BRUNSWICK— Franklin William Carney, 91, died Nov. 16 at his winter home in Brunswick. He was born in Malden, Massachusetts Feb. 27, 1924, the eldest of three sons of Richard and Gretchen (Horstmeyer) Carney.
Carney grew up in Melrose, Massachusetts and graduated from Melrose High School in 1941 and Kimball Union Academy in 1942. Carney was thrilled when he was accepted to Cornell University. He joined Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, as well as the local musicians’ union. In 1943, he joined the V12 Naval College Training Program. He attended Midshipmens School at Northwestern University, was commissioned an ensign, and assigned to Naval Communications School at Harvard. He was then assigned to duty at the 1st Naval District Boston. After the war he resumed his education at Cornell, graduating in 1947. Carney had a lifelong affiliation with Cornell, and was named a Life Member of the Cornell Council in recognition of his service to the University.
Following Cornell, Carney returned to Boston, where he started his career in the insurance business. In 1948 he joined the insurance brokerage firm of Storer, Damon & Lund, where he became a partner and spent his entire career. He also met his lifelong love, Carolyn Archibald, at the firm. The couple was married in 1955. During his career they lived in Melrose and Topsfield, Massachusetts
Carney served as a director of Boston Federal Savings Bank from 1962-1995.
Frank had a lifelong love of Maine, and fondly remembered spending time as a boy with his grandparents at Echo Farm in Sheepscot. In 1955 he and Carolyn bought their first Maine cottage on Brighams Cove in Phippsburg. That purchase was followed by homes in South Harpswell and Orrs Island, where he became a member of All Saints Chapel and the OBYC. Maine summers included countless happy hours on Casco Bay.
Carney also loved family adventures and traveling, whether on a family ski trip to the mountains, vacationing in the Virgin Islands or traveling in Europe.
Following retirement he and Carolyn wintered for 18 years at Worthington Country Club in Bonita Springs, Florida, where he as an avid golfer. Carney experienced the thrill of a hole-in-one on two occasions: at Worthington and Mere Creek in Brunswick..
Carney is survived by his wife of 60 years, Carolyn, of Orrs Island and Brunswick; a son, Chris, of Falmouth; a daughter, Pam Bates, of Hingham, Massachusetts; five grandchildren, Liz and Annie Carney and Chris, Trevor and Graham Bates; a brother, Otis, of Marshfield, Massachusetts; and his cousin, Mary Ann Vinton, of Phippsburg.
A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held on Orrs Island in the spring. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to the Abbot Fletcher Sailing School, PO Box 94, Orrs Island, ME 04066, or to All Saints Chapel, PO Box 114, Orrs Island, ME 04066.