April 30, 1924 ~ November 17, 2020

Born in: New Haven, CT
Resided in: New Haven, CT

Edward Thomas Carr, 96 years old, died on Nov. 17, 2020 of Covid-19 at the VA Hospital in West Haven. Eddie was born in New Haven to Francis Patrick Carr and Rita Flanagan Carr on April 30, 1924. He was predeceased by his four brothers, Frank Carr, William Carr, John Carr, and Robert Spillane. He is survived by several cousins. Uncle Eddie also was loved by 12 nieces and nephews, and many great-nieces and nephews and grandnieces and nephews.
He graduated from New Haven High School in 1942, and upon graduation joined the US Army Air Corps, serving in both World War II and Korea. He was involved in battles in the China Offensive, Western Pacific, Southern Philippines and Luzon, where he received many medals and two bronze stars. When he returned from the wars, he enrolled at the University of Connecticut and graduated in 1950.
Ed retired from the City of New Haven as a Purchasing Agent. He was a lifetime member of Elks Lodge #25 and was a Major for the Civil Air Patrol. Even after retirement, he volunteered at the US Army Corp of Engineers. He also volunteered daily at St. Raphael and the VA Hospitals.
There will be a Graveside Service with Military Honors held at All Saints Cemetery, 700 Middletown Ave., North Haven on Monday, Nov. 23 at 1:00 p.m. Masks and social distancing protocols must be followed. Arrangements are in care of BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden.


Graveside Service: November 23, 2020 1:00 pm

All Saints Cemetery
700 Middletown Avenue
North Haven, CT 06473


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  1. All the members of the Connecticut Wing, Civil Air Patrol, especially those from Major Carr’s unit, CT-073, offer our condolences to his family. He was a dedicated volunteer who joined the wing in November 1980 and will be missed by many. He always was outgoing and loved the cadet program sharing many of his stories with them and had time for anyone who wished to speak with him.

    May he rest in peace.

    Colonel James A. Ridley, Sr.
    CT Wing Commander

  2. Major Carr and I were good friends ab well as Comrades at Civil Air Patrol.
    I was known to show up early on meeting nights and always found Ed there, ahead of me, checking out the building in and out, taking care of the garbage and setting up air conditioning or heat for the members, way ahead of time. I made cofee and we would shoot the breeze for many years, until I transferred to Stratford, my home squadron since 1959 Major Carr and I stayed in touch for years after that, He taught me a lot, He was a giving person, involved in many charity functions’
    I will miss his companionship, his smile and his unending gift for giving. A BIG SALUTE to Major ED
    CARR====Major Chet Galemba

  3. On behalf of Volunteer Services at Yale New Haven Hospital, Saint Raphael campus, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Ed Carr. He was our oldest serving Volunteer with over 2700 hours of service culminating over the last 29 years. Volunteering with our mail room, he knew his way around the Saint Raphael campus quite well and his kindness, smile and willingness to serve our patients and staff will always be remembered.

  4. As Ed’s former commander at the CT Minuteman Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, I am greatly saddened to hear of his passing. He took over command of the unit after me and did an exemplary job. Whenever the unit needed something he was always there. His wise counsel was always helpful to me and the unit. The time he spent away from his family to perform his duties was greatly appreciated and we thank his family for allowing him to work with us. Semper Vigilance Ed. You will be missed.
    LTC Thomas P. Hurley, Civil Air Patrol

  5. So many beautiful memories.. Where do i start.. I met Major Carr in CAP as a teenager at my home base at the CT Wing Composite Squadron.. A man who loved to help and teach others and always push us to our potential and beyond!! A veteran of 2 wars with so much military knowledge to pass on to the younger generations.. He was the reason i went as far as i did in CAP and beyond!! Helping me get away from domestic violence and teaching me so much self worth and discipline as well as leadership skills!! Im the woman i am today thanks to Maijor Carr!! You will be deeply missed!!

  6. Ed was my dad’s best friend and the reason I pursued a position with the City of New Haven Purchasing Department. RIP Cupcake! Thanks for the happy memories.

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