Terrance Patrick Carlin (Terry) passed away peacefully at the age of 93 on August 28, 2022 in his home of 62 years in Marlborough, MA surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Oskaloosa, Iowa on April 5, 1929, Terry graduated from Carroll High School in 1947 and went on to serve in the Air Force during the Korean War at Dow Air Force Base in Bangor Maine. While stationed in Maine, he met and fell in love with Peggy (Margaret Barnes), a nurse at Eastern Maine Medical. Terry & Peggy married in 1953, then returned to Iowa where Terry attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Personnel Management and Labor Relations. After graduating, Terry & Peggy returned to New England to start their careers and raise a family. One of his first jobs was as a Purchasing Clerk for the Harvard College Observatory. He joined Raytheon as a Contract Manager in 1965 and rose up through the ranks to become Manager, Contract Services & Property Management before retiring in 1992. Alongside his successful career, he enjoyed traveling, skiing, photography, drawing and spending time with his family.
Terry was predeceased by his parents Florence Ann (Marten) Carlin and Joseph Rochford Carlin of Oskalossa, IA, his brother John Carlin of Breda, IA and his sister June Shurts of Port Byron, IL. He survived by his loving wife of sixty-nine years, Margaret Mary (Peggy) (Barnes) Carlin, of Marlborough, MA, six children and their spouses: daughter Alice Carlin and husband Terry Skrypek of Boylston, MA; daughter Margaret (Jane) Loureiro and husband Steven of Bowerbank, ME; daughter, Patricia Carroll and husband William of Westminster, MA; daughter Elaine (Jill) Blaisdell and husband Robert of Lunenburg, MA; son Thomas Carlin and wife Amy of Manchester, MA; and son, Paul Carlin and wife Jill of Bolton, MA. He leaves twelve grandchildren: Caitlin Sonia, Kristen Loureiro Pitts, Janna Wasel, Alison Blaisdell Lamothe, Erin Blaisdell Pacelli, Emily Carroll Holden, Patrick Carroll, Jennifer Carroll, Jay Skrypek, Ellen Carlin, Elise Carlin, Ian Carlin and 13 great grandchildren. He also leaves so many, and very much-loved in-laws, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews from Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Nebraska, Pennsylvania & Virginia.
Terry’s true legacy is his family of strong women and men who are proud and grateful to have called him, Dad and Papa. He was the kind of man that when you walked into a room full of people, he made you feel as if you were the most special person there. He was loving, kind, smart, funny, empathetic, supportive and fiercely committed to and proud of his family, frequently saying, “this is what it’s all about”. We will miss him so much!
The family will be having a private gathering in honor of Terry in the near future. In lieu of flowers, please consider performing a random act of kindness or a donation to a charity of your choice in Terry’s name. Terry was interested in leaving the world as a better place for future generations. In line with that interest, he gave to various organizations that helped fight climate change. Two of his favorites were:
The Clean Air Task Force
Union of Concerned Scientists
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Jane and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Your Dad sounds like an amazing person.
With my deepest sympathy, Ed Rohner
We think of you fondly Uncle Terry. You favored us all as a nurturing guide in youth and a good friend across the years. A beacon of life lived well. Grateful for all our time together with many good times, more than a few life lessons and so, so, so many wonderful memories. The gentle yet awesome force Terry demonstrated as he lived each day continues with us. May we be worthy guardians of his spirit. We mourn this loss together with Aunt Peg & all our cousins. but…. The legacy of this great man lives on in us all and we continue to share that love with the entire Carlin family..
My condolences to the family I was. Dad care give.any time got to work he must sure that I have some food to eat. Dad make me feel like I’m the one of the family members. I always call him Dad I remember one day mom give him cockles and he give it to me. To eat. Dad was such nice man. The time I spent with him he always makes me feel so special. I will always remember him. May ur soul rest in peace ?
Alice I am so sorry for your loss. It is times like this that all your memories will help you get through. Love Marie ?
Terry was a great neighbor and has a wonderful Family.