QUEENSBURY, NY - Michael Rollin Carr, 58, former resident of
Moriah, passed away peacefully at home Friday, Aug. 17, 2012,
surrounded by his loving family.
Michael was born Aug. 16, 1954, in Ticonderoga, the son of
Nancy Thompson Carr and the late Rollin (Bill) Carr. Michael lived in
Moriah for 56 years before moving to Queensbury.
Upon graduating from Moriah High School in 1972, Michael
enlisted in the US Navy, stationed mainly in Italy, serving his country
proudly for four years.
He retired from International Paper in 2010 in Ticonderoga.
On June 26, 2004, Michael married his soulmate, Linda Morris
McMahon. Together, they enjoyed traveling to National Parks,
snowshoeing, hiking, mountain biking and exploring the Adirondacks.
In the summer of 2010, Michael accomplished his dream of
becoming a 46er, having hiked all 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks.
Many of those hikes he enjoyed with his son Bill, daughter Chelle and
wife Linda. Michael was also accompanied on many excursions with
his beloved dogs Zeus, Xena, and Skye.
During the last 10 years of his life, Michael trained hard
for several marathons including those in Schroon Lake and South Hero,
Vt. He loved running up Tarbell Hill Road, in Moriah, in preparation
for running the challenging uphill Whiteface Mountain Race. Michael ran
and completed the Whiteface race and Prospect Mountain races for four
Michael's favorite spot was the infamous "Split Rock"
waterfall swimming hole, just outside of Moriah, which is where he
taught his children how to first swim.
Michael and his children spent many warm days swimming at
Split Rock and Lincoln Pond.
Michael was referred to as "Hikey Mike" by his 6-year-old
twin grandsons because he introduced them to hiking when they were just
18 months old. On their frequent hikes through the trails of Moriah, he
enjoyed teaching his grandsons about nature, and showing them their
Michael loved the outdoors and wildlife. The deck on his
home in Moriah became a haven for many different types of birds, which
he loved feeding and identifying. He also cultivated an elaborate
garden filled with fruit trees and flowers - a love which he inherited
at an early age from his mother.
Michael is survived by his wife, Linda Carr of Queensbury;
his mother, Nancy Carr of Moriah; his daughter, Michelle Carr of Troy;
his son, William Carr of Moriah; his two brothers, Rollin "Bub" Carr
and Robert Carr and his sister, Deb Simpson, all of Moriah. Other
surviving family members include his stepson, Dr. Scott and Darlene
McMahon of Queensbury and stepdaughter, Christine McMahon of Lake
George; his grandsons, Gavin and Colin McMahon of Queensbury; his
niece, Stacey Carr of Albany; his nephew, Matthew Carr of Moriah; his
sister-in-law, Margery Morris with DOD in Germany; and brother-in-law,
Harris Morris Jr. of Media, Pa.
Michael's family would like to thank all the physicians,
including Dr. Pillemer and Dr. Chase, the nurses and aides from
Emergency Room, ICU and C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital
for their compassionate care.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug.
22, at Moriah United Methodist Church. A reception will follow at
Moriah Fire Department, directly across the street.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations made "in
loving memory of Mike" to Esophageal Cancer Action Network (www.ecan.org