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FREMONT, N.H.: John Edward Carr died peacefully at his home in Fremont N.H., surrounded by his family, on March 16, 2016, after a long battle with Chronic Lung disease.

John was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Edward and Margaret Carr on February 3, 1944. He graduated from Sheepshead Bay High School in 1962 and entered the U.S. Forest Service as a Smoke Jumper, fighting forest fires in Alaska. In 1965, John joined the Peace Corps and spent several years in Africa building roads and infrastructure. After extensive travels in Europe, he returned to the U.S., met Carolyn in Atlanta and settled in New Hampshire in 1972 to work as an engineer and to raise his family.

Throughout his travel and experiences, John developed a magnificent ability to never let a truth get in the way of a good story, eventually achieving a BS field degree in Blarney, which he practiced regularly with friends, family and any unsuspecting stranger who happened across his path. John was a proud family-man and will be fondly remembered for his love of reading, gardening, Irish music, storytelling, limericks and jokes.

He is survived by Carolyn; his wife of 46 years, his daughter Jennifer Carr-Smith and her husband, Brian Carr-Smith of Larchmont, N.Y.; his son, 1SG Christopher Carr and his wife, Heidi Carr of Sandown, N.H. He is also survived by his five grandchildren, Caitlin Carr-Smith, Emma Carr, Connor Carr-Smith, Caroline Carr-Smith and Abby Carr.

John did not wish to have a funeral service, but his family invites all to raise a pint in his memory. Donations may be made to The National Smoke Jumper Association, 5765 West Broadway St., Missoula, MT. 59808. For more information, please visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com.
Published on  March 17, 2016
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