EDWIN LEE CARTER JR.
Edwin Lee Carter Jr., 92, longtime resident of Hawaii, dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, died peacefully April 4, 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was born in Los Angeles, California on September 18, 1925 to Edwin Lee Carter Sr. and Lillie Mai Gaskill Carter. He is survived by his cherished wife of 72 years, Shirley Norwood Carter, their five children Sherry (Hal) Teel, Sandy (Brian) Carter, Shelly (Kevin) Flint, Michael (Ellen) Carter and Ron Carter, twelve grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
Ed served in the Navy during WWII, joining right after high school graduation. After receiving his commission as an Ensign, he married the girl of his dreams. When WWII ended, Ed pursued his studies and received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, and, is a graduate of the Stanford-Sloan Program in Executive Management, Stanford University. After graduation he began a long and successful career in finance and accounting, starting in California with Arthur Anderson then moving on to Transamerica Corporation as Group Vice President before coming to Honolulu as Executive Vice President of Dillingham Corporation. After his retirement from Dillingham he served as Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bishop Trust.
Ed, a retired Naval Reserve Commander and prominent businessman, helped spearhead efforts to bring the battleship USS Missouri to Pearl Harbor in 1998 to rest alongside the USS Arizona as a historical icon and memorial to fallen comrades. He was a founding director and Chairman Emeritus of the USS Missouri Memorial Association.
Ed was a man of integrity and believed in actively giving back to his community through volunteer service. Some of his service to Hawaii included Board of Directors Bishop Museum, Member and past President Aloha Council Boy Scouts of America, member Naval Order of the United States, Chairman of the Board of Regents Chaminade University, and President of the Honolulu Rotary Club of Honolulu.
Ed also served as National Director and past National Vice President, past President Honolulu Council, past Pacific Region President, and member of the National and Honolulu Council Halls of Fame of the Navy League of the United States. He received the Meritorious Public Service award, the Superior Service award from the Secretary of the Navy, and the Battleship Missouri Memorial Distinguished award for his service.
Ed had a lifelong love for the Boy Scouts of America program and passed that on to his sons and grandsons. He received the Boy Scout Eagle award as a youth and was the recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the National Office of the Boy Scouts, the Silver Beaver award from the Aloha Council, and the Silver Antelope award from the Western Region. Ed received many other awards for his service to the community over the years, but he would tell you that his greatest reward came from successfully raising five children with his beautiful wife, and watching their family grow and thrive.
No public service is planned. Private interment is planned for Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
Donations in Ed’s honor may be made to the USS Missouri Memorial Association.
Arrangements Provided By: Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary LLC
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