CARIBOU – G. Milton Carter, 92, died peacefully Wednesday, March 28, 2012, surrounded by his family after an extended illness. The eldest of two boys, he was born March 2, 1920, in Washburn, to George M. and Myrtle S. Carter.
"Mickey," as he was known to friends, was a lifelong native of Aroostook County. While he was a boy his parents moved the family to Caribou, where his father was superintendent of schools and his mother was a teacher. Mickey’s boyhood years were spent enjoying the outdoors, fishing and hunting in and around Madawaska Lake, often in the company of his younger brother, Berkeley. Mickey attended Caribou’s public schools, where he was active as a drummer and saxophonist in the high school band. He graduated from Caribou High School in 1938. It was during these years that his heart was captured by a certain Helen Bearce, and they were married July 12, 1942, in Meridian, Miss. Their happiness together spanned more than 53 years until Helen’s death in 1995. After high school Mickey attended the University of Maine, Orono. As was true for many of his generation, Mickey’s college years would be interrupted by World War II. He joined the U.S. Army Reserves in early 1941, subsequently entered Officers’ Candidate School and was commissioned to second lieutenant in 1942. He rose to the rank of captain and served in the European Theatre as commander of the 1952nd Trucking Company, attached to the 12th Air Force. His tour of active duty overseas began in November 1942 with the allied campaign in North Africa and continued in Sicily, southern France and Italy. The years after the war would find Mickey back in northern Maine working in the heating oil distribution business at L.D. Bearce Co. with father-in-law, Lewis D. Bearce. Mickey advanced through the company and after the death of L.D. Bearce in 1952, it was renamed to Bearce-Carter Oil Co. After selling his company to Dead River Oil Co. in fall 1969, Mickey formed Carter, Inc., which supplied gasoline and motor oil products throughout Aroostook County. Selling to consumers directly and through other non-affiliated suppliers, Mickey led this business until his retirement in 1987. Mickey loved fishing, hunting, skiing and sailing, and enjoyed teaching these to his three children. His great love of music could be heard on Sundays as he sang bass in the choir at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Caribou. An occasional chef, he loved nothing more than entertaining his family and friends, standing back to observe and appreciate the moment. He never failed to point out that sharing such moments are truly what life and living is all about.
Mickey is survived by his beloved partner of 16 years, Noella Mulherin of Grand Falls, New Brunswick; daughter, J. Elizabeth Warren and her husband, Richard Warren, of Bangor; son, L. Bearce Carter and his wife, Nona Carter, of Naples, Fla.; and son, G.M. Nicholas Carter and his wife, Susan J. Carter, of Riverside, Conn. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, Courtney Adragna and her children, Grace, Holden and Carter; Lise H. Carter and her brother, Joseph B. Carter, both of San Francisco; George B. Warren of Westbrook; Anne L. Warren and her husband, William Prescott Golding Jr., and their son, Will, of Hingham, Mass.; Sarah E. Carter of New York City; and Andrew N. Carter of Los Angeles.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jefferson Cary Foundation, Cary Medical Center, P.O. Box 89, Caribou, ME 04736. A service of Lancaster Morgan Funeral Home, Caribou.