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Gregory E. Carlson

FALLS VILLAGE — Gregory E. Carlson, 62, of Armonk, N.Y., passed away on July 12, 2018,  after a Herculean battle with cancer. 

Gregory was born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Dec. 2, 1955, to Dolores (Stout) and the late Ehret Carlson. 

Gregory always excelled in his studies and earned his master’s degree from the University of Hartford.  After graduation, Gregory began his career in Litchfield County, working as an accountant at several schools and hospitals. Continuing his career and following his passion for education, he became assistant superintendent for business, working for several schools until his most recent position, at Byram Hills Central School District in Armonk. 

In 2017, Gregory earned the most prestigious honor in New York state education, The Philip B. Fredenburg Award for Outstanding Service from the New York State Association of School Business Officials, (NYASBO), an organization of which he was a past president. 

With an eye for education, he dedicated more than 20 years as a ski instructor at Ski Butternut. During that time, Gregory was featured in SKI magazine as one of the top 100 ski instructors in the country. 

He would often support underprivileged skiers by donating clothing, equipment or his time. 

Gregory also enjoyed golfing, though some might argue he enjoyed collecting lost golf balls more! 

Most importantly, Gregory loved his family, spending time with them and taking them all over the world on “mystery trips” and adventures. 

Gregory was overjoyed to learn that he would soon become a grandfather, compliments of his oldest child. 

In addition to his mother and future grandchild, Gregory is survived by his three children, Melinda and her husband, Matthew Gillette, of Canaan, Geoffrey Carlson and his fiancée, Claire Dixon, of Simsbury, Conn., and Brandon Carlson of Armonk; a sister, Sharon Watt of Simsbury, Conn.; a brother, Brian and his wife, Karen Carlson, of Bantam, Conn.; and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his father, Gregory was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Wesley Watt. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Gregory at St. Bernard’s Church in Sharon on Saturday, July 21,  at 11 a.m. 

Inurnment at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Mausoleum at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Poughkeepsie will be private and at the convenience of the family. 

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon on Friday, July 20, between 4 and 8 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to support underprivileged skiers or toward the NYASBO Past Presidents Scholarship Fund. Checks for either purpose can be made out to NYASBO and mailed to NYASBO, 453 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205; note which option you would like your donation to help.