GALWAY – Carl J. Pierce, Jr., 84, of Galway, died Wednesday, August 4, 2010 with his family by his side at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Mr. Pierce was born in Portland, ME, and was raised in Cooperstown, NY and Essex, NY. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and in 1947 he moved to Albany. In 1992 he moved to Galway. He was employed for 35 years by the New York Telephone Co. in Albany, where he was a Vail Medal recipient. After retiring he worked part time at several jobs and volunteered for the Meals on Wheels program. He was a member of the First Church in Albany, and the West Charlton United Presbyterian Church. He also was a member of the American Legion for 65 years, and was a Mason, and enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating especially at Lake Champlain.
Mr. Pierce is survived by his wife Aileen E. Donnan; his former wife Elizabeth “Betty” Pierce of Latham; his children Polly Bliss (Larry) of Willsboro, NY, Covel Chase Pierce (Mary Jo) of Ballston Lake, Deborah Paris (Michael) of Latham, Pamela Pierce of Clifton Park, Carl J. Pierce, III (Kim) of Albany, and Peter Pierce (Christy McCormick) of Rotterdam; his grandchildren Laura Bliss (Michael Carson), Sarah Bliss (James Hammaker), Melanie Bliss-Hall (David), Matthew Pierce (Anna Franklin), Amy Pierce, Brianna Pierce and Jennifer Pierce; and by his great grandchildren Alexandra Bliss and Michael Carson.
A memorial service will be held in the West Charlton United Presbyterian Church, 1331 Sacandaga Rd., West Charlton, NY 12010 on Saturday August 7th at 11:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church in West Charlton, or to the First Church in Albany, 110 North Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12207. To leave a message of condolence for the family please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.