Longtime Chilmark resident Emmett Carroll dies



Marshall Emmett Carroll Jr. recently passed away. He was 77 years old. A graveside service was held Tuesday at Abel’s Hill Cemetery. A complete obituary is expected in the coming days. 

Carroll, who was known by his middle name, Emmett, leaves behind his wife, Kathie Carroll. He was father to Chilmark town administrator Tim Carroll, Chilmark finance committee member Marshall Carroll — joint proprietor of Menemsha Texaco with his wife Katie — and Chris Carroll of Edgartown.

In addition to his sons and daughter-in-law Katie, he leaves behind grandkids Bradley, Brooks, Oona, and Emme, as well as Tim’s partner Genc Brinja and Chris’s wife Kendra Buresch.

Carroll had a “beautiful send off at Abel’s Hill in a casket made by his three sons with contributions from all us,” Katie Carroll told The Times. Music at the service was performed by Ellen and Taurus Biskis, Issac Taylor, and Mark Alan Lovewell. Eulogies were given by select board member Warren Doty, former Police Chief Tim Rich, and shellfish constable Isaiah Scheffer. 

Longtime Chilmark building inspector Lenny Jason told The Times Carroll was a good friend who he’d known for decades. Jason said Carroll was a “good craftsman,” an “excellent carpenter,” and a skilled mason. 

“This guy could do anything,” he said.

Jason said he was especially fond of duck hunting with Carroll, but liked Carroll’s company in general. “I just enjoyed being with him,” he said.

A particular talent of Carroll’s was carving wooden ducks, Jason said. Carroll made both decorative pieces and functional decoys, Jason noted. Jason said he keeps one of Carroll’s decorative ducks at his desk in Chilmark Town Hall. He also said a decorative house wren Carroll carved is by the desk of town clerk Jennifer Christy.

Jason said Carroll was skilled at identifying various decoy makers by their work. 

“The day he went to the hospital, I was going to show him a bird,” he said. 


  1. I will miss seeing Emmett in Menemsha. Sincere condolences to his wife, and to Marshall, Katie and the family.

  2. If you could look up REAL ISLANDER in Websters dictionary you would see a picture of Emmett Carroll and a very long story of a good husband father and provider who loved his family Chilmark and his life God Bless you will be missed

  3. Tough to follow what Mr. Barnes so aptly has stated above. My deepest and most sincere condolences to the entire Carroll family.

  4. RIP Emmett. You were one of a kind — and always kind to me in your understated way. Even though you spoke in a quiet mumble, you were one of the funniest men I knew. My father loved you like a brother, you employed my own brother during some long ago summers, you were kind and patient with all of my dad’s kids (me included) when we were young, and we’ll never forget you. See you on the other side.

  5. Wayne and I sending our deepest sympathy to the whole Carroll family,
    We are very sad to hear of his passing me

  6. So saddened to read this. I always loved seeing Emmett sitting on his chair in the gas station and saying hello while I got my morning coffee before work. He was a very kind man and will be missed by many. Thinking of the whole Carroll clan, especially Marshall and Katie.

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