Carlton R. Fowler, age 80 of Chaumont, N.Y. passed away at Samaritan Medical Center Friday morning.
Carlton was born September 20, 1933 in Watertown, the son of Roy and Catherine Griffin Fowler. He graduated from IHA High School and entered the army in 1955, serving until 1957.
Carlton married Joyce A. Delaney on September 18, 1956 at Sacred Heart Church in Watertown. The couple has lived most of their married lives in Chaumont.
Carlton was a civilian cook at Fort Drum for several years, where he earned the nickname Pops and developed Pops Hot Sauce, a salsa that he later sold at local stores and festivals across the region. Carl also worked at Grays Wholesale of Clayton for many years.
Pops was also an avid outdoorsman in his younger years and loved hunting deer and frogs. He was famous for his frog leg and wild game feeds. He loved to cook and and was a constant source of fudge and cookies to friends and family. He enjoyed making wine. He was a kind, fun-loving, affable man who lived his life fully.
He is a member of Smith-Savage Post 583 American Legion of Dexter, was a volunteer fireman with Chaumont Fire Dept., and former member of the Lyme Rod and Gun Club.
He is survived by his loving wife Joyce and his devoted daughter Carla and husband Jeff Malmgren of Three Mile Bay. He has many loving nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed by his family and many friends.
He was predeceased by four sisters and one brother.
There will be no funeral services or calling hours per his request. Cremation arrangements are with Johnson Funeral Home, Dexter. Friends are organizing a celebration of his life at the Crescent Restaurant in Chaumont on Wednesday at 3:00. All are welcome.