Mr. Carlton B. Shaver, 90, of 208 Jefferson Ave, unexpectedly passed away in his sleep on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 in the comforts of his home.
Carlton was born January 30, 1922 in Massena, the son of the late Loren and Eva Minkler Shaver. He attended local schools and graduated from Massena High School in 1939. He married his high school sweetheart, Donna E. Southworth, on February 14, 1943 at St. John’s Episcopal Church with Rev. Norman Godfrey, officiating. Donna predeceased him on November 15, 2008.
In the spring of 1944, Carlton entered the US Army, serving with the 84th Railsplitters Division as a BAR man. He served for 18 months in Germany and was honorably discharged in 1946. Among his military achievements and awards were the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, the Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster, the ETO Medal with 3 Stars, and the Army of Occupation Medal. Carlton was also awarded the World War II Medal, Good Conduct Medal, State of New York Conspicuous Service Medal and the Battle of the Bulge Medal.
In 1940, Carlton went to work at Alcoa as a Machinist Apprentice, later becoming a machinist. He continued working as a machinist for 25 years until he became a supervisor in the fabricating machining department, where he continued until his retirement in 1990 after 50 years of service. While working at Alcoa, he attended night school at Clarkson University for mechanical engineering. Carlton was a life member of the NRA, the 84th Division Society, National Defense and Industrial Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars¸ the American Legion, and the North American Hunting Club. He was a founding member of the Massena Rod and Gun Club, past president of the Massena Rifle and Pistol Club, and the New York State Rifle and Pistol Club. Carlton was also a master instructor in the Hunter Education Program. In their younger years, Carlton and his late wife, Donna, were avid skaters have met for the first time at the old skating rink in high school. The highlight of their skating career was when they appeared on National Television during a commercial for Alcoa at Christmas time.
Carlton and Donna were blessed with two children, but suffered the heartache of losing both of them. Their son, Carlton Benjamin Shaver, Jr, died at the age of 26, on March 12, 1977, and their daughter, Jane Fisher, died at the age of 41 on April 12, 1991. He was also predeceased by his brother, William Shaver; and two sisters, Lorena Mott and Virginia Winters.
Carlton is survived by his grandson, Carlton Fisher of Watertown.
Funeral services will be held Saturday 12:00 noon at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be in Louisville Community Cemetery in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made in Carlton’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Condolences may be made online at www.donaldsonfh.com.