Roy S. Carlson, age 92, of Edinboro, PA died Sunday, September 18, 2011 at the Edinboro Manor. He was born on May 28, 1919 in Erie, PA, the only son of the late Simon A. Carlson and Evelina Lofgren Carlson. He grew up in Erie until the family moved to McLane when he was a teenager. He went to the McLane School and later graduated from Edinboro High School. During most of World War II he worked 16 hour days 7 days a week as a welder at the ship yard in Erie building ships for the war effort. Roy was one of only two welders who was certified to weld certain specialized pipes on the ship. Towards the end of the war he joined the US Army Air Corps.
He worked at a small garage in North East, PA and Britton’s in Kearsarge and went on to be the founder and owner of Roy S. Carlson Garage on Route 99 north of Edinboro. Roy was well-known to be able to fix any car, truck, tractor, lawnmower, and even an airplane engine. He was highly skilled in working with a blowtorch and welder. He designed built his own quite large outdoor furnace that he used to heat his home for many years. Roy was a member of the Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department and was instrumental in the planning and construction of the current Fire Hall. He served on the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Edinboro which later became Marine Bank. He was also President of the bank. When Marine Bank became PNC Bank he continued on the Advisory Board. His service to the local bank spanned 25 years. Roy was a member of the Masons Oasis Lodge #416 and served as a Past Master.
Roy loved airplanes and flying. When he built his home on Crane Road he also built his own airport with two grass runways. He earned his Private Pilot’s License with Instrument Rating. Being a man with great mechanical abilities he became an FAA Certified Mechanic doing annual inspections and repairs on private aircraft.
Roy was well-known as a hard-working man with great determination and dedication often working seven days a week. He lived a simple lifestyle and was very frugal.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Dennis R. Carlson, on May 24, 2011. Dennis worked in the garage with his father for well over 50 years. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Betty Carlson Campazzi, Ed.D., of West Palm Beach, FL on February 3, 2011.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Hardman Carlson, of Edinboro, his daughter, Jan Zeart and her husband, John, of Edinboro. Four grandchildren, Clare “Maggi” Paine of Jefferson, OH, Brent Carlson and his wife, Amelia, of Bolivar TN, Melanie Carlson, and Jeffery Carlson both of Edinboro and three great grandchildren of Jefferson, Ohio and one nephew of West Palm Beach, FL. He is also survived by his close friend, Marie Yurcak, of Edinboro.
Visitors may be received at The Glunt Funeral Home, 210 Erie Street Edinboro, PA on Friday, September 23, 2011 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 7:00 to 9:00 PM. There will be a Masonic service 8:30 P.M.. The funeral will be on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at The First United Presbyterian Church, 4281 Route 6N East at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Matthew Falco.
An extra special THANK YOU to the kind, caring, dedicated staff of the Edinboro Manor for the excellent care given to Roy during the past year. Also, Thank You to the staff of Heartland Hospice for all of your help.
Memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm and Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263