Francis H. Carson, 75

OSWEGO, NY – Francis H. Carson, 75, died Monday February 15, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse, surrounded by his loving family.

Francis H. Carson
Francis H. Carson

He was born and raised in Oswego and was the son of the late Francis Carson and Catherine Donohue.

He was a distinguished businessman and co-owner with his brother, Paul Carson, of the “famous” Carson’s News, where everyone knew his name.

Customers can attest to his dedication, hard work, and he loved being around his customers.

The infamous “Carson Gang,” and you know who you are, gave him many trials and tribulations. But, he remembers each and every one of you and wouldn’t trade those times for the world.

His love of his customers and the pride he had maintaining the business his grandparents had started, was just the tip of the husband, father, sibling, grandfather and great-grandfather he was.

The memories of his life in Carson’s News and stories he shared brought great joy and happiness too many.

One of his passions was auto racing. He loved cars and racing!

He ran a concession stand at the Oswego Speedway where popcorn and peanuts became a weekly adventure for him and the “Carson Gang.”

Even his love for driver Nolan Swift, while he may not have watched many races, he felt close enough just being there.

NASCAR was not far behind cheering for his favorite driver Jeff Gordon.

At the house we secretly cheered for our own driver, but at Pop Pop’s house it was Jeff Gordon all the way!

His life was so full of accomplishments.

His business at Carson’s News, but also as an employee of Niagara Mohawk where he retired from as a maintenance foreman.

He knew the importance of hard work and had high expectations not only for himself but for those who worked for him.

His family was his world.

He always beamed at the wonderful successes of each of his children and grandchildren.

There was nothing more he loved than spending time with each of them.

He loved music and he loved it loud.

Bob Segar – “Like a Rock,” ” Night Moves” and his “Old Time Rock and Roll” sneaking his cookies, loving the sweets while grooving to his favorite tunes could be heard throughout the house.

As he struggled with Parkinson’s and crippling arthritis, he always managed to put forth such strength and determination and his sense of humor was always ever present right to the end.

It gave us such joy knowing he knew us and could be with us up to the end.

Francis was predeceased by a sister, Mary Jane Metcalf (Robert); a sister, Sally Maher (Robert); and a grandson, Ryan Carson.

He is survived by the one and only true love of his life, Patricia Ann Carson (Bailey); his brother, Paul Carson (Bobbie Jean); his children, Catherine Kelly (Timothy), son, Francis Carson (AnnMarie), son, Jeff Carson and Jill Familo, daughter-in-law, Cathleen Gunther Carson, son Mark Carson and Christina Wilson, son, Christopher Carson (Michelle), and a daughter Cimberly Jones (Christopher).

He was also the proud grandpa of 19 grandchildren; one great-grandson; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Francis Carson’s life will take place at Nelson’s Funeral Home on Friday from 4-7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Michael J Fox research for Parkinson’s.
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  1. My brother Tom and I are sadden to hear of Frans passing. A good friend and a good man has left us.
    The memory will last.
    One of the gang?
    Dick Axtell
    Pawleys island SC

  2. Rest in peace uncle Fran go sing n dance your lil booty off you deserve so much to be free of the pains of this world may the Lords peace be with the whole family sending love shell n ran xo

  3. Love you Uncle Fran. I will always treasure the visits we had to your house and hanging out with you and Aunt Pat. I will treasure all the shenanigans you pulled off, your sense of humor, your mentoring, your infectious smile and hugs, May you rest in peace, and pain free, Give everyone a hug from us.
    Jon and Karen*Bailey* Halgren
    Phoenix, AZ

  4. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May you take comfort in all of your wonderful memories of times, places, events and most of all family gatherings.

