August 24, 1937 - September 26, 2013

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date October 12, 2013


CARLYLE, FRANCIS W., 76, formerly of Waterbury, and most recently of Ocala, Fla., passed away at his home September 26, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Aug. 24, 1937, in Burlington. He attended school in Waterbury and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1954, where he received recognition as an outstanding crew chief in the 1st Fighter-Day Squadron. After leaving the Air Force, he worked for many years with Merrill Transport and Rock of Ages, before returning to the service in the Army Guard, from which he retired in 2000. He leaves his loving wife, Ann-Marie (Wallace) Carlyle, whom he married Dec. 22, 1959; his children and their spouses: Dion and Terri Carlyle, Mona and Gunner McCain, Marnie and Peter DeFreest, Melanie and Chris Rutledge; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings: Ruth Richardson, Kenny Carlyle, Cheryl Brown, Bobby Carlyle, Lisa Barofio and Julie Moody, as well as by Jeff James, Larry Litchfield and Phillip Kellem, who may not have been born as family but soon became it. He was predeceased by his mother, Helen Carlyle, stepfather Kenneth Carlyle, and his father, Everest Stebbins. Francis was an avid sports fan, loved his Boston Red Sox and New York Giants. He was also a kind and caring man with a big heart for not only people but animals as well. He would never allow anyone to harm toads in his garden and snakes in the stone wall. His dogs Hobbs, Wallace and Cooney never lacked for love or attention. A celebration of his life will be held from 1 to 5pm Saturday, Oct. 12, at 95 S. Main St., Waterbury, Vt. (the yellow building next to the McCain Consulting offices).

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