Mr. Carleton "Carl" W. Berry, Jr., of Waltham and St. Petersburg, Florida died Friday, February 11, 2022 at BayFront Health Medical Center in St. Petersburg. He was 77.
Carleton was born in Newton on August 11, 1944 to the late Mary C. (Dawson) and Carleton W. Berry, Sr. Raised in Waltham, he was a graduate of Waltham High School and went on to serve with the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.
After his discharge from the Navy, he joined the Billerica Police Department as a night shift patrolman while, during the day, running the family business, C.W. Berry Movers in Waltham. Always hardworking and always active, Carleton later became a general contractor in the greater Boston area.
When he wasn't working on one of his projects he could often be found tinkering in the garage on various cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, and more— as long as it was 'loud and fast,' he could fix it, build it, and perfect it.
He always had a love of the outdoors and being on the open ocean. He was an accomplished mariner and avid offshore boat racer throughout the eighties. In 1987, he fulfilled his dream of achieving the highest speed in the World Power Boat Racing competition in Florida.
Carl was larger than life and loved by many. He leaves behind his children, Cynthia A. Berry of Henderson, Nevada, Tanya A. Berry of Methuen, Carleton W. Berry III of Billerica, and Jonathan A, Berry of Henderson, Nevada; his grandchildren, Carleton W. Berry IV, Cassandra A. Berry, Kimberly J. Berry, and Cora J. Berry; and his sister and brother, Caroline B. Perry of Sandwich and Thomas A. Berry of Las Vegas Nevada.
He was also the brother of the late Shirley Bettosi.
Family and friends will honor and remember Carleton's life by gathering for calling hours on Friday, March 4th from 4 to 7 p.m. in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20) Waltham and again on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. when his funeral service will be held. Burial with military honors will follow in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham.