Michael D. Carpenter ’58 died on November 22, 2017, in Manchester, Connecticut.
(The following was published in The Hartford Courant on November 29, 2017:)
Michael Carpenter, 81, of Vernon, beloved husband of Gayle (Dunklee) Carpenter died peacefully on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at Crestfield Rehab in Manchester, surrounded by his family. He was born on December 19, 1935, son of the late Charles H. and Marie (Breckwald) Carpenter. Michael grew up in Middlebury and was a graduate of Mt. Herman Prep School and Bowdoin College, where he excelled as a competitive collegiate swimmer. He went on to serve with the U.S. Army Reserve. He was married to the love of his life, Gayle and together they settled in Vernon in 1963. He worked as a software engineer for Traveler’s Insurance Co. Michael was a member and past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge in Rockville #1359 B.P.O.E. He enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, golfing, and was an avid Red Sox and Giants fan. He enjoyed spending his summers in West Newfield, Maine at his cabin boating and fishing. Along with his wife Gayle of over 58 years, he leaves his sons, Timothy Carpenter and his wife Kathy of Vernon, and Peter Carpenter of Vernon; his daughter, Pamela Samih of Milford; his brothers, Jeffrey Carpenter of Manchester, NH, and Robert Carpenter and his wife Wendy of Torrington; six grandchildren, Stacy, Megan, Tyler, Rachida, Selma, and Amera; and three great grandchildren, Isabella, Aiden, and Landon.