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William John Carr Carlin

BANGOR - William J.C. Carlin, 86, died Feb. 15, 2013, in Bangor. Mr. Carlin born Jan. 21, 1927, was the son of George A. and Mary Carr Carlin of Garden City, N.Y.

He is survived by his son, William J.C. Carlin Jr. of Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, N.Y.; and daughters, Mercer Forbes Carlin of Washington Heights, New York City, and her son, Timothy, and Alison Carlin Carrabba of Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, N.Y., and her daughter, Emily. He is also survived by his former wife, Louanna O. Carlin of Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, N.Y.; and sister, Joan Woodcock Nestler of Bangor.

After graduating from Canterbury School, New Milford, Conn., he joined the U.S. Navy, serving as seaman first class on the USS Missouri. Upon completion of his naval service, he attended Yale University where he majored in philosophy and was vice chairman of Yale Daily News, when William F. Buckley was chairman. Despite differing views, they remained friends through the years. He was a member of Zeta Psi and Aurelian Honor Society. After Yale, he was in journalism for several years as a rewrite-man for Long Star-Journal, editorial-feature writer for Bedford (Pa.) Daily Gazette, and editor for Associated Press, Washington, D.C. Mr. Carlin then worked for Chase Manhattan Bank, where he became vice president and director of public relations, and accompanied David Rockefeller on trips to London, Dusseldorf, Germany and Beirut. After Chase, he served as director of communications for New York Zoological Society, known popularly as The Bronx Zoo; American Mining Congress, Washington, D.C.; and Whittier College, Whittier, Calif.; and as an agent for Coldwell Banker Ambassador, Whittier, Calif. He was president of Brooklyn Heights Association and Heights Casino. Mr. Carlin summered in Point O' Woods, where he was president of Flotsam & Jetsam Club and a director of Point O' Woods Club. He was a member of Knickerbocker Club, Rockaway Hunt Club, Lawrence Beach Club and Yale Club of New York City. Mr. Carlin was either winner or runner-up of Heights Casino "B" Squash Doubles Championship for 10 years. He was ranked number two in the U.S. in his age division in 1992. His son, Will, was U.S. Squash Champion in 1989. Mr. Carlin was a member of U.S. Squash Racquets Association Board of Directors, and he was president of Southern California Squash Racquets Association. He became a Unitarian Universalist when he joined All Souls Church, Manhattan, New York City. A member of First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn (N.Y.) for many years, Mr. Carlin served on its executive council. Upon moving to Maine, Mr. Carlin became a member of Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor, serving on its council and as chairman of the welcoming congregation committee and the committee of ministry. He was especially proud of UUSB's designation as a welcoming congregation in the early 2000's by Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. Participation in the church is open without reference to political or religious beliefs or sexual orientation. Mr. Carlin enjoyed playing duplicate bridge in Brewer, particularly with his patient partner, Donald Murray. His beloved niece, Julie Woodcock Ervin, was his almost daily companion, caretaker and conversationalist for the past two years, and she was holding his hand as he took his last breath. He died in his sleep.

Service details will be announced when finalized, and those who wish to remember him in a special way

may make gifts in his memory to Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St., Bangor, ME 04401 or Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor, P.O Box 1125, Bangor, ME 04401. A service of Brookings-Smith,

Bangor. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.


Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 20, 2013
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