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Carman E. Santor, 92, of Keeseville, died Monday, July 24, 2017, at the Eddy Village Green Nursing Home in Cohoes, N.Y.
He was born in Keeseville on April 24, 1925, the son of Alfred and Isabelle (Garrant) Santor and was a lifelong resident of Keeseville. He graduated from Keeseville High School in 1942. He then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps reserves. While in the reserves, he received his A.A. Degree: Social-Service-Military Science, Muhlenberg College in 1944. A.B. Degree: Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Union College in 1946. In 1945, he received his honorable discharge as a Private First Class from the U.S. Marine Corps. He later received his M.A. Degree: Human Services, Social Work, SUNY Albany in 1948 and an M.C.A. Degree: Criminology-Corrections, Administration, St. Lawrence University in 1958.
In 1951, Carman was hired as Clinton County's first and only Probation Officer. In 1956, he was promoted to Chief Probation Officer. In 1958 he was appointed to Director of Probation where he worked until his retirement in 1992. In addition to his duties in Probation, he taught several courses in Criminology, Sociology and Psychology at Plattsburgh State College, Clinton Community College and Dannemora State Prison.
In addition to his parents, Carman was predeceased by his wife, Margaret (Peggy) McCusker Santor of 39 years; and one brother, Jimmy Santor.
Left to cherish the memory of Carman are his six children, Lynn O'Brien and her husband Christopher of Troy, N.Y.; Bryan Santor and wife Tracey of Glastonbury, Conn.; Cathy Merrill and husband Hardy of Cohoes, N.Y.; Susan Santor of Rensselaer, N.Y.; Beth Stevens and husband Brian of New Boston, N.H.; Margot Santor and companion Maurice Bressette of Plattsburgh, N.Y. Carman was loved and adored by his seven grandchildren and one great-grandson. He is also survived by his sister, Marjorie Connors of Cohoes, N.Y.; and brother, Thomas Santor of Keeseville, N.Y.
Carman was an active member of his community. He was a member of the Plattsburgh Elks Lodge and Knights of Columbus of Keeseville. He served on the Clinton County Youth Board as well as the Keeseville Youth Commission. He was also actively involved with the JCEO. Some of his hobbies included his love of his horses, and as so, he was a member of the Keeseville Riding and Driving Club.
Besides being a devoted husband and loving father, he loved spending time with his family at his camp on Lake Champlain. His optimistic view on life was uplifting and his sense of humor was second to none. He was a friend to all, a mentor to many and his legacy will live on.
Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 124 Clinton Street, Keeseville. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 28, at St. John the Baptist Church, 1804 Main Street, Keeseville, with the Rev. Kris C. Lauzon celebrating. Burial will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, 1660 Front Street, Keeseville, where Military Honors will be accorded.
Donations in memory of Carman E. Santor may be made to The Anderson Falls Heritage Society, Attn: Betty Brelia, 24 Chesterfield St., Keeseville, NY 12944; and/or the Elmore SPCA, PO Box 686 Peru, NY 12972.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 124 Clinton Street, Keeseville, 834-7667. To offer an online condolence, share a symbolic gesture, or share a photo in memory of Carman please visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com
Published on July 25, 2017
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