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.
deb, i’m so deeply sorry for your loss. thinking of you….
Irwin & Sheila Borden
Aileen, Betty, Polly, Chase, Debbie, Pam, John, Pete, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. John was a “large” man in more than just stature. He touched many lives throughout his lifetime. I just thought about his license plate “pabell or when he went diving off the dock at the farm. Treasure your memories and share them with one another over the next few days. Love Irwin and Sheila
I am very sorry to learn of your loss. Eric told me of the unfortunate developments earlier this week! I have been thinking of you, and I know that you so much to help him over these past months. He was very lucky to have such a caring family.
I am so sorry for the loss of your husband, Carl.
May the warm loving memories of your lives together bring you comfort during the difficult times.
Our condolences to you and your family.
Tom and Lenore Lanka
Here’s hoping you’re able to find comfort in happy memories. May the special things about John live in your hearts forever. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. With deepest sympathy. LoAnn
Deb and family, Sorry for your loss. Hope your memories give you comfort.
I was so sorry to hear about John. I will always remember the friendly chats we had when he visited the town hall. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family. Judie Sivik
Jeff & Christine Carey
Our thoughts and prayers go out too your family. Sorry i didn’t get a chance to talk too you on saturday. It was a nice service.
I keep your father & your entire family in my prayers during this trying time. Please take comfort in knowing that your dad is at peace, and remember that our faith provides us with all the strength that we need. I am truly sorry for your loss. Take Care, Tom
deb, I’m deeply sorry about your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. Accept my heartfelt sympathy.
Geez Deb, I came back from vacation and heard your sorry news. I am so sorry for your loss. John H & I missed the office card that was passed around so we did something on our own in memory of your father. Pat P.
Maureen Demar Hall
Aunt Aileen, I’m so sorry to hear this news, John was a wonderful person and I know he’ll always be remembered with love. We enjoyed our, unfortunately infrequent, trips home with a lunch or dinner at the club to see you both- what great stories and humor at those events! Gary and I wish you well and send all our love.