William “Pop” D. Carver, 90, of Gloucester, Mass., passed away suddenly and peacefully, Saturday, August 19, 2017.
William was born January 15, 2017, in New York, N.Y., to James and Ann (Smith) Carver. He spent 20 years in the Navy serving in the Pacific during WWII and in various locations at sea and at bases throughout the Korean and early Vietnam wars. He worked as a Black Seal engineer in Des Moines, Iowa before retiring and moving in with his family in New Jersey. He was a member of the VFW in Iowa where he was Chaplain and Historian for his Post.
He was a fixture at the Main Street Café in Toms River, N.J., from 1995 to 2005. Many classes of South Toms River High School students saw him every day at Table “8” where he read the paper and held counsel. He was a sometimes gruff retired navy man, but when the Santa for the Manasquan St. Denis School Christmas Party couldn’t make it one year, Pop reluctantly filled in and ended up being Santa for many years until the last of his grandsons graduated from the school. He genuinely loved all the kids and knew most by name. Some came to see him like a surrogate grandpa. Later he moved with his family in 2012 to Gloucester to be involved on a daily basis in his new great-granddaughter’s life.
William is survived by and will be dearly missed by his daughter, Valerie; son-in-law and best friend, Matthew; treasured grandsons, Matt, Steve, Shawn and son-in-law, Ed; beloved great-granddaughter, Carolyn Rose – who was his greatest joy in the last six years of his life; and her mother, Anna, whom he loved like a granddaughter. Great and beloved friends include Kate and Jeff, Dani and Dave, Sabrina and John, and all those who he proudly watched grow from teenagers into responsible adults he met from all walks of life everywhere he went.
In honoring with William’s wishes, Funeral Services will be private. For online condolences and register book please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester.
Published on  August 23, 2017