Louie George Carman, Jr. - February 10, 2015

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WEST COXSACKIE – Louie George Carman, Jr., many knew him as Carm or George, passed away February 10, 2015, with his loving wife Rose and sister Deborah at his side.

     George was born August 28, 1951 in Stamford, NY to Katherine (Cortese) and the late Louie G. Carman, Sr.  He was raised in Prattsville, NY.  Upon graduating from Grand Gorge Central School in 1970 he “studied” one year at Hudson Valley Community College.  George joined his dad, Louie and Uncle Andrew in the family business.  He was the third generation to own and operate JA Carman Trucking Co, that his grandfather John started in 1914.  While living in Prattsville, he was a member of the Prattsville Fire Co and also served as chief.  After the flood in 2011, he made several trips back to his hometown.

     George’s love of the water began at the family camp on Otsego Lake, Cooperstown, NY.  There he learned, at a very early age, how to navigate a boat with his Dad.  When the business moved to Albany, he settled in Coxsackie where he was close to his beloved Hudson River.

     He was a member of the Coxsackie Yacht Club for twenty years, where he served on the Board of Directors, was Vice Commodore and Committee Chairman of numerous fund raising events.  The annual Pig Roast was his specialty.  You could find him by the pits early in the morning, prepping and cooking until all were served.  Weekends and spare moments were spent on his boat, the “Lickity Split”.  You could hear Classic Rock, Irish Tenors and any upbeat music drifting from his boat.  Music was a huge part of him.  Oh, a drink was always ready along with a good time.

     On December 5, 2003 he married Rose P. DeFlumer.  Their anniversary also marked her birthday so he would remember!  His nickname for Rose was “Nurse Ratchet” as he lovingly referred to her lately.  She was and always will be the love he yearned to have beside him.

     Besides his wife Rose, he leaves mom Katherine of Clifton Park, NY.  A loving daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Clifton Thompson of Hunter, NY, who gave him three cherished, beautiful and full of life grandchildren, Breanna, CJ and Taylor.  A brother, James (Cynthia) Carman and niece Karen of Abbotsford, British Columbia.  A sister, Brenda and husband Stephen Kralovich, niece Jennifer (Scott) Schelling and nephew Joseph of Acra, NY.  A sister, Deborah Colliton, of Mechanicville, NY.  Beloved nieces, Tricia and husband, Jon Baum of Amherst, MA;  Courtney and husband Luke Lamport of Ballston Spa, NY and great nephews, Carter Lamport and Jack Baum.  George is also survived by nephews George (Rosemary) McHugh of Delmar, NY, Joseph (Amy) McHugh of South Bethlehem, NY and Albert (Candace) McHugh of Coeymans, NY, cousins, aunts and an uncle.

     Louie George lived his life his way and so it is in death.  His wish was humble; no wake, no tears, no fuss.  Honoring his last wish, there will be a private family service at their convenience.

     Louie George was a man of few words, but the “river ran deep”.  When you see the sun or moon cast a glimmer on the water, think of the love we carry for him and be thankful we had him in our lives.  He reached the silent shore…I smile, but my heart is breaking.

     Remembrances may be made to the Coxsackie Community Food Pantry C/O Charlotte Carter, 961 CR 54, Hannacroix, NY 12087, Prattsville Fire Co., Prattsville, NY 12468 or Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414.