Edward Joseph Carroll III, age 70, of Old Greenwich, CT, loving husband of Jill Roina Carroll, suddenly passed on Saturday, February 12, 2022, while enjoying his life-long passion, riding motorcycles, especially his Harley-Davidson.
Ed was born on May 22, 1951, in Syracuse, NY, to the late John and Ann Carroll. At age 9 Ed moved with his family to Old Greenwich, where he lived for most of the rest of his life. He attended Riverside Elementary School, Eastern Junior High School, Greenwich High School, and St. Mary’s. He took his then girlfriend, Jill Roina, to the GHS Senior Prom, and they have been together ever since, having married on July 21,1973.
After college at the University of Hartford, Ed started on his work career that included a multitude of business sectors. His insatiable curiosity, abundant talent, and ability to connect with people took him from being owner of The Cheese Shop in Huntington, NY (he had worked for the Cheese Shop on Greenwich Avenue while in high school), to partnering with his brother Tom in The Cheese Shop in Ridgefield, CT, to working as a stock broker in New York City and in Greenwich (Janney, Montgomery, Shearson and Citi). Ultimately, never being accused of being “the boring guy,” he returned once again to owning and operating his own business, and The Handy Gentleman was born, and along with it, the birth of many of his happiest times.
Ed’s family has always been foremost in his heart, and he so loved his six grandchildren, Olivia, Ed, Cassie, David, Scarlet and Jaxson, his four loving children, and his beloved wife, Jill Roina Carroll, without whom his beautiful family would have never been possible.
(*There were also a lot of dogs and cats who loved him throughout the years, and we would be remiss if we did not call attention to this… he actually brought one of his family’s dogs back from the dead with mouth to mouth resuscitation. He always charged forward and never said die.)
Ed’s parents predeceased him in 1996, and his older brother, John Ward Carroll, Jr., passed in 2012.
Ed leaves behind so many of his loving family and friends, all of whom are devastated by his passing and who feel so blessed to have had him in their lives. All will keep him in their hearts forever. These include his beloved wife of 49 years, Jill Roina Carroll, son Edward (Lauren) Carroll Jr, of Old Greenwich, CT, son Peter (Annette) Carroll, son Jack (Sarah) Carroll and daughter Elizabeth (Dave) Morrison, all of Placerville, CA. He also is survived by his sister, Bridget Snyder, of Riverside, CT, and his brother, Thomas FitzGerald Carroll, of West Haven, CT. Ed is also survived by his lifelong best friend, Peter Benedict, and his loving sister-in-law, Jan Roina Benedict (Jill’s twin sister), of Greenwich, CT.
We all grieve his passing, and celebrate his wonderful and extraordinary life.
Donations, if desired, may be made to Friends of Greenwich Point, one of Ed’s favorite places on earth.
A celebration of his life was celebrated at the Greenwich Botanical Gardens.