Barry Andrew Carson, 94, of Potsdam

Published: Jul. 19, 2021 at 4:04 PM EDT
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Barry Andrew Carson, 94, passed away on July 7, 2021.
Barry Andrew Carson, 94, passed away on July 7, 2021.(Source: Funeral Home)

POTSDAM, New York (WWNY) - Barry Andrew Carson, 94, passed away on July 7, 2021. He was born on February 11, 1927, the son of the late Rollett and Alice (Armstrong) Carson.

Barry grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He attended University School in Shaker Heights and Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts. As a freshman and sophomore at Harvard University, he played on the varsity hockey team, before serving in the U.S. Army Occupation Forces in postwar Japan from 1946-47. Then, he made his way to the North Country. Barry attended Clarkson College in Potsdam, New York, graduating in 1953. While there, he met Patricia Harrington. They married on September 1, 1950. In 1955, they built their first and only home on Cleaveland Avenue in Canton, where they lived all the years of their lives.

Barry was an avid golfer, spending weekend mornings on the gold course. He and Pat enjoyed frequent trips to Ottawa, Canada to see concerts and shows, dine with friends, and shop for art and antiques. In 1980, they attended the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, later gifting each grandchild with a jaunty beret emblazoned with five interlocking rings to be worn in a family portrait.

Barry worked for ACCO Products in Ogdensburg for many years before shifting his focus to banking. He was employed by St. Lawrence National Bank, which later became Community Bank, until his retirement. He closed his career with distinction, as Vice President of Operations for the Canton branch.

Barry is survived by his children, Barry Carson Jr. and wife Eve Stoddard, and Carol Carson-Leinhart; his five grandchildren, Brigid Fisk and husband Justin, Abbe Duke and husband Tom, Katerina Leinhart, Braeden Leinhart, and Traesa Leinhart; and his four great granddaughters, Clare, Ella, and Alice Fisk, and Nyah Leinhart. Barry was pre-deceased by his beloved wife, Patty, nine years to the day of his passing.

Barry’s grandchildren and great grandchildren will remember his dry humor, his consistency and strength, and his unflagging support for all their endeavors, particularly in sports. Steady and strong-willed, his love for his family can be seen in the abundance of photos and home movies he captured over many years.

Per Barry’s wishes, there are no calling hours. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Potsdam, at a time to be decided upon by the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Lawrence County Historical Association or American Cancer Society.

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