FASNY Past President Edward A. Carpenter Jr. (2004-2006) died May 30 at the age of 70. Prior to being elected FASNY second vice president in 2000, Ed served as chairman of the Firefighter of the Year Committee for the prior 14 years. Ed was a current director of the FASNY Federal Credit Union and a current director of the FASNY Museum of Firefighting.
Ed joined the Hook & Ladder Company #1 of the Sayville Fire Department in 1962 and served as Chief of Department from 1979-1981.
Ed was a past president of the Southern New York Volunteer Firemen’s Association and the Suffolk County Volunteer Firemen’s Association. He served as a Sayville Fire District Commissioner and the Town of Islip Fire Chiefs Council. He was member of the Suffolk County Vocational Education and Extension Board, which oversees the Suffolk County Fire Academy.
Ed Carpenter’s roots in the fire service can be traced back to the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, where his great-great-grandfather served as a volunteer fireman and was issued his exempt papers in 1842. Edward Carpenter Sr. was the founder of the Fire Island Pines Fire Department and in 1959 served as the department’s first chief.
Ed Carpenter was a third-generation Long Islander. He graduated from Sayville High School, received his bachelor’s degree from Dowling University and his master’s from Adelphi University. Ed was a teacher at the William S. Mount School in the Three Village School District for 32 years.
Ed is survive by Sharon (Wakefield) Carpenter, his wife of 44 years, and his son by his son, Christopher, of Vail, Colo.