    May God Bless you all and give you comfort and peace

  5. I am sad to hear of Fran’s passing. I remember countless hours at Carson’s News with my dad (Ed Piersall). Fran and his sons we always very kind to me. I miss those good old days! My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you say goodbye to Fran for now.
    One of the gang through my dad.
    Becky (Piersall) Costello

  6. The memories, memories and more memories! My brother, Leo, and I grew up at Carson’s. We also worked there. Fran was like a second father and a great friend. I can’t say enough on how he inspired my life. I’m so glad I have video and pictures of the “Carson Gang” and the store. Rest in Peace Fran!! Greg “Moon Eye” Monette

  7. Fran was a great asset to the maintenance department at The Point. I fondly remember his strut…with that chest puffed out and shoulders back…he wasn’t one of the slackers and definitely worked hard. Rest in Peace.
    Jeff…my condolences to you and your family. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

  8. Almost everyone on the East Side of Oswego during those wonderful years growing up in the 50s and 60s were at one time or another part of the Carson gang. Fran knew us better than we knew ourselves. We shall never forget him!
    Bob Steinburg
    Edenton, NC

  9. So sorry to hear of Frans passing. We were neighbors for many years and loved him & his family dearly. Sending deepest sympathy to all of you. May he rest in peace.

  10. So sorry for your loss. I have known the Carson family all my life. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Carson family.

  11. Seems like we always had to stop at Carsons on the way home from St Pauls or OCHS. It was the place to meet everyone on the East side. Paul always had comment on every situation. A true friend to all. My condolences to his family.
    Carson’s News was and always be Oswego, NY.

  12. Fran was a fellow classmate from Catholic High and although I haven’t seen him since then, my memories of him are of a fun loving, very kind person who was a hard worker. Sounds like he lived a life full of many friends and a loving family – what a blessing. My prayers and sympathy go to his family and many friends.

  13. Prayers to to the Carson family. Pat, You taught a few of us our first lessons in how to run a family. I have been gone from Oswego for almost forty years, but I will always remember my time with the Carson gang, especially the 1000 case delivery’s of Budweiser to the basement……. Hey to all the guys
    Dan Knopp
    Silver fork lodge
    Brighton Utah

  14. Ronnie and I were sad to hear about Fran. As others have said–such good memories of Carsons News. (Those were the days) the days we used to drag race up and down Bridge St. Fran loved my mink stole I got at 2nd hand shop. $20.00 and that included the moth holes. Ha ha. Seriously tho we cherish all those wonderful memories. There are no friends like your old friends.
    Kayln and Ronnie

  15. Fran was a very fine person. I remember his infectious smile and the swagger with the pencil in his ear. The Packard and he were always ready to help.
    Bob Santoro
    Albany, New York

  16. Years ago , I had the pleasure of working with Fran on a shut down at the nuke plant . He was very competent and organised to the task . While others were sort of passing time , Fran took his work very serious and we were able to complete the projects on schedule .
    Years latter , we found out that Fran’s wife Pat is related to my wife Nancy . A warm lasting friendly relationship was established and we treasure the love and companionship that has endured.
    Nancy and I are sadden by the passing of Fran and send our condolences and love to Pat and the Carson Family.
    Don & Nancy Baptista
    South Scriba NY

  17. What a great man who brought so many great memories to all of us. I’d say a prayer for him but he’s already through the gates! Thoughts and prayers for his family.

  18. Uncle Fran you were the best uncle !!! I will never forget the times we had together. From the times I would be at the speedway to help you with your concession stand. Stopping by your store to get candy before I went to school.. I was so happy to see you and Aunt pat when you came to Florida. I admired you for your strength and determination to remove carpets . Making me Easter dinner when you were in so much pain. I love you and will miss you so very much.

  19. Sorry for your loss he was a great guy. The whole family was very warm and welcoming when I went to their house with Wayne pelow & my mom Jean Burke . I remember getting my first puppy ladyboy. He was a collie pats dog had puppies. Wish I could make but I’m in pembrok nh whating the farm 7 horse,5 goats5 dogs and other kites .please Give pat a Hug from me . hope to see her this summer xo

  20. I am so sorry for your loss. Fran and Carson’s were wonderful times as we grew up. What a great guy, happy smile and hard worker. We have such happy memories together at St.Paul’s and OCHS. The Hanley clan were a part of the Carson family. We will miss Fran but know he will let his presence be known in Heaven. Rest in Peace friend.

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