HERMON- Philip Leo Carpenter, 93, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Maplewood Health Care and Rehabilitation in Canton.
Funeral services will be held with the Green Funeral Home, Hermon. The services will be announced in the spring.
Philip was born in West Hermon, the son of Fred Grover and Maude Agnes Young Carpenter.
He attended Hermon High School and at the age of 17, Philip joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and was stationed at Benson mines and then went to Company 229 in Emida, Idaho. He was also stationed in Brushton and Paul Smiths.
Philip married Mary Elizabeth Newvine on May 14, 1943 in Richville, and the couple resided in Hermon at 116 Canton Street since 1943. Mrs. Carpenter passed away March 25, 2005.
Philip worked at Pine Camp (Fort Drum) in the Water and Sewer Department, for the St. Lawrence Oil Company, and Gulf Oil Corporation. In 1945, he started working for himself and eventually he partnered with John Bishop to form the DeKalb Oil Company. Mr. Bishop was bought out by Earl Stowell and that partnership lasted until 1975 when the company was sold to Agway Energy Corporation.
Philip was a member of the Hermon Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, serving as chief and dedicated over 35 years as the treasurer. He was a charter member of the St. Lawrence County Fire Chiefs Association and was a member of the Long Pond Rod and Gun Club where he had served as a director.
Philip is survived by his nine children Larry and Andrea Carpenter of Webster, Betty and Gary Livingston of DeKalb Jct., Barbara Reed of Temple, TX, Paul Carpenter of Canton, Judy and Joseph Simmons of Painted Post, Sharon and James Dear of Potsdam, Susan and Albert Simser of DeKalb Jct., Randy and Sharlene Carpenter of Rensselaer Falls, Lisa and Rick Miller of Bartlett, TX, several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and one great, great grandchild, many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife, his 6 brothers Carl, Claude, Hubert, Charles Chuck, Donald Buzz, and Everett Carpenter, and 4 sisters Helen LeBlanc, Laura Galster, Lucy Earle, and Mavis Verescak.
Memorial donations may be made to the Hermon Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.