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Thomas W. Carroll, 81, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired postal worker who was active as a Catholic Eucharistic minister, died Wednesday (Jan. 26, 2000) in McAuley Residence, Town of Tonawanda, after a long illness.

Born in Dushore, Pa., he attended St. Basil High School there and served in the Army Air Forces during World War II in Panama and the South Pacific.

After the war, he came to Buffalo and worked as the manager of Endicott Johnson shoe stores in downtown Buffalo and the City of Tonawanda. In 1960, he joined what is now the U.S. Postal Service and worked as an inside mail handler in the Main Post Office on William Street. He retired in 1978.

A member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Town of Tonawanda, he was a Eucharistic minister and a member of the Holy Name Society and the Pro-Life Committee. He also was active in pro-life organizations on the diocesan level and was a member of the Buffalo Regional Right to Life Committee.

He served as a Eucharistic minister at Kenmore Mercy Hospital for 20 years. He also was a member of the Northside First Friday Men's Group and a life member of the Post Office Catholic Club.

He helped organize Freedom Post 485, Catholic War Veterans, and was a charter member. He also was active in Harry Crosby Post 2472, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Town of Tonawanda, and the Knights of Columbus. He helped form Bishop Benincasa Council 10868, Knights of Columbus, and was a charter member.

In 1980, he helped found Queen City of the Lakes Chapter, Ancient Order of Hibernians, and served as its first president. In 1988, the members renamed the chapter in his honor. It is now Thomas W. Carroll Erie County Division I, Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Surviving are his wife of 44 years, the former Angelica Benincasa; two sisters, Katherine "Kitty" and Mary Cain, both of Amherst; and a brother, John O'Boyle of Elmira.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:45 a.m. Saturday in St. John the Baptist Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda, after prayers at 10:15 in D. Lawrence Ginnane Funeral Home, 3215 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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