Pat Carson, after a tough round with cancer, died on December 27 in IU Health Cancer Center. His daughter Julie was at his side and saw his transition into peace. A full blaze of sunset as he passed, surrounded by endless prayers from family and friends. Pat went to Little Flower and St. James Catholic grade schools, graduated from Sacred Heart Central, attended college in California, and earned an Associate Degree in accounting from the University of Indianapolis. He had a long work life that included stints with RCA, USPS, Fed-X, and Marion County Sheriff’s Department. He was preceded in death by his parents Jean (Arnold) and Thomas Carson, his son David Carson, sisters Janet Carson and Sharon Feldman. He is survived by his daughter, Julie Carson, her partner Beth VanSickle and their two children, by grandchildren Christina Carson and Johnny Carson and great granddaughters Olivia and Layla, by his brother Michael Carson and his wife Maggie, his sister Sandy Iaria and her husband Matthew and his sister Marcia DiGiusto, and by many nieces and nephews whom he was close to and much loved by. Pat was a true Irishman, full of the gift of gab. He never knew a stranger and never missed giving the good word, sharing a story. Pat was a great lover of nature–hiking, observing birds, delighting in the forests of Indiana and the Smokey Mountains. His joys in life included Indianapolis Indians baseball (box seats along the third base line), bluegrass music and music festivals, fishing, good beer, and most of all time with family and friends. His optimistic and cheerful way with life made him always a good brother, father, grandfather, uncle, friend. And that cheerful way of his served him and all of his loved ones well in this last year, with so many challenges as he dealt with his illness and hopes for recovery. He will be remembered with a smile whenever his name is mentioned and the stories begin. May he rest in peace.
Memorial contributions may be made to CURE at curechildhoodcancer.org.
Due to the COVID-19 virus, a memorial service will be held at a later date.
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