SALISBURY – Frederick C. Carpenter, 71 of Military Road, Town of Salisbury passed away Wednesday, September, 12, 2018 at Faxton-St. Luke’s Medical Center, New Hartford with his loving family at his side after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born on June 30, 1947 in Little Falls, NY the son of the late Leland A. Carpenter, Sr. and the late Doris (Rockwell) Atkins. He was a graduate of the Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School class of 1965.
On June 14, 2003 he was united in marriage to the former Linda Stallman (Randall) in Salisbury Center.
Fred was a veteran of the US Air Force during the Vietnam Era. He entered the service on January 24, 1966 in Albany, NY and was honorably discharged on May 28, 1969 as a Sergeant from Pope AFB, Fayetteville, NC.
After his service to the US Air Force he transferred to the Federal Fire Service beginning his career at the former Griffiss Air Force Base, Rome in 1973 and in 1995 he transferred to the Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts where he retired as the Asst. Chief of Training in 1997.
A 45 year member of the Salisbury Vol. Fire Dept. joining in 1972 he served as Chief of the Department from 1976-1978, was awarded the department Firefighter of the Year Award in 1984, served as Fire District Commissioner from 1980-1982 and currently served as the department Historian. He served as past President of the Salisbury Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club, was an instructor and member of the NYS Snowmobilers Assn. and was honored by that association as the NYS Most Valuable Snowmobiler of the year for 2015.
Fred enjoyed camping with his RV in the state parks in the Adirondacks, trips to the casino, enjoyed attending the Great American Irish Festival and taking cruise vacations. He was an avid hunter who enjoyed his time spent with his hunting friends and family at the camp in Noblesboro and New Berlin and was an avid golfer playing in the senior league at LF Municipal Golf Course for many years.
He is survived by his wife Linda, his mother in law Roba Johnson, Salisbury, his son Damian F. Carpenter and his wife Stacey, Salisbury, his step sons, Roderick Nichols and his wife Pia, Little Falls, David Randall and his wife Rachael, and Jason Randall both of Salisbury, his step daughters Coreena Ouderkirk and her husband Jeff, Dolgeville and Crystal Gorinshek and her husband Joseph, Salisbury, his brother Conrad Carpenter (Charlene), Dolgeville, his sisters Donna Baum (William), Dolgeville, Patricia Griffin (Brian), Oppenheim, Sandra Smith (Clark), Richfield Springs, Mary Jane Baldwin, (Greg), Broadalbin, Judy Hayes, Gloversville, Drucilla Lasher (Donald), Oppenheim, Donna Atkins, Dolgeville and Hope Bonafield (Bill), Exeter, his grandchildren, Noah and Bella Nichols, Torrey Wood, Jolene Edick, Natasha and Wade Ostrander, Lindsey and Nathan Randall and Nevaeh Ferguson, several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Leland A. Carpenter, Jr, 2006 and by his sister Julie Lynch in 2016.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 12:00 pm from the Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, Inc., 42 N. Ann Street, Little Falls, NY where the Salisbury Fire Dept. will conduct their services in honor of their deceased brother. The funeral procession will follow to the Salisbury Rural Cemetery, Town of Salisbury where Military Honors will be accorded by the US Air Force.
Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the funeral home on Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and to attend the funeral services to follow.
It is the wish of the family that contributions in memory of Past Chief Carpenter be considered to the Salisbury Vol. Fire Dept. PO Box 65, Salisbury Center, NY 13454. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home for this purpose.
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Theresa Gorinshek for all of her kindness, care and compassion shown to Fred and his family.