GUILDERLAND - William J. "Bill" Carr of Guilderland and Wilmington, N.Y., passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 28, 2007, at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, in the company of his beloved family. He was 78.
Mr. Carr was born Jan. 23, 1929, in Greenfield, Mass., the son of the late James W. and Mary Edna (Smith) Carr.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Joan M. (Leggett) Carr, whom he cherished throughout their marriage of nearly 46 years; their devoted children and daughter-in-law, James J. and Ingrid S. Carr (Albany), William G. Carr (Altamont), Mary Frances Carr (Albany), Thomas D. Carr (North Greenbush), and John C. Carr (Albany); two treasured grandchildren, Brendan H. Carr and Averil H. Carr; two faithful brothers, Robert M. Carr of Latham, N.Y., and Richard M. Carr of Jamaica Plain, Mass.; as well as many cousins; nieces, nephews; and steadfast friends.
Bill was humble, kind and deeply committed to his family, friends and faith. Gatherings with loved ones gave him great joy, as did the activities and interests of his children and grandchildren. His gracious regard for others, the constancy of his correspondence to friends and family and an unabated and varied interest in life and the world endeared him to those who knew him.
The Adirondack Mountains - especially the Wilmington and Whiteface Mountain region - were always in his heart and the place he most loved to be. A keen observer and student of government and politics, Bill also had a long interest in woodworking, photography, poetry and writing, fly-fishing and work outside at his home or camp; rarely were his hands or mind idle. He was a prayerful communicant of Christ the King Church in Albany for many years, as well as of St. Margaret's Church in Wilmington, which his grandfather helped establish.
He had a long career in New York state government and was vice president of Carr Public Affairs, Inc. since 1993. He served as secretary of the New York State Board of Regents from 1974 to 1990.
He also served in several senior staff positions with the State University of New York Central Administration, including assistant to the chancellor from 1970 to 1974. He began his career with the State University system at the Agricultural & Technical College at Alfred, serving from 1957 to 1966, in posts as public relations officer and later, assistant to the president.
Bill was a Korean War-era veteran of the U.S. Navy and earned a bachelor of arts degree from the State University of New York, Champlain College, in Plattsburgh, N.Y. He had also done graduate work at the State University of New York at Albany's Graduate School of Public Affairs and additional studies at Alfred University and the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
A former hockey goalie, Mr. Carr held a long interest in collegiate ice hockey and was for many years a fan and season ticket holder of the RPI Engineers hockey team. He was an NCAA and ECAC hockey official for many years and served as secretary-treasurer of the National Ice Hockey Officials Association. He was also a volunteer for USA Hockey, including the annual USA Cup and the 1992 and 1994 U.S. Olympic hockey teams.
Calling hours will be held Monday, July 2, 2007, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the McNulty Funeral Home, 147 Hudson Ave., in Green Island, N.Y. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 3, 2007, at 10 a.m. at the Church of Christ the King, 20 Sumpter Ave., in Albany (Guilderland), N.Y. Burial will be private in the Adirondacks.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's memory may be made to St. Margaret's Church in Wilmington, N.Y., the E.M. Cooper Memorial Public Library in Wilmington, N.Y., or the National Kidney Foundation of Northeast New York.