Obituary: Edward P. Carlin, 88

by | Feb 12, 2015


Edward P. Carlin

Edward P. Carlin, 88, of East Greenwich, passed away Feb. 10. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Alexandra C. (Quirka) Carlin. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Raphael and Loretta (Sullivan) Carlin.

After graduating from Mt. Pleasant HS in Providence, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served as an aviation machinist during WW II. He attended Providence College on the GI Bill where he played varsity baseball and graduated in 1951.

Ed worked in the insurance business for the next 43 years and developed many lifelong friendships. He retired from the Andover Companies and spent many winters in Florida on the golf course. Ed was a member of the Wannamoisett Country Club in East Providence for many years.

Ed met his future wife, Alex, when he was working as a waiter at the Ambassador Inn in North Providence. After getting married in 1953, they lived in West Warwick until 1964 when they moved to East Greenwich. Ed and Alex renewed their wedding vows at St. Matthew Church in Cranston on their 50th anniversary. Ed’s passions included regular rounds of golf, trips to Block Island, drives to the ocean, and rooting for the Red Sox, the Pats, and PC basketball. He especially loved get togethers with good food, red wine, and entertaining his family and friends with his Irish gift for storytelling.

He is also survived by his children, Alexandra Carlin Heavey and her husband John Heavey of Marion, Mass., Edward Carlin, Jr. and his wife Julia of Carlsbad, Calif., Sandra Carlin of Warwick, and Lisa Carlin Long and her husband James Long of Natick, Mass.; seven grandchildren, Samuel and Cal Heavey, Delainey and Sean Carlin, Savannah Carlin and Brendan and Hannah Long; and a sister, Catherine Johnson of North Kingstown. He was the brother of the late Loretta Henderson, John ”Buddy” and Joseph Carlin and Doris Flood.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, at 10:30 a.m., at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 65 Third St., East Greenwich. Burial with military honors will be in Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter. Calling hours will be Monday 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hill Funeral Home, 822 Main St., East Greenwich. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Providence College Angel Fund, 1 Cunningham Square, Providence, RI, 02918,

The online obituary and condolence page can be found here.


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