Obituaries -- 07/24/2013

Donal Robert Carpenter

June 22, 2013

Donal Robert Carpenter, 51, died suddenly Saturday, June 22, 2013. He will be greatly missed.

Born June 11, 1962, he was the son of Arthur William and Geraldine Mary (Wheelock) Carpenter Sr. Donal lived with his family in Higgins Bay, NY from 1964-1974. He was a 1980 graduate of Holland Patent Central School.

As the youngest of 10 children, he frequently claimed he earned the right to be especially cherished; he explained he was the tail end reward worth waiting for behind the nine siblings who preceded him. He asked to be referred to as “O Great One.”

Donal (no “d”) loved life and lived it day-to-day, never looking too far into the future. He was generous beyond words giving much to many without ever wanting to get. The most important thing in the world to him was his family. He adored his daughter Prissy and the two granddaughters she gave him. He loved unconditionally and expected nothing more than the same in return.

Self-employed, Donal learned the carpentry trade from his dad; his skill eventually earned him an indisputable reputation as a gifted craftsman. He was a true patriot and enjoyed a good round or several on a controversial topic. He loved music, travel, reading and all things Irish. He relished his claim to self-sufficiency, which enabled him to enjoy his garden and make pickles with his best friend Kendra. One of his favorite sidelines was to good-naturedly irritate his many nieces and nephews.

Donal is best summed up with this quote: “I think there’s a bit of the devil in everybody. There’s a bit of priest in everybody, too, but I enjoyed playing the devil more. He was more fun.”

He will never be forgotten. Up the Irish! baby brother. God bless you and angels watch over you.

Donal was predeceased by both parents and one brother, Arthur William Carpenter Jr.

He leaves behind his loving kindred spirit Kendra Kruse; one daughter, Prissy Carpenter; two granddaughters, Trinity and Shawna, West Pensacola, Fla.; step-mom Nancy Carpenter, Sherrill; four brothers, Howard (Chiharu) of Roseville, Calif., Duane (Peg) of Holland Patent, Frankie of Westernville and Dan (Alison) of Montgomery; five sisters, Mari Wilson (Joe) of Wells, Ellen Carpenter of Wallkill, Christine Gilman (Jeff) of Frederick, Md., Jean Carpenter, Utica, and Colleen Carpenter, Holland Patent; 18 nieces and nephews; and several grandnieces, grandnephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Memorial Celebration of Donal’s life was held Saturday, June 29. He was an avid supporter of the second amendment so contributions in his memory may be made to the National Rifle Association (NRA) on its website



Duane Gerard Carpenter

July 1, 2013

Duane Gerard Carpenter, 55, Holland Patent, died without notice Monday, July 1. His family, to say the least, is devastated.

Born November 15, 1957, he was the son of Arthur William and Geraldine Mary (Wheelock) Carpenter Sr. Duane lived with his family in Higgins Bay, NY from 1964-1974.

He enlisted and served in the United States Navy from 1975-79 and 1982-86. Duane was a true patriot and kept up on current affairs. He was extremely proud of his son, U.S. Army SPC Tom, who recently graduated from Ranger school. Tom is currently serving with the New York National Guard.

He was employed by the Masonic Care Community in maintenance repair. Multi-talented, he had vast knowledge in wiring, heating, plumbing and carpentry and took great pride in the home he built for his family.

His rank among 10 children was seventh, the initial member of the “four little boys.” His brother Frankie (eighth) was his best friend all the years he lived. Members of his family claimed he should have been a comedian; his keen perception awakened amusement and his quiet, unending wit tickled his friends and loved ones (most of the time).

Duane was a fixer of all things, too, unafraid to tackle any project. When he didn’t feel like doing it himself, he had no qualms about giving instruction. From a chair. With a beer.

He was a special husband, father, Poppy, brother and uncle. Family was the most important thing in his life. He enjoyed reading and gardening and possessed exceptional writing skills. The pool and the fence of sunflowers that often surrounded it were his pride and joy. He liked sticking close to home.

He will never be forgotten. Your nephew Johannes and all the rest look forward to a heavenly toast with you, Du. Until then, God bless you and angels watch over you.

Duane was predeceased by both parents and two brothers, Arthur William Carpenter Jr. and, just 10 days earlier, Donal Robert Carpenter.

He leaves behind his loving, considerate wife Peggy (White); son Tom (Corrine); four daughters, Cori of Holland Patent, Katie of Utica and Meghan and Brittani of Oriskany; three grandsons, Cole, Hunter and Lincoln; one granddaughter, Arianna; step-mom, Nancy Carpenter, Sherrill; three brothers, Howard (Chiharu) of Roseville, Calif.; Frankie of Westernville and Dan (Alison) of Montgomery; five sisters, Mari Wilson (Joe) of Wells, Ellen Carpenter of Walkill, Christine Gilman (Jeff) of Frederick, Md.; Jean Carpenter of Utica and Colleen Carpenter of Holland Patent; and many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, July 5, at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Holland Patent, NY.