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Joseph Edmund Carroll, of Fair Haven, NJ passed away on January 23rd.

Joe Carroll was born in Long Branch and was a lifelong resident of Red Bank and Fair Haven. A star athlete in high school, Joe helped Croydon Hall Academy win the state basketball championship. After graduating, Joe enlisted in the US Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne.  After three years of active duty and several years in the reserves, he was honorably discharged and set his sights on Wall Street. Over his 30 year career, he worked his way from an entry-level Page to a member of the New York Stock Exchange, working for the First of Michigan Corporation. After retiring, he started a second career in an area he loved—the outdoors. Joe was an avid fisherman, duck hunter, and gardener.  He worked for the Monmouth County Park System into his 80s.

There was nothing Joe loved more than his family and Fair Haven. He was married to his wife, Mary Patricia, for over 60 years and together they raised one son and three daughters. He was always willing to get involved. Joe was a member of the Fair Haven Fire Department, spent time as a recreation commissioner, and was a long time coach of baseball and CYO basketball. Even when not in an official role, he was often seen umpiring softball games or moving the chains for Pop Warner football. Joe was a proponent of equality in sports well before it was popular. His daughters were among the first to play hardball with the boys instead of softball. He was at every game his children played, always cheering them on.

Joe is survived by his wife Mary Patrica (Eddy), son Patrick Carroll and wife Eileen, daughter Sharon Everett and husband Michael, daughter Maura Creekmore and husband Hill, and daughter Megan Haran and husband Richard. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren. Joe is predeceased by his parents Joseph Carroll and Florence Carroll (Hanisch). Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Bruce S. Thompson, Owner & Manager, NJ LIC #3740