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Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on June 9, 2024, at the age of 82.
Carroll is survived by his wife of 52 years, Tina Thomas; children, Melissa E. (Richard) Backus and Brian A. (Annette) Thomas; his mother, Marie R. Thomas; grandchildren, Connor T. Thomas, Leo Backus, Nolan Backus, Lillianna Thomas, Angelia Thomas and Tristan Thomas; sister, Jo-Anne E. (Vanni) Vanin; sister-in-law, Barbara Hohman; brother-in-laws, Robert (Gail) Hohman, Jim Hohman and Greg (Deb) Hohman; nieces & nephews, Nino, Francesca, Emily, Christopher, and Kelly; and many dear friends. Carroll is predeceased by his father, Carroll T. Thomas, Sr.; niece, Stefania E. Vanin; and brother-in-law, Michael Hohman.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 17, 1941, Carroll attended high school at the highly distinguished Boston Latin School. He graduated from Springfield College in 1963 where he became a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Carroll also completed graduate courses at Syracuse University and SUNY Brockport. Carroll worked at the Jersey City YMCA as an Assistant Physical Director until 1966, when he moved to Rochester, NY and took a position at the Downtown Rochester YMCA. After moving to Rochester, he met his wife, Tina, and they married in 1971 and spent 52 years together in Henrietta, NY raising their two children. In 1970, Carroll started his teaching career with the Rochester City School District where he taught Physical Education for 31 years. Carroll was a certified NCAA Swim Official and he officiated, refereed, and started hundreds of high school and college swimming and diving meets over 50 years; including being named Meet Referee at numerous major swim championships. Until his retirement, Carroll was actively involved in the Monroe County Chapter of NYSCSO holding various leadership positions. In 2010, Carroll was inducted into the Section V Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame for his contributions to the sport.

Carroll was a lover of classical and jazz music and regularly attended events and festivals throughout the region including Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra concerts and the Rochester International Jazz Festival. His favorite musician by far, was his son Brian, who he loved to talk about when an opportunity presented itself. In addition to music, Carroll enjoyed watching his favorite sports teams (Bills and Celtics) and was a Buffalo Bills season ticket holder for 30+ years attending many games with Tina, Melissa, and Brian. One of the greatest loves of his life were his six grandchildren who brought him great joy.

Friends may call on WEDNESDAY June 19, 2024 from 4 – 7 PM at Miller Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. (3325 Winton Road South). CLICK HERE for a map to the funeral home.

Carroll’s Memorial Service will take place on THURSDAY June 20, 2024 at 10 AM in The Interfaith Chapel of the funeral home. For those unable to attend in person, please CLICK HERE to Livestream the service.

A procession will follow to Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (CLICK HERE to donate online) or the Wilmot Cancer Institute (CLICK HERE to donate online) in Carroll’s memory.

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