Clair's Story

EASTON - Clair Eugene Carter quietly passed away on Saturday evening March 7, 2015, seventeen days before his 92nd birthday. His passage was at the Maine Veterans Home in Caribou, ME.

Clair was born in Masardis, ME on March 24, 1923, the son of Clair Alton and Pearl Leona Carter. He graduated from Oakfield High School in 1940. In 1943 he entered into service for his country and was stationed throughout New Guinea and the South Pacific with the 849th Engineer Aviation Battalion as Battalion clerk. He truly among those considered "The Greatest Generation". After his discharge from the Army Air Core in 1945, Clair continued his education at Husson College in Bangor and graduated from the University of Maine in Orono with a BA degree in Business Education.

Clair began his teaching career in Patten, Maine but for the majority of his career was a business teacher and later Principal of Easton High School in Aroostook County. During his 28-year career he was a loved and respected teacher, coach and principal. He was an advocate for the sons and daughters of Easton. After his retirement from Easton High School, he worked for another ten years for the U. S. Census service traveling throughout Aroostook County. Clair along with his beloved wife Eldora, were active and respected members of the United Methodist Church and Easton community. Clair was an active member of the American Legion and Kiwanis Club.

He loved to fly fish the Prestile and the River de Chute streams and had a great love for the outdoors and all of its' wonders. Clair had several times taken high school field trips to the top of Mt. Katahadin and loved to hike, walk, skate, and cross country ski. Many times he would be seen with wife, children and /or grandkids heading out of town with his pop-up camper for a week-end camping trip. He loved to talk to people for the sheer pleasure of the conversation.

Surviving Clair are his loving children Jeffery and partner Sue Gartley, Vaughn and wife Cheryl, Andrea Celayeta and husband Tony, Michael and wife Beth, Dana and wife Kim, Wendell and wife Doreen; sister Judy Heath of Patten; and brother Robert Carter of Berwick. He is missed by his grandchildren Travis and wife Sheri, Julie Nadeau and husband Matt, Troy and wife Lori, Alyce Genova and husband Alan, Adam Celayeta, Jeremy, Emily, Molly, and Kyle. His six beautiful and loved great-grandchildren also survive Clair.

Clair is pre-deceased by his cherished wife of 66 years, Eldora Leita and daughter Amy Louise, also his parents and sister Nina Weir.

A celebration of Clair's life will take place 1 PM, March 21, 2015 at the New Song Church in Easton. Visiting with family and friends will be from 12 to 1 PM. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The Clair Carter Honorary Scholarship at Easton High School, P.O. Box 126, Easton, ME 04740 to help those seeking higher education further their goal. Services in care of Duncan-Graves Funeral Home, Presque Isle. Online condolences may be expressed at
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