Richard "Dick" John Carroll

Richard John "Dick" Carroll left us on August 14, 2018, joining in heaven his wife and best friend Barbara 6 months to the day after her own passing. He was born on Broad St, New Britain on November 20, 1932, where his family lived in the same apartment for over 60 years. A natural story teller, Dick would tell us of how their apartment was heated with a coal stove, its ashes sold to farmers for fertilizer. He was raised before television, when kids spent all their time outdoors with homemade toys. He would tell us about the rag man going down Broad Street, weighing old clothing people would sell him for a few cents. There was an ice man with a cart who sold chunks of ice for people’s ice boxes, and a popcorn cart in front of the New Britain Library selling 5-cent bags of popcorn. At Easter time the parish priest would go door to door on Broad Street, blessing trays of Easter food.
Dick attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and New Britain Senior High, graduating in 1951. He served in the US Army as a Presidential Honor Guard in Washington, DC under President Eisenhower, meeting him personally and shaking his hand. After the army Dick worked at Fafnir Bearing Co. in New Britain before becoming a New Britain Police Officer. Dick retired from the New Britain Police Force in 1983 at the rank of sergeant.
He and Barbara Butler married on March 3, 1962. They settled in Southington where they raised their family. When their children got older Barbara and Dick became interested in Irish Festivals, Irish Clubs, and Irish dancing. They traveled to Irish Festivals around New England and made yearly trips to the Bahamas and Niagara-on-the-Lake in Canada. These activities were almost always enjoyed with their many close friends.
Dick leaves behind his two sons: Michael Carroll and his wife Denise of New Britain, Patrick Carroll of Southington; four grandchildren: Jessica Carroll of Southington, Janet Carroll of New York City, Shane Carroll of San Antonio, Texas, and Brandon Carroll and his wife Jennifer of Southington; his great-grandson Connor Carroll, his sister Ann Raia, his brothers Joseph, Bill, John, and Tom Carroll, his sister-in-law Mrs. Mary Ann Carroll, and many nieces and nephews, as well as many close friends. Dick was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Alice [Osakowicz] Carroll, his brother Edward Carroll, his sister Mary Carroll, a brother-in-law Samuel Raia, and sister-in-law Hedy Carroll.
Dick and Barbara were both very proud of their family and will be missed by all who knew them.
A Memorial Mass for Dick will be held on Saturday, August 25, at 11 am. at St. Dominic Church, 1050 Flanders Road, Southington. There are no calling hours. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations in Dick’s name can be made to the Ancient Order of Hibernians at PO Box 539, West Caldwell, NJ 07007, or to the Rocky Hill Veteran’s Home at CT Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs, 287 West Street, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences and directions please visit