MIDDLETON – Mr. Charles J. Carrell 70, of Middleton, beloved husband of Dorothy J. (LeColst) Carrell, died peacefully at his home, Sunday, March 22, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Charles and Elizabeth (Dandeneau) Carrell. He was raised and educated in Arlington and was a graduate of Arlington Catholic High School. He continued his education earning his Bachelor’s Degree from Providence College.
Mr. Carrell was a hardworking and astute businessman. He began working in the retail and Super Market industry. He worked for Medi-Mart (Stop-in-Shop) and rose to the role of manager. Having seen the growing need for transportation, especially in the school sector, Charlie began a long and successful career in the Busing Industry. He began working for ABC Bus and Transportation Company of North Andover in 1970 and by 1975 was a Co-Owner of the company. He was known for his business acumen and kindness when working with others. He took over full ownership of the company in 1995 and grew the Bus Company to great heights until the time of his retirement in 2000. In retirement he worked as a consultant for Laidlaw Busing. He was well respected throughout the North Shore both personally and professionally.
He was a member and former President of the North Andover Board of Trade and a member of the Massachusetts Lottery Commission. He had a great impact on the school bus districting over the years and always put the needs of the students first.
Charlie was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He took up golfing and it truly became his passion. He played almost daily and was a member of the Merrimack Valley Golf Course. He was an antique car collector and enjoyed working on his vehicle projects over the years. He loved to spend time at his home in Bloomfield, Vt, travel to Aruba and spend time with his family and friends. He was happiest on the golf course, walking his dogs or surrounded by his loving family.
Charlie and Dottie were truly best friends. They were a perfect match and loved to spend time together. He doted on her and loved her deeply and she in turn did the same. Their love story was one for the ages.
Charlie is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Dorothy “Dottie” (LeColst) Carrell of Middleton, his children, Deborah J. Bouchard and her husband, Andrew of Kennebunk, ME, Dawn M. Currier and her husband, James II of Middleton, David T. Leary Jr. and his wife, Stephanie of Middleton and Daniel J. Leary and his wife, Brandy of Middleton, his grandchildren, James and Matthew Richardson, Lukas Leary, Brianna, Janelle and Andrew Bouchard, Jimmy, Kylie, Kendra and Trevor Currier, Danica Gage, Noah Leary and Gia Antonellis, his sister, Barbara Jeanne Cotter of Methuen, his nephew and god son, Michael Cotter of Methuen and several additional nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held from the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (rte 62) Danvers, Monday, March 29th at 10:30 A.M. followed by his funeral Mass in St. Michael’s Church, 196 Main St., North Andover at 11:30 A.M. Relatives and friends invited. All attendees must register to attend the funeral Mass by clicking the link below or by calling the funeral home (978-774-6600). Burial in Oakdale Cemetery, Middleton. Visiting hours Sunday, March 28th from 3 to 7 P.M. All attendees are required to wear face coverings, practice social distancing and are respectfully asked for no physical contact with the family. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Charlie’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com
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