Obituary for Paul Webster Carrington
October 23, 2002
Paul Webster Carrington, 97, a Carson City resident for many years, died Sept., 20, 2002, in Carson City. He was born April 4, 1905, in Sacramento, Calif., to Dr. Paul Tulane and Sarah Webster Carrington.
He married Edme H. Peterson Nov. 29, 1928, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Carson City. Upon his retirement, they returned to Carson City and lived in her family home, the Krebs-Peterson home on Mountain Street. They were married almost 74 years.
In 1927, he joined the sales department of Great Western Power Co., which merged in 1930 with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. He became manager of the PG&E Dixon area in 1948 until 1950, at which time he left to become the supervisor of the Residential Sales Division of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. He retired on July 31, 1970. He was a registered professional engineer with the state of California.
He loved trains. In 1930, he became a fireman on the V&T Railroad, stoking steam engines with oil. He then became a weekend relief engineer with the V&T. Prior to his death, he donated his extensive collection of railroad memorabilia to the Nevada State Railroad Museum and to the Northern Nevada Railroad Foundation. He was a member of the Pacific Coast Chapter of the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society.
He served on the North Sacramento City Council, was vice mayor of the city of North Sacramento, president of the Northern California Division of the League of California Cities and a member of the North Sacramento School District Personnel Commission. He was a member of the Carson-Tahoe Area Transportation Commission, the civilian input committee of Nevada’s Railroad Plan, the Carson City Budget Committee and served on the Carson City Board of Equalization. He was the founding president of the Carson City West Side Neighborhood Protective Association.
He was initiated into the Masonic Order in 1937 and became a master of the Sacramento Three Pillars Lodge in 1949. He was president of the masters and wardens and on the board of trustees and a recipient of the Masonic Hiram Award. He became a chapter member of the Edward C. Peterson Commandry No. 8 Knights Templar of Carson City. He was a member of the Carson City Rotary Club and was named a Paul Harris Fellow in 1981 and 1985.
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He served in the U.S. Army for three years during World War II. He retired as a lieutenant colonel and received the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Among his survivors are his sister-in-law Ruth Hatcher Carrington of Richmond, Calif., and numerous nieces and nephews.
At his request no service will be held and his ashes will be scattered along his favorite section of the railroad between California and Nevada.
FitzHenry’s Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
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