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Joseph R. Carr

SHEFFIELD — Joseph R. Carr, 57, of Simsbury, Conn., passed away Feb. 2, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford after a short illness. He was born July 12, 1954, in Sharon, the son of Marie Carr of Southfield, Mass., and the late Edwin Carr. His last years of employment were spent at Riverdale Farms, where still today, no matter where you look, you can see evidence of his talents by the beautiful gardens, trees and shrubbery. Joe was a kind, gentle man with an infectious laugh and a wonderful sense of humor. His many talents included carpentry, landscaping, flower/vegetable /herb gardening and he had an uncanny ability with animals and children. His hobbies included cooking, fishing and beekeeping. At any one time, he could be seen opening a beehive with 50,000 bees while wearing shorts, no gloves or shoes. By far, his greatest talent was being a son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Anyone who knew him well knew they could count on him at any time of day or night no matter how small the request. Another of Joe’s talents was renaming people with his own unique term of endearment. With the following examples (you know who you are): Kit Kadiddle and 3⁄4 Snort, Petulaloo, The General, Grasshopper, Penelope, Kim Chee, Bug Snort and countless others. We were never even sure if he knew the given names of those people. In addition to his mother, Marie, he is survived by his brother, Edwin Carr and his wife, Barbara, of Sheffield and their children Timothy, Rebekah and Gwendolyn; his sister, Joan Moore and her husband, Richard, of Poughkeepsie; his sister, Marion McIntyre and her husband, Glenn, of Weatogue, Conn., and their children, Keith and Kristen, and Kristen’s infant daughter, Lily, who made Joe smile even when he was gravely ill; his sister, Michele Bosworth of Sheffield, and her children, Allison, Brandon, Ryan and Steven; his brother, Dana Carr of Shelbyville, Tenn.; a son, Trevor and his wife, Amanda, and beloved grandson, Joseph of Lansing, Mich.; an aunt, Patricia Buck of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; an uncle, Art DeAngelis of Poughkeepsie; and numerous other aunts and uncles; and countless friends; as well as his “Angel” Nancy. The family wishes to thank his very dear and special friend, Virginia Hughes and her husband, Mark, of Windsor, Conn., whom Joe trusted and counted on for so many things, and shared with him some of his most special and happy times in recent years. Also, heartfelt gratitude goes to Sue Keefe, APRN, for her compassionate care. Joe was one of those people whom once you met him, you could never forget. He truly loved his family and friends and his loss leaves a huge hole in our hearts. However, the angels will be laughing and their Garden of Eden will never look better. Funeral services were held Feb. 8 at the Town House Hill Cemetery in South Egremont, Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Joseph Carr Education Fund, c/o Windsor Federal Savings, attn: Customer Service Dept., 250 Broad St., Windsor, CT 06095. The Carmon Funeral Home in Granby, Conn., has charge of arrangements. For online condolences go to www.carmonfuneralhome.com.

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