COREA — Daniel C. Carre, 82, devoted husband, father and grandfather, died at his Corea home in the company of family and friends Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. He was born Aug. 5, 1928, in Bridgeport, Conn., the son of Daniel Alexander Carre and Leslie Wellington Carre.
Dan entered the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1952 and subsequently served two years active duty as yeoman on the aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, then designated as the Atlantic flagship of the United States Navy. Dan spent his career with the Industrial Services Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp., where he rose from a clerical position to office manager of the Bridgeport plant. All the most noteworthy defense industry contractors were represented in Southern Connecticut and were on the list of clients that Dan helped to serve. However, Dan’s greatest achievements related to his service to the community and to the local public schools. When his son entered first grade, Dan “enlisted” in the Indian Guides, the YMCA father and son organization. He became chief of the Micmac tribe and, later, secretary of the Long House Council for Fairfield County, Conn. Besides enjoying the traditional outdoors-oriented activities of Indian Guides, Dan found opportunities to foster a wider impact for the organization. During a period of tax revenue realignments by the local communities, support for the annual Memorial Day Parade was eliminated from the budget in Trumbull, Conn. Dan proposed that the YMCA Indian Guides across three communities raise private donations as a civic endeavor. After fund raising was completed, Dan accepted responsibility for managing the event. The 1967 Trumbull Memorial Day Parade was unusually successful, having more school-based marching units participating than during any previous year. In 1972, the school system of Monroe, Conn., announced the elimination of all music, art and athletic programs due to budgetary constraints. Together with his wife and other engaged parents, Dan organized community support through petition campaigns and succeeded in gaining reinstatement of these programs. To ensure permanence of this achievement he founded the Monroe Band Parents Association, specifically promoting music education. Starting with a core of eight members with Dan Carre serving as president, the group successfully opposed similar, annual budget cuts, raised private support for public music education and sponsored band activities. A rich and stable Monroe music program is the legacy of this original group of activist parents. Dan was an extremely proud veteran who felt a keen responsibility to represent the U.S. Navy and all his fellow service members during remembrance events. Originally, he was a longstanding, active member of VFW Post 10106, Monroe, Conn. In later years, Dan was honored to march in many Winter Harbor and Gouldsboro parades, and he always cherished the experience of serving as parade grand marshal on one special Memorial Day in Prospect Harbor. After very many years of too-brief visits to the Gouldsboro region, Dan chose life in Maine as his retirement dream. He worked earnestly to create a simple house on the picturesque shoreline. From this vantage he loved to watch the life of the bay, the daily routines of lobstermen and scallopers, and the joy of his grandchildren at water’s edge. His best and final years were passed in his beloved home on the Corea peninsula.
Dan is survived by his wife, Marian, who remains at home in Corea; his son, David Carre, daughter-in-law, Mary Dressler Carre, grandson, Alex, and granddaughter, Maddy, reside in Wayne, Pa.
A memorial service conducted by Pastor Scott Nurse will be held 11 a.m. Jan. 20, 2011, at the Prospect Harbor United Methodist Church. Burial with U.S. Navy military honors will be conducted in spring 2011. In Dan’s memory, gifts may be directed to the Gouldsboro Veterans’ Memorial Campaign, P.O. Box 68, Prospect Harbor, ME 04669; (207) 963-5589. A service of Bragdon Kelley Funeral Homes. Condolences may be sent at www.bragdonkelley.com.