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Timothy William Carr

July 14, 1948 — September 30, 2023

Ponte Vedra Beach

Timothy William Carr

 

Timothy William Carr passed away peacefully on September 30, 2023, with his family lovingly by his side.

Born July 14,1948 to William and Rosalie (Mahoney) Carr, Tim lived his rambunctious young life in Watervliet, New York with his two brothers, Bill, and Jim, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends nearby. 

Family vacations to Hampton Beach, New Hampshire led to a love of the ocean. It was there Tim became an expert at body surfing and sandcastle building. All skills he passed along to his children and grandchildren. 

Tim graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1966. It was at Catholic High Tim became affectionately known as Zip, a nickname which is still used to this day.  After graduation he enrolled at Manhattan College in the Bronx, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. Tim spent much of his free time at the Apollo Theater and selling beer at Yankee Stadium. Manhattan College became a very important and special part of Tim’s life and legacy. As a proud Jasper, he sat on many boards directing the future of the institution. 

Tim married Mary Lou (Sherwood) August 8, 1970, in Troy, New York. Together they raised their family in Poughkeepsie, NY, Pittsburgh, Pa, San Diego, Ca, and Indianapolis, In. They learned to love the home NFL team, enjoying season tickets and many Sundays at Three Rivers Stadium, Jack Murphy Stadium, or the RCA Dome. Tim and Mary Lou loved to travel and experience new and old cities, customs, and food. They were fortunate to have also lived in Hong Kong and Sitges, Spain. The love of travel persevered even in retirement, many of which were to the East and West Coasts to visit with their children and grandchildren.

 

Tim attended RPI in Troy, New York where he earned a PhD in Physical Chemistry. While at RPI he was a member of The Society of the Sigma Xi, and he earned a fellowship with IBM. 

During his 14 years at IBM, Tim was awarded with many Invention Achievement Awards and received several patents in addition to serving as an editor for the book Plasma Chromatography. His last position with IBM was Laboratory Director for Electronic Packaging. In 1988 he moved to ALCOA working in R&D and manufacturing in the computer chip packaging industry; he later transitioned to Closure Systems International. While at ALCOA Tim received patents for his work and spoke nationally and internationally on industry related practices. His last position at ALCOA was Senior VP of Global Technology and Product Development. Tim left a legacy of strong research and development for future innovation and product and material development at both IBM and ALCOA. 

Tim’s greatest accomplishments are his two children, Elizabeth, and Patrick. Tim joyfully coached T-Ball, helped with many amazing science fair projects, taught both to drive, how to bowl, and how to vacuum and check chemical levels in pools, but most importantly he gave his children a love of learning. Late night math and chemistry tutoring could be heard by the neighbors, don’t ask him why just know the answer is the answer! Tim loved to entertain his children with stories about “Old Man Babuka” and sing Irish folk songs at bedtime. A tradition that continued with his five grandchildren. 

In retirement Tim spent countless hours volunteering with St Vincent De Paul in Jacksonville Beach providing necessary services to those in need. He volunteered as a Storyteller at TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach where he enjoyed driving a golf cart and sharing the history of TPC and the Players Championship. His Catholic faith was an essential aspect of Tim’s life. He felt it important to be a daily communicant. He and Mary Lou attended Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Ponte Vedra Beach where Tim was an usher. They are members of Sawgrass Beach and Country Club. You could often find them walking on the beach, reading by the pool, or having a drink at the bar. He and Mary Lou enjoyed many hours soaking up the sun there. Unbeknownst to the staff, Tim proudly watched over the beach towels becoming the self-appointed towel czar! 

Tim is preceded in death by his mother Rosalie, father William, and his brother William. He is survived by his devoted wife Mary Lou at home, daughter Elizabeth Harris and her husband Scott of Visalia, CA, and son Patrick Carr and his wife Sara (Haubert) of Poughquag, NY.  He also leaves behind his beloved grandchildren Timothy, Ryan, Daniel, Aiden, and Kathryn as well as his brother Jim and his wife Ruth of East Greenbush, NY, sister-in-law Patricia Carr of Rocky Point, NY, brother-in-law John Sherwood and his wife Mary of West Sand Lake, NY and many nieces, nephews, and friends. 

The Carr family would like to thank Harbor Chase of Jacksonville for the care they brought to Tim the last year of his life, Vitas Hospice Care for the recent specialized care, and to all family, friends and colleagues that have had unwavering love and support during Tim’s journey with Dementia. 

In lieu of flowers the family asks for you to spend time with your loved ones, have a beer, a well-done steak and enjoy life. 

If a donation in Tim’s name is calling to your heart please support St Vincent De Paul Society at 224 North Fifth St. Jacksonville Beach, Fl 32250.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church, 1925 NY-82, Lagrangeville, NY 12540 October 21, 2023, at 10:00 in the morning.

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Saturday, October 21, 2023

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

St Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church

1952 NY- 82, Lagrangeville, NY 12540

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