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Carmen R. "Toot" Carbone

September 6, 2014

Carmen R. Carbone

Carmen R. "Toot" Carbone, 89, Mustard Rd., Watertown, passed away Saturday, September 6, 2014, at Hospice of Jefferson County.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony's Church on Monday, September 22, at 11AM with Rev. Donald Robinson, pastor, officiating and entombment will follow at Glenwood Mausoleum. There will be no calling hours and arrangements are with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.

Mr. Carbone was born in Watertown on August 15, 1925, son of Natale and Antoinette Shucet Carbone. He graduated from Watertown High School in 1943. He also attended the National School of Meat Cutting in Toledo, OH.

After graduation, he entered the US Navy on August 10, 1943. He received the Victory and American Campaign Medals, the Pacific with four stars, and the Philippine Liberation with two stars. He was honorably discharged as a Seaman 1st Class on March 16, 1946.

On February 2, 1948 he married Beverly A. Brefka at Holy Family Church with Msgr. Albert J. Farrell presiding. Beverly passed away January 17, 2002.

For 55 years Toot was a grocier, meat cutter, and the co-owner of Carbone Bros. Market in Watertown, retiring in 1990. He was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church. He was a life member of Elks Lodge 496, a member of VFW Post 1400, American Legion Post 61, and the Northside Improvement League. Mr. Carbone enjoyed golfing, bowling, hunting, and softball, and when in his 60's, began playing hockey. One other sport that Carmen was passionate about was boxing and during his tour of duty in the Navy, he fought admirably in the amateur ranks and accrued a record of 40 wins and no losses in the 110 pound weight class. He was an expert at daily crossword puzzles and a serious Civil War aficionado, of which he had a vast collection of books and memorabilia.

He is survived by his six children, Peter N. Carbone, Watertown, Anne E. and James E. Pesane, Brewerton, Cathleen M. Carbone, Clay, Paul P. and Lydia Carbone, Glendale, AZ, Caroline L. Herrmann, Hammett, ID, and Christina M. Fornito, Bridgeport; eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; brother Pasquale L. "Pat" and Marie Carbone, Watertown; sister, Louise and Tony LaMartina, Webster; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides his wife, Beverly, his sister, Victoria Leva, died before him.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations in his name be made to either Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St. or St. Anthony's Church, 850 Arsenal St., both in Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#29 Frank Coleman 2015-10-22 23:32
Toot was one of the nicest guys I've ever met. Farewell to a fellow hockey player! Frank Coleman
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#28 Kathleen Brefka 2014-09-26 10:57
Loved my Uncle Carmen! I could always count on him to create a fantastic meal and Aunt Bev would not be too happy since she had to clean it up! Love to all of you guys in your time of loss.
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#27 michael curley 2014-09-19 16:58
A wonderful man whose wit and wisdom uplifted us all........to his family...thanks for sharing him with us
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#26 Ginny Jones 2014-09-13 21:46
I'm so very sorry.
Ginny Humphrey Jones
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#25 NORM HINCKLEY 2014-09-13 18:52
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#24 Rich Schneider 2014-09-11 08:07
Played hockey with Toot and Bick for a while. Toot tried to convince me I was the leader. That was nice of him though misdirected, maybe on purpose.
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#23 Frank Molinari 2014-09-09 22:05
I remember Toot Carbone as being a kind man who always made you laugh. When he asked you to help him deliver groceries you always accepted because you knew it was going to be so much fun. My brother Joe and I spent many summer nights in the back of the store listening to the radio broadcast of a Yankee game while a few men cooled off with a cold Ballantine Ale. He was a good man and will be missed by many!
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#22 Howard C. Schnettler 2014-09-09 21:13
Always liked talking to Toot while reading meters on Coffeen St. RIP.
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#21 Tina Foti 2014-09-09 16:40
My dad, Patrick J Foti grew up on west prospect st and hung at the store on a daily basis. My uncle, pete alteri, ran the barber shop next to the store. Toot always said when I walked into the store;"what's twenty and twenty"? FOTI! One time I was driving down interstate 81 and a car came right up besides me. Yup, it was Tootie yelling out the window,"what's 20 +20"?. . .
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#20 robert humphrey 2014-09-09 13:57
please accept my condolence in the passing of Toot. He was a great guy and will be missed by everyone that knew him. So sorry to the family
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