CARMEL AND FARMINGDALE - Harold Carter passed away at home on April 16, 2016 surrounded by his family. Hal loved life and lived it to the fullest with his wife, Suzette, and their daughter Sarah. Sarah and Dan brought him immeasurable joy, and with the birth of their son, Carter Schock, his heart filled to almost bursting. Hal attended all of Sarah's school events as well as coaching and interpreting, in American Sign Language, Little League softball and basketball as a supportive, loving, involved parent. Family was first and foremost in his life.
Hal's embrace of life, and family was nurtured early by warm and loving parents and brother. He loved history and dabbled in genealogy. The family camp at Moosehead Lake provided a wealth of experiences which Hal shared as a child and an adult with his own family, family that included his 'best friend' Koko, a chocolate lab, and a very close bond with Dan, like a son he never had. They so loved fishing together.
Hal saw needs in others and worked to fill them. He will be remembered as a dedicated, compassionate man, devoted to family and his community. He donated time and resources to various charities, as well as designing and building homes for his family and when his daughter and Dan were ready for their own home, one for them as well. Giving and sharing were hallmarks of Hal's daily life.
He was born March 23, 1949 and attended Lawrence High School in Fairfield. He attended Eastern Maine Technical Institute to study Machine Tool Technology and proudly served his country in the Air National Guard as a certified aircraft maintenance specialist. He retired from General Electric, after 37 years, at age 55.
Hal is survived by his wife Suzette with whom he shared a mutual respect and love for 37 years, daughter Sarah, son-in-law Dan, and grandson, Carter; his mother, Genevieve Calder Carter; father-in-law Merle Howard, brother Don and sister-in-law Paula; and several loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold E. Carter and mother-in-law, Velma Howard.
A celebration of his life, with family and close friends, will be held at a later date.
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