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H Wellington Carter

April 2, 1937 January 18, 2021
H Wellington Carter
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Obituary for H Wellington Carter

Born in Detroit, Michigan on April 2, 1937
Departed on January 18, 2021 and resided in Troy, MI

H Wellington Carter - SELFLESS Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Brother, Friend, and Neighbor

H Wellington Carter went out of his way to support his family, neighbors, and friends, always putting others before himself. He showed supernatural strength against impossible odds while maintaining his sense of humor, and embraced his love of the outdoors through camping, hiking, and fishing.

H Wellington Carter was born on April 2, 1937 in Detroit to Charles and Piccola Carter. He enlisted in the army in 1954, initially stationed in California followed by a two-year tour in Germany during the post-war occupation. With a passion for cars, he spent most of his career (45 years) working with Lincoln Mercury dealers. He married the love of his life, Denise Elizabeth Smith, on August 14, 1981, and spent nearly 40 years together.

Most important to H was his church and family. He attended the Royal Oak and later Troy Oaks Community of Christ church faithfully. He would be found joking with his friends in the lobby during coffee hour and always in the third pew, aisle seat with his family during Sunday morning service. After church on Sundays, he would frequent the Big Boy on Maple Rd. one of his favorite restaurants. He was a father to Barb, Robert, Betty, Elizabeth, John, Tim, Michael, and Jacob. He was a Grandfather to Nicolo, Alex, and Amanda, and a Great Grandfather to Amelia, Nicolo, Mariana, Talia, and Barbara. He was also a loving son and brother to 13 brothers and sisters (survived by Shirley and Leatha), in addition to many nieces and nephews.

H was constantly doing things for others and society, whether he was cutting down dead trees for neighbors and strangers, mobilizing an army of Boy Scouts and the Army National Guard to clean up the Clinton River, or giving away jars of his famous raspberry jam. The impact H had on his community is encapsulated in his receiving the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in 1985. The highest adult award in the BSA, the Silver Beaver is “given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. It is given to those who do not seek it.”

H had an unending love for the outdoors and the frigid Michigan winters. Typically found in his backyard without a coat as the ultimate “tough guy,” he had an impressive decades-long run of always building a snowman. He loved to take his sons on canoe trips down the Clinton River in the middle of winter. He led countless camping trips throughout the Midwest and the Canadian bush, often covering dozens of miles in a matter of days, via canoes and foot. He was well known for his legendary campfires, that he would light even in the middle of a downpour, as well as the fish and potatoes he would fry in a cast iron pan over the fire.

A man of few words, H was well known as a man of superhuman strength. Despite having his leg, hip, and back reconstructed following a near-fatal car accident, he still managed to split enough wood every year to keep the fireplace blazing through the winter. In fact, in the last few months on the earth, he not only cut down the overgrown cherry tree in his backyard, but he also dug up the stump and 3-foot round roots single-handedly.

H will be dearly missed by the countless lives he touched.

Family will receive friends at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N Crooks Rd, Clawson (just South of Maple) Friday, January 22, 2021 from 3-8 PM. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of life service will be organized in summer 2021.

To view the recorded Funeral Service and Burial, please click the link below.


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