ROCKLAND – In the midst of a whirling hubbub, Karl Carlson, was passed over to harps and angels, Sept. 25, 2012, by his hovering flock of children, 23 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, at Knox Center for Long Term Care. He stepped into the world May 12, 1932, son of Millard and Leola Carlson.
Karl graduated from Bemus Point High School, Bemus Point, N.Y., in 1951, where he excelled in all sports, football being his favorite. That fall he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. A veteran of the Korean War, while stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, he volunteered when he was off duty, to assist a husky breeder who raised and trained dogs for sled use. After being discharged from military service, he moved with his wife and son, Michael, to Bemus Point on Lake Chautauqua. After settling in Bemus Point, N.Y., five more children happened along, Dayle Moore, Dawne Carlson-George, Mitchel Keith, Millard Ted and Erin C. Soucy. While living in Bemus Point, N.Y., he graduated from Jamestown Business College and worked nine years with Jamestown Post Journal. He later moved to Maine and settled his family in Camden. He worked for Maine Antique Digest and The Katahdin Press, and then went on to publish his own newspaper, The Town Crier. He simultaneously operated The Town Coffee Shop, Camden, and The Village Coffee Shop, Warren. He loved and enjoyed family gatherings and especially liked to put on the traditional Smorgasbord, as he was loyal to his Swedish background. While living in Bemus Point, N.Y., and Camden, he volunteered as a coach with the Little League Baseball programs. He was a member of American Legion War Memorial Post No. 30, Camden, and The Lions Club, Jamestown, N.Y. He enjoyed golf at Goose River Golf Course, Camden.
His family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the staff and residents at Knox Center for Long Term Care, who always appreciated Karl’s wit, humor and ability to relate to staff and residents in a caring way.
Those who wish may make contributions in Karl’s memory to Make-A-Wish Foundation, 477 Congress St., Suite M1, Portland, ME 04101. To share a memory or story with Karl’s family, please visit his online Book of Memories at