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J. Thomas Carroll Jr.

September 20, 1942 — June 1, 2015

J. Thomas Carroll Jr., 72, of Harrisville, passed away Monday, June 1, 2015 at Alpena Regional Medical Center. Born September 20, 1942 to James Thomas and Lois (Waite) Carroll in Detroit, he was raised there. On August 27, 1966, he married Diane LePlae in Grosse Pointe Woods, and they were residents of Detroit. Tom worked for the U.S. Department of Justice from 1966 until 1969 in Washington D.C. In 1969, he returned to Detroit, where he worked at the University of Detroit Law School, until 1976, when he moved to Harrisville. Tom served as the Alcona County Prosecutor from 1978 until 1980, and then worked as an attorney in his private practice in Harrisville. Tom was devoted to his family, and loved spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed sailing, and coaching little league baseball. He was a proud volunteer with the American Red Cross, spending three weeks with the Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort in 2005. He recently celebrated 25 years of sobriety, and dedication to the A.A. program. He is survived by his wife, Diane, daughter, Colleen Carroll, two sons, James T. Carroll III and Mathias (Jennifer) Carroll, seven grandchildren, Emily, Beck and Madison Carroll, Maddie and Jaxson LeMieux, and Elliot and Rachael Matayek, two sisters, Lois (Jack) Dunn and Maureen Cameron, one brother, John (Mary) Carroll, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his infant son, Peter Carroll. Mr. Carroll is at Gillies Funeral Home in Harrisville, where friends may call on Thursday, June 4, from 3-8 P.M. Visitation will continue on Friday, June 5, from 10:00 AM until the funeral mass at 11:00 AM at St. Anne Catholic Church in Harrisville. Burial will be in St. Anne Catholic Cemetery, Harrisville. Memorial donations are suggested to St. Vincent DePaul, Mikado, or to My Brother’s Hope in Harrisville. To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of J. Thomas Carroll Jr., please visit our flower store.


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