Joseph F. Carven, Jr. ’60

Joseph F. Carven, Jr. ’60 died on November 27, 2021, in Kittery Point, Maine

(The following was provided by the Eagle-Tribune on December 2, 2021)

Joseph F. Carven Jr.

Kittery Point, Maine – Joseph F. Carven Jr., 82 passed away Saturday, November 27, 2021. He was born February 28, 1939, in Weymouth, MA, son of the late Joseph F. and Elizabeth (Healey) Carven, Sr. For over sixty years he was married to Ann C. (O’Brien) Carven who passed away on September 11th of this year.

Joe was a graduate of Bowdoin College where he was two-time captain of the sailing team. Joe also played football and was captain his senior year. That same year he was selected to the All-Maine and All-New England teams as a guard. Joe was the recipient of the Reardon Trophy given to the player who has made outstanding contributions to his team and college as a man of honor, courage, and leadership.

Joe went on to teach and coach football at Portsmouth High School and Haverhill High School where he also became the athletic director and vice principal. He then went on to coach at the college level as Merrimack College’s first head football coach.

Joe was an avid sailer, racing Thistles, Indians, 210’s, and Hustlers. He was extremely competitive, never entering a race or game that he did not think he was going to win.

He leaves three sons, Joseph F. Carven III and his wife, Julie, of Amesbury, MA, Timothy W. Carven and his wife, Sybil, of Kittery Point, ME, and James M. Carven and his companion, June, of South Hampton, NH; three sisters, Elizabeth Gallagher, Carol Mathisen and her husband, John, and Virginia Doyle and her husband, Mike; four granddaughters, Molly-Kate, Abigail, Caroline, and Sarah; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother William Carven.

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