Carl Tage's Story

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Carl Tage Berglund died on September 20, 2016, at the age of 90. Born April 25, 1926, in Omaha, Neb., Carl was the only child of Tage and Inez Berglund of Sweden. A graduate of Purdue University and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point, N.Y., he served his country with distinction in the Second World War as Lieutenant j.g. on Navy destroyers, accompanying convoys in the Atlantic and Pacific from 1944 to 1946. In 1954, he married Mary Margaret McLean of Matheson, Ontario, Canada, and they had a daughter, Mary Lisa, in 1956 in North Bay, Ontario; and a son, Carson Tage Berglund, in 1959 in Greenville, S.C.
Educated as a civil engineer, Carl began his career as project engineer for Johns Manville Corp. before accepting his first executive position with Daniel Construction in Greenville, S.C. In 1961, Carl moved his young family to Sewickley, Pa., to work for H.H. Robertson Co., a construction company supplying Pittsburgh’s steel industry, where he became the youngest vice president in company history. In 1974, he moved the family to Dallas, Texas, to lead construction and engineering sales for the newly-combined Fluor-Daniel Corp., working there for over two decades before retiring as Senior Vice President at age 75 in Houston, Texas.
From 1978 to 2006, Carl and Mary lived in Houston and owned a beach house in Galveston, where they met his goddaughter, Beth Cloyd, and became godparents to her children, Mikaela and Elyse. In 2006, he and Mary moved to Rockport, Mass., to be near Carson and his family. In 2008, Carl suffered the untimely loss of his beloved daughter, Lisa, and in 2014 he lost Mary, his wife of 60 years.
A child of the Dust Bowl and Depression, Carl personified his generation and Swedish heritage. He was ambitious, hardworking, loyal, and stoic. He moved easily in all circles and his sociable nature won him friends across the globe. Friends and colleagues valued his conversation and humor, while his employers prized his drive and intellect, unusually broad for an engineer. His other career choice had been journalist. Later, retired but never idle, Carl turned his hands to helping his children and grandchildren with their projects, finding pleasure in their satisfaction at a job well done. He was always available to listen and give advice and to offer encouragement without judgment.
Carl will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his son, Carson; daughter-in-law, Amanda Armstrong; and their children, Carling, Alexis, Carson and Campbell.
A memorial service to celebrate Carl’s life will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016, at 4 p.m in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4 Cleaves Street, Rockport. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Omega Hospice House, 602 Branard Street, Houston, TX 77006.
Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  September 27, 2016
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