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William E. Carlisle


William E. Carlisle, 77, of 35090 State Route 3, Carthage, NY, passed away April 28, 2014 at Samaritan Medical Center.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Fri., May 2 at the Bruce Funeral Home, 131 Maple St., Black River, NY. The rosary will be said at 8:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

A prayer service will be held 10 a.m. at the funeral home with a funeral mass following at 11:00 a.m. Sat., May 3 at St. James Catholic Church in Carthage with Rev. George Maroun, Pastor officiating. .

Burial will follow in the family plot at Fairview Cemetery, Carthage.

Bill was born on November 15, 1936 in Black River, NY, son of Eber S. and Flora Dona Carlisle. He graduated from Immaculate Heart Academy in June 1955. The following year he graduated from the Watertown School of Commerce and received a Certificate in Accounting. He was a member of the U.S. army Reserves from 1959 to 1966.

Bill started his work career as a manager of Wonder Bread in Black River and then worked for St. Regis Paper Co., for a year. He was Manager of the Shoe Department for Wilbur’s Discount City in Watertown for several years. He was employed by Marine Midland Bank in Watertown and Syracuse for three years. On January 6, 1966 he joined the New York State Department of Transportation in Syracuse in the Highway Maintenance Department. Through years of hard work he worked his way up the civil service tiers to the position of Principle Engineering Technician. Bill retired on October 11, 2000 after 35 years of service.

He was a member of the Public Employees Federation, Civil Service Employees Association and a Lifetime member of the New York State Association of Transportation Engineers. Bill was also a Third Degree Knights of Columbus (inactive). In the 1960’s he worked with his parish of St. Paul’s in Black River to raise funds to build the current Church in that community. Bill also served as a member of the Town of Wilna Planning Board from 1987 to 2007 when failing health forced his resignation. Bill was an outstanding gardener and a lifelong avid New York Yankee fan.

Bill married Ann Marie Coughlin of Carthage on July 18, 1970 at St. James Catholic Church with Rev. Hugh J. Connaghan officiating.

Mrs. Carlisle was a teacher at Cobleskill Ag. Tech College, an adjunct instructor at Jefferson Community College, a tenured business teacher at Carthage Central School and taught 16 years at Immaculate Heart Central retiring in 2007 after 40 years of teaching.

Among his survivors are his wife of 43 years, Anne Marie Carlisle, Carthage; a son and daughter-in-law, Hugh Thomas and Christine Millham Carlisle, Newington, CT; a daughter and son-in -aw, Christina Ann and Thomas T. Trottier, Watertown. Also surviving are five grandsons, McKennon Trottier, twins; Jameson and Greyson Trottier, Kamden Carlisle and Connor Carlisle. He is also survived by a brother, Wayne G. Carlisle, NC; two sisters and a brother-in-law; Mary Pistolese, Town of Rutland and Florence and Richard Ashcroft, Elkhart, IN; several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his parents, a sister, Anne Brigham and a sister Loretta who passed shortly after birth.

Donations may be made to St. James Heritage Fund care of St. James Parish Carthage, NY 13619.

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