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Carl Isley

Carl Walter Isley

Monday, August 24th, 1931 - Monday, August 17th, 2020
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Carl Walter Isley
Age 88 of Watkins Glen, NY, died peacefully on August 17, 2020.

He was born in Montour Falls, August 24, 1931, the son of Carl James and Carolyn Mahoney Isley. For forty-three years, Carl was employed by Shepard Niles Crane and Hoist as a salesman and Vice- President of Sales-Service. A proud graduate of Saint Bonaventure University, he served in the Army Rangers and Army Reserves. Carl was an active member of the community. He served as President of the New York State Jaycees and co-founded the Squires Drum and Bugle Corps. In addition, he was a board member of the Watkins Glen Central Schools, the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Corporation, and the Watkins Glen Golf Course. To benefit Schuyler Hospital, Carl co-chaired the Schuyler County Dixieland Jazz Festival with his late wife, Fran. Carl was a communicant of and volunteer at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church and enjoyed leather tooling and reading in his free time.

Carl was predeceased by his beloved wife of fifty-five years, Fran, and his cousin, Richard Moran. He is survived by his five children, twelve grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, Sharon (David) Herzig and their children John (Kate) and Stephanie (Nicholas) Johnson; Craig Isley; Scott (Lisa) Isley and their children Christopher, Michael (Samantha), Carla, Elyse, and Olivia; Allison (Mark) Majka and their children Jordan and Sydney; and Carl (Joelle) Isley and their children Callan, Gavin, and Alana; his cousin William (Jane) Isley and family; his brother-in-law Alfred C. (Faye) Woodward and family.

Our sincerest gratitude to the Watkins Glen community, the staff at Bethany Village and Elcor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Horseheads, NY, and Dr. Paul T. Donnelly M.D. of Watkins Glen, NY, who cared for our beloved father, Carl, and treated him with compassion, patience, and love.

A private interment will be held at the Glenwood Cemetery, Watkins Glen, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Carl’s memory may be made to: The Watkins Glen Public Library, 610 S. Decatur Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or Schuyler County Ambulance, 909 S. Decatur Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. ROYCE-CHEDZOY FUNERAL HOME of Watkins Glen is assisting the family. Please share your condolences at: www.RoyceChedzoy.com at his obituary.
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    Glenwood Cemetery
    100 Cemetery Road
    WATKINS GLEN, NY 14891
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    A private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.


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Anne Cartmell Elder

Posted at 03:33pm
I'm a former WGHS classmate of Carl. My memories go way back to adventures with Carl and classmates - always great fun even when they involved monkey business and we got in trouble.
He was a good friend and over the years we continued to follow each other's careers. Fran had also long been a friend, and they made a fine couple.
The summers we spent returning to Seneca Lake and Watkins Glen often provided opportunities to catch up, even when that meant trips to Horseheads and attempts to explain just why Carl was remaining there when we left.
He will always be an important part of the '49ers, proud graduates of Watkins Glen High School.

Anne Cartmell Elder

Becky Bond

Posted at 02:17pm
To all you Isley kids....so very very sorry for your loss! We loved your Mom and Dad! Best neighbors ever up on the hillside! I can still see your Dad mowing the lawn and Smokin his pipe! Multi tasking! Of course we all miss those days and we will miss your Dad. My love to each of you and your whole family. Becky Love Pevo Bond

Joseph A Franzese Jr

Posted at 11:37am
Craig, so sorry for your loss. Your dad was the best! I can't remember a time that he did not have a big SMILE on his face. And we gave him plenty of grief in are youth! God Be With You and family

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Posted at 11:32am
Carl, Joelle, and family, We are thinking of you during this difficult time. With deepest & heartfelt sympathy,
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Wade Pike

Posted at 11:03pm
My condolences to Allison and the Isley Family
As a lifetime resident of Schuyler County I sure miss The Family owned Isley Hardware Store. As a young person that frequented the store I rarely knew what I wanted but every member of the Isley Family made me feel like a friend. If my memory hasn't failed me Mrs Isley with red Dodge truck and Mr Isley with his Bonnies License plates were a every day occurrence around town. I hope you find some peace knowing that your Mom and Dad are still warmly remembered after all these years . Wade Pike

Phyllisadesarno@gmail.com Posted at 11:46pm

To the entire Isley Family, So sorry to hear that Carl has passed. He was always warm and kind to everyone. He had a great laugh and was always quick with a joke or funny story. He will be missed. Philly DeSarno

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