Walter L. Carpenter

Died: Sat., Sep. 15, 2018

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Douglas- Walter L. Carpenter, 79, died peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 at home surrounded by his devoted family. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Marilyn (Resseguie) Carpenter.
Besides his beloved wife, Mr. Carpenter leaves behind his daughters Sheryll Davis of Millbury, Leanne Cullinan of Palm Beach, FL, and Amy Carpenter Aquino and her husband James of Arlington Heights, IL; his son Scott Carpenter; sisters, Nancy Dyer and her husband Mills of TN, Carol Swallow, and Sally Ballou and her husband Ed; grandchildren, Megan Cullinan, Lyndsey Davolio, Benjamin, Isabelle, and Juliet Aquino; a special family friend, Jayne Davolio; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Barbara Ann Gjeltema and his cherished grandson Michael Cullinan.
        Born in Worcester on March 15, 1939, to Lincoln and Wibbie Carpenter, Walter lived in Douglas most of his life and was a graduate of Douglas High School class of 1957. After high school he entered East Coast Aero Tech, where he developed an enduring love of flying. Walter then joined the United States Army and was stationed in various posts around the country during the Vietnam era. He also served for several years in the Massachusetts National Guard. Following discharge from the Army, Mr. Carpenter worked at NCR Corporation and Data General. In the 1980s, he turned his enthusiasm and affinity for flying into a career, first as a flight instructor at Sterling and Marlboro airports and later as a helicopter pilot for Boston traffic reporting services and Boston MedFlight. In 1987, he began working as a helicopter pilot for UMass Memorial LifeFlight in Worcester, and flew for them until his retirement in 1996.
        Mr. Carpenter had a deep and abiding respect for nature and wildlife. He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, boating, scuba diving, sky diving, snowmobiling, and gardening. He belonged to the Douglas Beagle Club and the Hopedale Pistol Club for several years and was a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association.
        Relatives and friends are invited to attend Walter's funeral home service on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. at Jackman Funeral Home, 7 Mechanic St., Douglas. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Douglas. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Douglas Fire Department and to the Salmon VNA and Hospice with a special thank you to his nurse Julie Hayward. To leave a condolence message for the family please visit:

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Lori Prue
   Posted Mon September 17, 2018
Sheryll so sorry for your entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you get through the very difficult times ahead. Love to you all, Lori

Betty (Beckham) Potter
   Posted Mon September 17, 2018
To all the Carpenter Family: We were so sorry to hear about Walter's passing. He was a good guy.
God Bless You All,
Betty and Harry (Sandy) Potter

Marietta Bombara
   Posted Mon September 17, 2018
Marilyn, so sad for you and your family, my deepest condolences. I will remember Walter, and you all in my prayers. May wonderful memories outlast your sadness and grief.

David Prince
   Posted Tue September 18, 2018
Dear Nancy and Carpenter Family.

I'm sorry to hear of Walter's passing. He has led a full life. Please accept my heartfelt condolence and I hope your grief is tempered by your good memories of Walter.

With sympathy,
Dave Prince

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