John “Jack” Francis Carroll, Jr., 67, of Newington, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, at his home.
Born and raised in New Britain, he was a Newington resident since 1982. He was the loving husband of Adorna Occhialini Carroll for 36 years; father to Jenna Carroll Abare and her husband, Norm; Jordan Carroll Gangloff and her husband, Scott; and Sean Carroll and his fiancé, Christina Francis Gagliardi. A cherished grandfather to Emmett Gangloff and Zachary Abare; and beloved son-in-law to Mary Occhialini. Jack was the son of John Francis Carroll, Sr. and the late Mae (McCormick) Carroll, and brother to the late June Carroll. He is also survived by his brother, Bill Carroll and his wife, Judie; and sister, Kathy Carroll. Jack has many aunts and uncles and was an uncle to many cherished nieces and nephews. As a young boy, Jack loved playing baseball. He was a lifelong Yankee fan, played for the VFW Yankees, PAL Seals and New Britain High School Hurricanes. He played over 26 years of softball where he made many lifelong friends on the ball field. It was after his softball career that he became an avid golfer and made many memories with friends near and far on golf courses all across the country. His unrealized dream was to play St. Andrews. His favorite football team was the Giants, and a Sunday never went by that he wasn’t using a selection of ‘colorful’ language yelling at the TV. He was a member of the Italian Independent Political Club in Kensington and Elks Lodge 957 New Britain. Jack will be remembered by many for his ability to weave a story, his sense of humor, and his generosity. He loved fiercely, was a loyal friend, and lived a life filled with laughter and no regrets. We are richer for his gifts and he made all of our lives brighter. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., in Newington, followed immediately by a Celebration of Life at 8 p.m. Burial will be private. Memorial donations may be made to New Britain High School Alumni Baseball Scholarship Fund (c/o: Coach Roberto Mercado, 110 Mill Street, New Britain, CT). To share a memory with his family, visit us at www.newingtonmemorial.com .