Carlton Fawcett

Obituary of Carlton Fawcett

Carlton C. Fawcett, age 97, of Big Flats, NY passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Carlton was born June 11, 1919 in Millville, NJ to Leroy and Ethel (Hill) Fawcett. Carlton married Barbara Hillman in 1954 at Corning First Presbyterian church where he spent many years as a member and served as a deacon. He is remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Carlton was born and raised in southern New Jersey where he developed an affinity for a ripe Jersey tomato, clam fritters, blue fish, and the simple offerings of the New Jersey coast (bikes on the boardwalk, tent camping at Sea Isle, clamming and fishing the Atlantic Ocean.) Carlton spent a number of years working in his family’s bakery and honing his eye for detail: a delectable wedding pound cake was baked for all of his children’s wedding receptions.

The New Jersey coast had a lasting impression on Carlton. His summers were spent around water whether it was family vacations on the Jersey shore (Sea Isle, Cape May or Ocean City), boat fishing trips on the Atlantic Coast, taking the grandchildren tubing on Keuka, or simply sitting by the family pool watching life happen: grand kids learning to swim or enjoying the company of friends and family with perfectly cooked steaks and tasty burgers. This affinity for the coast and appreciation for an afternoon at the pool has been passed through all generations of his family.

Carlton spent many years learning new skills and trades with the Boy Scouts of America and as a Merchant Seamen in WWII, training at Sheepshead Bay and gaining accolades for swimming and diving. The skills he acquired provided him the ability to assist his parents in the building of their house in New Jersey, building the Fawcett house (and pool) in Big Flats, and a Boy Scouts Leader at Corning First Presbyterian.

Carlton’s professional career started at Wheaton Glass. He moved to Corning, NY and began working with Corning Glass Works in 1952. Carlton was a respected Engineer whose career started at Main Plant and Fallbrook and finished at Decker within the MTE division. During his career, he played a key role in the development of innovative manufacturing equipment: draw machines for tubing/cutting, fire polishing and the design and installation of other manufacturing assets throughout multiple Corning plants. Carlton retired from Corning in 1983 and continued his own Engineering/drafting business DEC, Incorporated.

All and all, Carlton/Dad/Grandpa led a pretty neat life that impacted his family a great deal through all generations. Lasting memories of conversation filled holidays, huge turkeys, carousels of family pictures, a well-stocked bar, and Yankees games will be left behind.

Carlton is survived by his wife: Barbara (Hillman) Fawcett; daughter: Carol (Philip) Mosher of Warrensburg, NY; daughter: Lynda Oakden of Corning; son: Carlton (Mary) Fawcett Jr. of Elmira; daughter: Anne (Wayne) Stilts of Big Flats, Carol (Philip) Mosher of Warrensburg, NY, seven grandchildren: Matthew, Nicholas, and Eric Fawcett; Aaron Stilts; Amy Mosher, Carrie Wright; and Garrett, Elizabeth, and Kendra Oakden; nephew: Larry Fawcett; niece: Nancy Fawcett; as well as a baker’s dozen great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his grandson, Colin Mosher; brothers, Lawrence and Leroy Fawcett.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church, 1 E. First St., Corning, NY on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 1:00pm.

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