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Frank L CarterFebruary 18, 1935 ~ October 20, 2017 (age 82)
Frank Leslie Carter, 82, passed away October 20, 2017 at Health South Rehabilitation Hospital in Ludlow. Born in Springfield on February 18, 1935 to the late Frank H. and Jeanette (Duquette) Carter, he was a lifelong Indian Orchard resident. He is survived by his sons, Peter Carter and his wife Lisa of Ft. Mitchell, KY, Jason Carter and his wife Jennifer of Nashville, TN, David Carter of Indian Orchard and his daughter, Lisa Carter of Ludlow; his sister, Anne Carter of Meredith, NH; a beloved uncle, Albert Duquette of Indian Orchard; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; his loving companion, Helen Vaselocopoulos of Springfield; Josephine Carter, the mother of his children Peter and Lisa; Martha Carter, the mother of his sons Jason and David and also many other family members and friends.
Frank graduated from Springfield Trade School in 1953. He enlisted in the Army and served in Germany during the Korean War. Frank was a talented artist. He worked for Pioneer Packaging and Omni Glow in their art marketing departments. He formed his own packaging design company, Creative Concepts, leasing his operation in the former St. Aloysius School in Indian Orchard. Later, he formed a new business, Frank Carter Associates. Frank designed the logos for the Springfield Indians and Falcons hockey teams. He was an avid outdoorsman and hunter. At his camp in Vermont, he and his many friends spent memorable times together hunting and gourmet cooking as Blue Mountain Boys.
Frank was honored for his artwork which was displayed at the Mass Mutual Center and some of his work is currently on display at the Federal Building, 1550 Main St., Springfield until the end of October, 2017. He was an artist in residence at the Indian Orchard Mills where he continued to paint nature, animals, Jazz birds, beach birds, and landscapes. Painting was his life and Indian Orchard was his heart. He believed in paying it forward by opening his studio to young people who wanted to develop their artistic talent.
Frank was involved with the Polish American Veterans Association where he contributed numerous toys to the children’s Christmas Party. The Vets honored him as Man of the Year in recognition of his many contributions for children. He served on the Springfield City Council as the representative for Ward 8, Indian Orchard and also served on the Springfield Water Commission.
Funeral services for Frank will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 assembling at 10:00am at Nowak Funeral & Cremation Services, 15 Ludlow Ave., Indian Orchard and proceeding to Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut St., Springfield for a funeral mass at 11:00am. Burial with military honors will follow at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main St., Agawam at 1:00pm. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 5:00-8:00pm at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions in Frank's honor may be made to The Art Department at Roger L. Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy,1300 State Street, Springfield, MA 01109.
For further details and to express online condolences, please visit www.nowakfuneral.com.