LAKE PLACID — The world lost a vibrant Irish soul this week. Kevin McDonald Carroll, a native of Lake Placid, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010 in Burlington, Vt.
He came into the world on March 15, 1945, the son of the late Lucille and George Carroll.
Kevin, tall with twinkling blue eyes and impish grin, loved anything Irish and was a scholar, absorbing any information he could on history, science, economic and most recently Vermont. He loved the outdoors and in his youth was a downhill skier and ski instructor. Kevin also sailed Lake Champlain for many years. While living in Vermont, he would keep in shape by walking 5 or 6 miles several times a week and playing tennis or snowshoeing with his sister on weekends. Kevin’s other great love was baking. You knew he was fond of you if you were a recipient of a pan of fabulous chocolate brownies or his infamous cheesecake. Kevin was already planning to bake pecan pies for the family’s Thanksgiving celebration.
Kevin’s first love was his family, particularly his sons: Brendan Carroll of Orlando, Fla., John Philip Carroll of Bel Air, Md. and David Carroll of Goldendale, Wash. He spoke with great pride of their accomplishments. Kevin also was a loving brother to Kathleen Carroll of New York City and Mary Claire Carroll of Richmond, Vt. While living in Vermont, he spent many hours talking to his brother-in-law Alan James Oliver and nephew Devin Oliver about their common interests, specifically the Civil War and naval history and language.
Other beloved family and close friends include Suzi Carroll, Gabrielle Carroll, Shane Carroll, Jude McCarney and Riley Joseph Carroll, Dorothy Carroll and all of his Carroll cousins in Washington, Mary Jean and Jack Burke and the rest of the Plankey cousins in Staten Island and Florida, Sara Rhode, Nathan Farb, Marie Primus and Caroline Carson Mintzer. He will also be missed by many friends from Lake Placid.
Kevin graduated with honors from the Northwood School in Lake Placid, where he won prizes in both science and English. He later received a degree in economic and political science, cum laude, from the University of Maryland.
During the Vietnam War era, he was a linguist for the U.S. Navy as a specialist in the Thai language. He eventually joined the National Security Agency as an intelligence and systems analyst. He then worked in real estate development in Maryland before returning to Lake Placid. There he became a consultant for the 1980 Olympic organizing committee. After the Olympics he worked as a business broker before buying the Lake Placid Disposal Service in the mid-’80s.
In the mid-’90s Kevin moved his family to Naples, Fla., where he worked for several development and construction companies as an estimator or project manager. In 2009, he moved back to his beloved Northeast to work for Ran-Mar Corporation in Barre, Vt.
Calling hours were held Sunday, Oct. 17 at the M.B. Clark Funeral Home in Lake Placid with an American Legion prayer service at 5:45 p.m., followed by a Bible vigil service. A funeral service was held Monday, Oct. 18, at the funeral home. The Rev. John Yonkovig and the Rev. Patrick O’Reilly officiated. Burial followed in the St. Agnes Cemetery in Lake Placid.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Vermont Cancer Center or a cancer charity of your choice. For more information about the Vermont Cancer Center, visit vermontcancer.org. The family thanks the compassionate doctors and nurses of Fletcher Allen Health Care, especially McClure 6 for the great care they gave Kevin.