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John R. “Jack” Carter

August 5, 1935 - January 11, 2020

          John R. “Jack” Carter, age 84, of Trinity, FL, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2020.

          Born in Philadelphia, PA on August 5, 1935, he was a son of the late John W. and Mary (Howanitz) Carter.  John served in the U.S. Navy from January 24, 1955 until January 18, 1957 as a third-class Boatswain mate on the USS Aeolus.  After his honorable discharge, John worked initially as a manger of all newspaper route distributions for the Philadelphia Bulletin Newspaper in Delaware County, PA.  When the newspaper went out of business, John went to tractor trailer school and obtained his commercial driver’s license.  After working for several companies, John landed a position with UPS as a “doubles” night time tractor trailer driver, which he loved.  He was honored at UPS with the induction to the “million mile” club, demonstrating his impeccable driving record for their company.  After 25 years of UPS service, John retired but his driving days were not over.   John drove a school bus part time for Delaware County, PA and New Castle County, DE.  He especially enjoyed driving the activities bus which was used for after school athletics.  John liked to joke with the kids as they came on and off the bus.  Although work was his main hobby, he adored and loved his family, especially his five grandchildren, who affectionately called him PopPop.

          In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by the love of his life for 55 years, Millie (Berridge) Carter; sister, Joan (Carter) Horner; and 3 brothers, Robert, Ronald and Stephen Carter.  He is survived by his children, John G. Carter of Tampa, FL and Dr. Karen Carter and husband, Scott Edmonds of Greenwich, CT; grandchildren, U.S. Air Force Capt. Chase Carter, Alex Carter, Adam Carter, Paige Edmonds and Brett Edmonds.

          A visitation for family and friends will be held from 1 pm until 2 pm on Sunday, February 16, 2020, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a memorial service will begin at 2 pm.  Interment will be held privately.


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5 Guestbook messages for John R. “Jack” Carter

  • To the first man I ever loved, my father. The man who consistently could make me laugh because frankly he was just plain funny! He was a great provider for his family, a dedicated husband and a hard worker all his life. His passing has left a huge void in my heart but knowing he is with my mother brings me great comfort. I will keep his memory alive sharing photographs and videos with family and within his circle of friends.
    I loved him and respected him,
    Rest in Peace

  • May you Rest In Peace, Uncle Johnny. Thank you for the “crazy Friday” nights at my mom’s house so long ago!

  • Your smile was infectious and you always knew how to make others smile! You were the first “French man” I ever met. The love you shared with Mrs Carter was something we should all strive to have. And lastly you did a heck of a job raising two amazing successful children! Rest easy sir, you will be missed…

  • So glad that John and I met when we part of the Commissioning Crew for the USS Aeolus (Arc-3), out of Baltimore,MD in May 1955. Through the years we have stayed in touch and John, I, along with other crew members have enjoyed our many USS Aeolus reunions. John always had a great smile for everyone. He will be missed.

  • I could always count on John to lighten my mood with a good joke! There’s not another like him. Glad he’s at peace with his love “Milly”. Love and comfort to all of you. Jill