Andrew Francis Carlin
Andrew Francis Carlin, age 94, of Levittown, died Sept 2 at the Crestview Center, Langhorne.
Born April 21, 1919 in Ashley, Pa , he was the son of John Carlin and Catherine Connelly Carlin. Andrew spent most of his early years there where he attended the Hanover Township Schools. He graduated as Valedictorian of his high school class.
He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps after graduating from high school, before joining the U.S. Army-Air Corps in 1940. He was truly a member of the "Greatest Generation", serving in two wars. He had a distinguished military career which began when he enlisted as a Private in the Army Air Corps. After working his way up to the rank of Sergeant, he was selected for flight training as a bombardier/navigator at the Army Flying School in Midland, Texas, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1942. He served in the Pacific Theater and was awarded the Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross for courageous service in more than forty bombing missions. He then served as an instructor until the end of the war. During the Korean War he served as Captain of Photo Interpretation at Kimpo Airbase near Seoul, South Korea. He remained in the Air Force and served as an Intelligence Officer both overseas in England during the Cold War and at a number of bases in the United States as a member of the Strategic Air Command until his retirement with the rank of Major in 1961.
He relocated his family to Levittown, Pa, after having lived with them at various Air Force bases in California, Maine, and Texas. Upon his retirement, he was employed by the Educational Testing Services in Princeton, and then worked for many years in Real Estate. The family became life long members of the Immaculate Conception Parish. He and his wife Catherine were involved in numerous volunteer activities with their forty year association with the parish. He was also active in the community as a Volunteer Fireman.
He had many outside interests. He coached Little league Baseball games for years in Texas and Pennsylvania. He was a skilled gardener. He was an avid reader who set a goal of reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica, which we believe he did achieve.
A true scholar, he was the proud owner of one of the first sets of the complete Encyclopedia Britannica in the neighborhood in the early 1960s, and willingly helped many local children with their school projects and homework. He was a firm believer in education, and made sure his family had every opportunity to attend college and graduate school, with his help along the way in tutoring and support in any way that he and his wife could supply. He travelled the world extensively with his career, and had a deep love of literature and history.
He had a kind and gentle spirit and was a friend to anyone in need, and played an important part in raising his many nieces and nephews in his large family. He was a Godfather to many family members and neighbors. His favorite pastime was planning family vacations with his extended family of sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, along with his wife and children. He always made family vacations educational and fun for everyone over the years. Wonderful memories were made from Maine to Texas to Wildwood NJ to Ireland and Canada.
He had a deep love for Ireland and was thrilled to locate and visit his relatives, the Carolan family, in County Mayo on several occasions. Both he and his wife's family, the Gradys, emigrated from Ballyhaunis and Glengad Bangor Erris in western Ireland in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Both families then settled in northern Pennsylvania in the Wilkes Barre area. He was very close to his sisters, brother, and his Grady in-laws.
He was preceded in death by his wife Catherine Grady in 2001. He was happily married for 56 years literally to the "girl next door". The Grady and Carlin families were integral members of the Irish community in Ashley. He was also preceded in death by his brother John, and sisters Catherine Nichols, Charlotte Morrissey, and Helen Gallagher. He is survived by his children Andrew Carlin(Theresa) of Morrisville, Eileen Brune (Michael) of Grand Forks, N.D.; Thomas Carlin(Linda) of Jenkintown, Pa; John Carlin (Jacqueline) of Palmyra, NJ; Catherine Sauerwald of Conshohocken, and Michael Carlin of Downingtown, Pa. He will also be sadly missed by his grandchildren, Mary Reid, Shawn Brune, Andrew Carlin, and Matthew Carlin. And many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and numerous cousins.
The family would like to extend their thanks to the staff of D'Youville Manor in Yardley where Andrew lived since 2002. He was well loved there and well cared for. Thanks also go to the staff of St. Mary's Hospital Cardiac Unit in Langhorne, and the Crestview Center in Langhorne. Many thanks also to Gary Russell for his friendship and generosity shown to Andrew over the years. Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, from 3:00 until 5:00 pm and again on Monday, from 8:30 until 9:30 am at the James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 2200 Trenton Road, Levittown. His funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday at 10:00 am at Immaculate Conception Church, Levittown, followed by the Rite of Committal in Resurrection Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions can be made to Immaculate Conception Parish, 5201 Emilie Road, Levittown, PA 19057 in Andrew's name.