "Maagii gwat" Tritt-Frank, Irene Tritt, Debbie Tritt-Kendi, Sandra Corpuz, uncles Isaac Tritt Jr., Aaron Tritt, Calvin Tritt, Kenneth Frank, Wilbert Kendi and Michael Corpuz. Uncle Bill Carney, aunt Janis Carney, cousins Sean Carney, Kari Carney, Kelly Carney, Ryan Carney, Katherine Carney, and Karen Grant Ames. Great-Uncle Rev. Dr. Trimble Gilbert, Great-Aunt Florence Newman; his best friends Chaz James and Nathan Robert Jr.; and many cousins and relatives.
He is preceded in death by his little brother J.R. Carney, grandmother Naomi (Peter) Tritt, grandfather Rev. Isaac Tritt Sr., great-grandparents Titus Peter and Maggie (William) Gilbert, Rev. James Gilbert, cousin Issac Ray Tritt, aunt Katie Marie Tritt, Margaret (Tritt) Wiehl, uncles Lincoln Tritt, William "Vyuh Zhuu" Isaac Tritt, Peter Tritt and Lemmitt Tritt. Great-Uncle Kias Peter Sr., great-Grandfather Ginkhih Rev. Albert "Halvir" Tritt Sr., and great-grandmother Sarah. Grandfather William H. Carney, grandmother Eunice Carney, aunt Helen Reynolds, Florence Grant, Elizabeth Carney, cousins William Grant, Eric Grant and Edward Grant. Uncle Paul Ben Kassi and great grandmother Elizaa Ben Kassi. Elizaa was from Old Crow, Yukon Territories.
A celebration of life will be held in Arctic Village at the Episcopal Church Bishop Rowe Chapel, dates TBA.
Published by Daily News-Miner on Jun. 23, 2021.