My father passed away on January 22nd after a long illness. Not much I can say beyond the usual, as the web is a somewhat inappropriate space for such things. That said, he was a great guy who always did his best and we had a relationship that got closer every year. Not everyone is so lucky.
Here’s his obituary, which is even less personal than a blog post:
CARTER, Nicholas Of Milton. Jan 22. born Hanover NH, December 15th 1935. Died January 22nd in Milton MA.
Son of Philip & Muriel Carter. Nick attended St. Mark's School in Southborough, MA, class of 1954, and later served as Trustee and Treasurer for many years, and was connected to the school for all of his life. He attended Williams College in Williamstown, MA.
His Williams career was interrupted by two years in the U.S. Navy, and he graduated in 1960.
37 year resident of Milton, MA, Nick had been a Warden and treasurer of St. Michael's Episcopal Church of Milton, as well he served in that capacity in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. Active in the Milton Civil War Society, Nick had also been president of the Milton Historical Commission.
For the past 25 years, Nick has been a member of the Orthodox Church of America, attending Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, on the Fenway in Boston. He has been very involved at Holy Trinity, and was the Treasurer.
After retiring as a senior vice president of the Bank of America (he began at the Shawmut Bank, then Fleet Bank) Nick became treasurer and then president of the Clipper Ship Foundation in Boston, where he was active almost until the very end. Nick was renowned for his personal warmth and keen sense of humor. He was a role model and source of steady counsel to his immediate and extended family, friends and the broader community.
Beloved husband of June Carter. Devoted father of Nick Carter and his wife Felice Luftschein of Philomath, OR and Betsy Carter and her partner Ken Sum-Kuriyama of Toronto Ontario. Grandfather to Henry and Maxwell Carter of Philomath. Brother to Michael Carter of Peterborough NH and Alice Carter of Boston MA. He will be sorely missed by his many loving friends and relatives.
Burial Matins to be held Friday January 27th at 6:00 PM in the Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, followed by a repast in the church hall. 165 Park Drive Boston MA. Requiem service (Panikhida) Saturday, Jan. 28th 1:00 PM. Interment Westlawn Cemetery Williamstown, MA Monday January 30, at noon.
I had planned on visiting him in February, and changed my plans to January when his health took a turn for the worse but as is typical I was a bit late and he passed the day before I left (the flooding didn't help - even if I had made emergency plans to fly in I would have missed him - small solace). Being a complete nut I took the train out east so I will have some posts that follow about my adventures.