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Richard Carbott, IHM Associate

Richard A. Carbott, 93 of Northville, Michigan reunited with his heavenly family on Feb. 15, 2023. Born on January 8, 1930, to the parents of Albert and Elizabeth (Bessie) Carbott, he was the youngest sibling of three boys and a lifetime resident of Michigan.

He is preceded in death by his late wife, Rosaline (Roz) in June 2021 and his first-born grandson Nicholas Carbott in August 2007. Richard is survived by his son Christopher, daughter Ruthanne and son-in-law Thomas Pawley, granddaughter Stephanie Conry and her husband Chadwick, grandson Gregory Carbott, and great-grandchildren Liam and Charles Conry.

After graduating from Cass Technical High School in 1948, he went to work for Dodge Main (Chrysler Motors). He worked in the “tool crib” until the workers decided to go on strike. He decided to quit and he and his buddy, Joe Bobovski, went to work for the J.L. Hudson’s department store. While Joe stayed on, Dad left and found a job at General Electric as a salesman, where he worked until he was called to serve in the U.S. Army in the Korean War in 1951. There he earned his Corporal stripes. He first worked in the Intelligence section for his unit’s HQ and ended up serving as the driver and aid to his unit’s Chaplain.

He climbed the famous Japanese icon, Mount Fujiyama and brought home the walking stick that saved his life from a fall down the mountainside. Nearly 30 years later, his son climbed that very same mountain and brought home his own walking stick. After returning home in 1953, he returned to work at GE and started taking night classes at the University of Detroit with the aid of the GI Bill. This would be where he would meet his sweetheart, Rosaline E. Cosentino. They were married on Nov. 24, 1956, at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan.

After nearly 30 years at GE, he retired but continued working at smaller local electrical companies. He and his wife were long-time parishioners of St. Kenneth Catholic Church of Plymouth, Michigan. It is here that he formed many long-time friendships. He was actively involved in church-related activities such as being a Lector, and Eucharistic Minister and volunteering at the Lenten fish fry dinners. He was also a part-time employee at the church in the maintenance department.

He was a dedicated 35-year retreatant at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat Center of Detroit, Michigan and a lifetime Associate Member and active supporter of the Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe, Michigan. He was most proud of his Maltese heritage and managed to visit Malta years ago. He carried a smile on his face almost every single day and many may even say he was a charmer!