Thomas W. Carpenter of Founders Village in Southold died March 20, 2016. He was 84.
He was Born in Richmond Hill, N.Y., Sept. 17, 1931, to James and Anna (Loos) Carpenter and served in the U.S Air Force for four years during the Korean Conflict.
Following his service to his country, Mr. Carpenter enjoyed a career in the electrical engineering field to include time at AIL, Harris Corp, and culminating with Grumman where he worked on the International Space Station.
Formerly of Centereach and Leisure Village in Ridge, Mr. Carpenter has resided on the North Fork for the past six years.
Mr. Carpenter was a communicant of St. Patrick R.C. Church in Southold and was once active in Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary R.C. Church in Centereach. He had also been a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Knights of Columbus, and the American Legion.
Family members said reading and following politics were favorite pastimes, but his passion was spending time with his family. Mr. Carpenter’s family also said that according to family legend, Mr. Carpenter once had a minor role in the Tchaikovsky Ballet, The Nutcracker. This has been largely unsubstantiated by surviving family members.
Predeceased by his wife, Anne Marie Carpenter on Aug. 16, 2013; he is survived by five children, Kathleen Peckholdt of Southold, Jeannie Calderale of Peconic, Michelle Hart of Southold, Richard of Colorado Springs, Colo. and David of Chesapeake, Va.; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Interment will take place at Calverton National Cemetery.
DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home is assisting the family.