Patrick John Carroll, III, 80, of Erie, formerly of Laurel Drive, Bradford, died on Friday, January 28, in UPMC Hamot holding the hand of his loving wife, Gloria.
Born on Palm Sunday, March 17, 1940, in Bradford, he was the oldest son of the late Patrick John Carroll, Jr., and Rita Leone (Cleveland) of Bradford. His family, friends, and classmates called him, “Duke”. Each Saint Patrick’s Day, he celebrated his birthday with shenanigans as a leprechaun.
Educated in St. Bernards Catholic School, he graduated with the Class of 1958. A proud Knight, he graduated with his bachelor’s degree in 1963 from Gannon University.
On July 13, 1963, in St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Eldred, he married the former, Gloria Jean Sherwood, who survives, and he attributes, “she taught me what love is.”
As newlyweds, they moved to Long Island, NY. Pat attended graduate school at Fordham University, New York City, NY. He began working as a social worker for L. B. J. Mental Health Clinic. He earned his Master of Social Work degree in 1966 from Fordham University. He then worked for Catholic Charities in Long Island, NY, as a social worker, until 1968.
The young couple with their two sons, Michael and Mark, returned to Bradford, to grow and raise their family, where they resided for 52 years until recently moving to Erie to be near to their daughter, and her family.
Pat worked at Cattaraugus County Guidance Center from 1968 until 1970. Then for 30 years, Pat served as the Executive Director and CEO of The ReHabilitation Center of Allegany and Olean, NY, serving infants, children, adolescents, adults, and seniors with developmental and physical disabilities and their families including a children’s learning center, adult day-treatment program, sheltered workshop (SubCon), out-patient clinic (Carroll Clinic), assisted living, residential services, and respite care services. The agency grew from a handful of concerned parents seeking services for their children into a beacon of hope providing services from over 20-sites throughout the community, which are now provided by Intandem. He also served as an adjunct professor at St. Bonaventure University, Olean, NY.
During his career he served on several local, county, state, and federal boards to advocate for and enhance the lives of people with disabilities through supports and services, and for betterment of the community. Some of his involvements included New York State Association for Rehabilitation Facilities (NYSARF); New York State Association of Rehabilitation Centers, (NYSARC), Cattaraugus BOCES, Olean General Hospital, St. Bonaventure University, Jamestown Community College (JCC), and CARE for Children in Bradford.
Pat was recognized locally and state-wide for his innovative role in developing and implementing special programs and services for thousands of people with disabilities. A couple of those awards included the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce L.O.U.I.E. (Love of Olean United In Enterprise) awarded in 1991; and he became a Paul Harris Fellow as a member and past-president of the Olean and International Rotary Club.
In additional to his activities with civic and professional organizations, Pat was involved in activities for his children including the Lincoln Elementary School having served as PTO president, baseball coach, and Boy Scout leader. He was instrumental in organizing the George G. Blaisdell PTO when the school opened in 1980.
As a boy, he learned to hunt and fish from his uncles, which became a past-time he enjoyed and shared with his sons, father-in-law, brothers-in-law, and nephews.
Upon retirement Pat and his wife, enjoyed wintering in St. Augustine Beach, Florida, with his brother Jim (Helen) Carroll, and their friends Karen and the late Dick Gleason. The couples also vacationed together in Ocean City, MD, and traveled to Ireland. He traveled to visit his children and grandchildren, who affectionately called him Poppa Duke. The last few years, Pat enjoyed maintaining his lawn and garden, became an avid birdwatcher, and enjoyed texting senior style to his family and friends.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 56 years, Gloria, includes their four children and spouses and 11 grandchildren: Michael P. (Penny Sayers) Carroll, of Cary, NC, and their children, Megan A. Carroll of Asheville, NC, Murphy P. (Sarah Berglund) Carroll of Portland, OR, and Griffin M. (Jennifer Hiteshew) of Cary, NC; Mark E. and (Calista Castagnetto) of Chantilly, VA, and her children Tanya (Brian) Opperman of Aldie, VA, and Brittney Bennett of Virginia Beach, VA, and their daughter, Delaina Shea Carroll of Chantilly, VA; Cathi and Mark Davis of Erie, and their children, Mark A. Davis, II of Warren, Elizabeth A. and Evan M. Davis, both of Erie; and Dana Carroll Lucas and her children, Nigel M. and Kiara M. Lucas, of Cary, NC.
Also, surviving include four great-grandchildren, Brady Opperman, son of Tanya (Brian) Opperman of Aldie, VA; Lionel Mills Carroll, son of Murphy (Sarah) Carroll of Portland, OR; and Braxton Wayne and Elliana Rose Davis, children of Mark A. Davis, II and Mecala Chambers of Warren, who are expecting the arrival of their third child this spring.
Additional survivors include his siblings, Sarah R. Carroll, James (Helen) Carroll, and Francie (Greg) Ambuske, all of Bradford, and Tom (Annette) Carroll of Muncie, IN,; his brothers-in-law, Lewis C. Sherwood of Eldred and Thomas (Elizabeth) Sherwood of Caledonia, NY; numerous nieces and nephews, many great-nieces and great-nephews; and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Lewis and Lottie (Bashline) Sherwood; one sister Judith (Carroll) Simon, who died on May 7, 2020; his uncle whom he cared for, Shearon T. Carroll, who died in 1999; one nephew, Lewis C. Sherwood, who died in 2015; his uncle and aunt, Neal (Deanie) Donahue; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made in his memory to Intandem for The Rehabilitation Foundation: The Carroll-Sherwood Memorial Award, 1439 Buffalo Street, Olean, NY 14760, https://rehabilitationcenter.wufoo.com/forms/z1nv3rp40hz2ngu or a meaningful charity of the donor’s choice.
There will be no viewing or visitation as private services were held by the family with a funeral mass celebrated on Thursday, February 4, in St. Stanislaus Church, Erie, with fellow St. Bernard Catholic School alum, Father Leo J. Gallina as celebrant.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of his son-in-law, Mark A. Davis, Supervisor, Edward J. Garr Funeral Home, Inc. and Davis Cremation & Funeral Services, 459 E. 12th St. Erie, PA 16503. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.garrdavisfuneralhome.com.
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