James J. Carr, 47, carpenter and construction foreman

July 26, 2006

James Joseph Carr, a construction foreman who loved the beach, died Saturday at Northwest Hospital Center after suffering a heart attack while driving. The Reisterstown resident was 47.

Mr. Carr was born in Baltimore and raised on St. Dunstans Road in Homeland. He was a 1977 graduate of Boys' Latin School and attended what is now Towson University.

After leaving college, Mr. Carr went to work for Frank Favazza & Son, where he became a master carpenter and received his early training as a construction foreman.

During the early 1980s, he established James J. Carr & Son, specializing in basement remodeling, additions, and decks. He later closed the business and became a construction foreman for Whiting Turner Contracting Co. and, most recently, for Turner Construction of Virginia.

"Jimmy loved the building trade and prided himself on his ability to get projects done on time by coordinating the many subcontractors involved," said his brother, Charles E. Carr of Randolph, N.J.

Mr. Carr enjoyed vacationing at Ocean City and helping coach his sons' lacrosse teams. He had recently started taking guitar lessons and was an avid golfer.

"He was a dreamer and loved to think of better ways to do things," his brother said. "He made a valiant attempt at designing a plastic attachment for a paint can that would allow one to pour and paint without dripping paint all over the can."

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, on Sacred Heart Lane in Glyndon.

Also surviving are his wife of 16 years, the former Michelle Brandt; three sons, J. Ryan Carr of Marriottsville, and James A. Carr and Brandon J. Carr, both of Reisterstown; a daughter, Candace M. Carr of Reisterstown; and three sisters, Kathleen Marie Beuttel of Naples, Fla., Mary Lee Carr of Timonium and Lisa A. Carr of Alexandria, Va. His marriage to Cara Moulds ended in divorce.

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