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Obituaries

James Bryan Carr, Jr.

Dan McClelland

James Bryan Carr Jr. , 88, passed away on December 19, 2018, at Rose Court, Linden Ponds Retirement Community in Hingham Massachusetts. He was born February 23, 1930, in Gouverneur, New York, the son of James Bryan Carr and Kathleen Dorothy Tanner.

Jim married Charlotte Lucille Degon, of Malone New York, on November 27, 1954.

Charlotte Lucille Carr (Degon), 90, passed away on October 5, 2018, at Rose Court, Linden Ponds Retirement Community in Hingham Massachusetts. Charlotte was born August 8, 1928, in Byram, Connecticut, the daughter of Marshall Ovela Degon and Frances Mildred Degon (Pinsonnault).

Jim graduated from Clarkson College at Potsdam with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Jim, serving as a Second Lieutenant, was in the U.S. Army stationed in England during the Korean War, assigned to SCARWAF (Special Combined Army With Air Force). He later earned a Masters degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Nuclear Engineering.

Jim spent the bulk of his working life at General Electric as a Managing Engineer, starting his G.E. career at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratories in Schenectady, N.Y. and continuing at the S1C Prototype nuclear submarine propulsion plant at Windsor Connecticut, then to General Electric’s Boiling Water Reactor headquarters in San Jose California and returning to the Northeast to complete a variety of General Electric projects before retiring in Tupper Lake.

As was said of Jim in the April 12, 2000 edition of the Tupper Lake Free Press:

“There are some people who never give back to their community, others who give on occasion and others who never stop giving. They work without regard to themselves and spend almost every free moment they have helping others.”

James B. Carr, Jr. was president of the Schenectady Chapter of United Cerebral Palsy from 1962-64 and vice president of United Cerebral Palsy of New York State 1965-72. He was also a founding member and president of Habitat West in San Jose, California, a chapter of Habitat For Humanity.

Jim was well known for his community service record, helping many local Tupper Lake groups on a variety of civic projects. His selflessness has benefited many, including the Adirondack chapter Habitat for Humanity, The Wild Center/Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, the local AARP chapter, the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Tupper Lake Rotary Club.

Jim's leadership and selfless civic contributions earned him a number of public accolades.

Jim was also known for his artistic wood carving, with one particular piece, Surfboard Santa, which was featured in a publication for woodcarvers.

Many knew Jim for his extensive genealogical research tracing the Carr family from the Adirondacks back to the early days of the nation, connecting the family with many interesting characters and historic persons including the upstanding Reverend Thomas Buckingham, a founder of Yale University, as well as the youthful and hot headed Mayflower passenger Edward Doty of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Jim also traced Charlotte’s ancestry back to the beginnings of Quebec, being descended from a number of Filles du roi (King’s Daughters) & soldats du Carignan (Carignan soldiers ) which firmly established her family’s participation in the development of early Canadian history.

Charlotte was known for her devotion to her family. In an interview featuring Jim early in his G.E. career Charlotte was quoted “Jim’s future is our future.” That now reads as a testament to her support of her husband and loyalty to their future journey. Charlotte enjoyed expressing herself artistically through drawing, painting and writing and became especially known for her beautiful and elegant quilts.

Jim and Charlotte leave three sons: Timothy of Moodus, Connecticut, Brian of Tracy, California and Jonathan of Santa Rosa, California, along with eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Jim also leaves a sister, Mary, of Reno, Nevada. Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years Charlotte Lucille Carr (Degon), who passed away shortly before him on October 5, 2018, and by his daughter, Janet, September 11, 1963, and his brother David in January 30, 2006.

Those who wish to remember Jim and Charlotte in a special way may make gifts in their memory to: The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake, NY 12986.

Jim and Charlotte will be at rest, within sight of The Wild Center, with daughter Janet Elaine at Lakeview Cemetery, Tupper Lake, New York.