Donald E. ‘Decky’ Carpenter, Jr.

November 2, 2017

Donald E. ‘Decky’ Carpenter, Jr.

DONALD E. “DECKY” CARPENTER, JR. – of Woburn, November 2nd at 67 years of age. Beloved husband of Karen (Johnson) Carpenter. Cherished son of Elizabeth Carpenter and the late Donald E. Carpenter Sr. Devoted father of Taylor and Donald E. Carpenter III, both of Woburn. Loving brother of Dennis Carpenter, his wife Joan, Patricia Adams, her husband Lawrence, Brenda Smith, her late husband Kenneth, all of Woburn, James Carpenter, his wife Ellen of Chelmsford and the late David Carpenter and his surviving wife Susan of Woburn. Dear brother-in-law of George H. Johnson, Jr., his wife Bonnie, James Johnson, his wife Mary, Janet Quigley, her husband John, all of Woburn and Sharon Abreu, her husband Robert of Brewster. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and his little brown dog Trudy. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn Wednesday, November 8th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call Tuesday, November 7th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Decky’s memory to Center for Gastrointestinal Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, ATTN: Dr. Thomas A. Abrams, MD.

OBITUARY

Donald E. “Decky” Carpenter Jr., 67, longtime resident of Woburn, died Wednesday, November 2nd after a battle with cancer, which he fought with strength and courage for two and a half years. He passed away at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband and best friend of Karen (Johnson) Carpenter, with whom he would have celebrated 40 years of marriage on November 5th.

Born in Somerville, Decky was the son of Donald and Elizabeth (McManus) Carpenter. He was educated in Woburn and was a graduate of Woburn High School. He grew up in Woburn’s Central Square and upon marrying his wife Karen, they built their home, started his family, and raised his children there, and remained for the past 32 years.

For over 40 years, Decky worked for A.W. Chesterton in Woburn as a production supervisor, until retiring in 2015.

Decky and Karen were more than just married; they were life-long best friends who did everything together. Family was their world and they enjoyed nothing more than spending time with them. They spent summers in Wells Beach, Maine, and enjoyed skiing during the winter. If there was a chance to travel, Decky would seize this opportunity; but more importantly it was a chance to bring his family along with him. A few of his favorite vacations were the Grand Canyon, Ireland, and the Riviera. Disney was always a favorite.

Decky was a devoted and loving husband and father; supporting his family in everything they did. He coached his daughter’s Basketball teams, attended all of her Dance Recitals and Lacrosse Games; of course never missing a game. He loved attending his son’s Football and Lacrosse games; Decky was his son’s best friend and hero. Evenings were always spent with his family, enjoying a home cooked meal at the dinner table where guests were always welcome. Sunday dinner was always important to him and it was time well spent with the family he loved.

Dec loved music; all types of music and he passed that love on to his children and his wife. There was music always playing in the back yard when Dec and his son Donny were out there working. Naturally, discussions about music helped them pass the time, and strengthened the bond between father and son. Decky was a devoted Bruce Springsteen fan, passing on his appreciation for The Boss on to his family; sharing numerous concerts together. Decky will be remembered as an extremely kind, adventurous, loving and gentle man; who never said a bad word about anyone. He loved his family and loved being with them no matter what they were doing; they were the heart and soul of his existence, just as he was for them. His memory will live on forever in the hearts of the ones he loved.

Along with his wife Karen, Decky is survived and will be deeply missed by his two children, Taylor and Donald E. Carpenter III, both of Woburn; his mother Elizabeth Carpenter, his siblings, Dennis Carpenter, his wife Joan, Patricia Adams, her husband Lawrence, Brenda Smith, her late husband Kenneth, all of Woburn, James Carpenter, his wife Ellen of Chelmsford; his-in-law, Susan Carpenter her late husband David , George H. Johnson, Jr., his wife Bonnie, James Johnson, his wife Mary, Janet Quigley, her husband John, all of Woburn and Sharon Abreu, her husband Robert of Brewster; as well as many loving nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and his little brown dog who he loved so much, Trudy.

He was predeceased by his brother David Carpenter and his father Donald E Carpenter Sr.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn Wednesday, November 8th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call Tuesday, November 7th from 4–8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Decky’s memory to Center for Gastrointestinal Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, ATTN: Dr. Thomas A. Abrams, MD. To leave an online condolence, story or message please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or find us on Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

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  1. Dear Carpenter Family ~

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I worked with Don at Chesterton for many years & he was one that I admired & had such a nice friendship with, as he was not like anyone else. He was one of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met. He was a very hard worker, caring, & so full of patience. I never saw him in a bad mood. I will cherish memories of him & know that you will too. I send my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to you all.

    Sincerely,
    Kerri

  2. Karen, Bob and I are deeply saddened by the news of Decky ‘s passing. Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Bunny and Bobby Waters

  3. Dear Karen and Family,
    For those of us lucky enough to work with Don he was Family, he always had a smile on his face, funny, easy going, polite and loved talking about food.
    I worked with Don from the old Woburn days through to Groveland, 30 years.
    I know that he will be missed by his AWC family but not ever forgotten.
    My Prayers and Thoughts always,
    Charlotte

  4. Dear Carpenter Family~
    Tom and I are thinking of you and send our sincerest sympathies ,prayers and love~ Decky was a great guy

  5. My thoughts and prayers to the Carpenter family. Don was an amazing person who always had a smile on his face – He will be missed.

    Helen Martinez

  6. Karen,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. My thoughts are prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

    Shelly Doran

  7. Dear Karen,
    I am so sorry about the loss of Decky. He was very much loved by many of his coworkers over his 40 plus years working at Chesterton. Please know that you have the prayers and support of many friends here thinking of you. We were blessed to know him and blessed that he came back to visit since his retirement. It was always great to see him. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.
    In Sympathy,
    Steve Flanagan
    A.W. Chesterton Co.

  8. My sincere condolences to the ‘Carpenter Family” A Terrible loss

    A truly great person.. Lots of wonderful memories and laughs that will never be forgotten..

    Joe Farrell

  9. Dennis so sorry to hear of your brothers passing please except our deepest condolences.

    Jim and Joanne Brady.

  10. Dennis I am so very sorry to hear of Decky’s passing
    My sympathies to you and yours
    Hope and optimism
    Lori Morrison-Haney

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