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Description: Captain Thomas Howard Carpenter III deathDate: January 7 1957
Newspaper published in: Wilmington
Page/Column: Sussex Deaths
CAPTAIN THOMAS HOWARD CARPENTER III
RETIRED PILOT & LEWES MAYOR
Lewes, Delaware, Monday, January 7, 1957: Wilmington News Journal
Captain John Howard Carpenter, III, retired Delaware River and Bay pilot, former
mayor of Lewes and bank official, died Saturday, January 5, at age 90 at the home of
his daughter, Mrs J. Reese White, Millsboro where he had been living since the death of his
wife in 1944.
Captain Carpenter was one of the last of the river pilots of the sailing vessel era and last of
ten pilots who owned the pilot schooner, Thomas Howard.
After retirement from the sea he was mayor of Lewes for two terms, 1940 to 1944.
He also was head Lewes Trust Company and remained vice chairman until recently.
In 1915, Thomas Howard Carpenter and C. C. Marshall organized the Lewes Amusement
Company which provided the moving picture house, the Auditorium Theater.
He is survived by his two daughters, Mrs Reese White and Mrs S. Chilton Roberts of
The Rt. Rev. Arthur McKinstry, former bishop, Episcopal Diocese, conducted the service
with the aid of Rev. Moon, and Rev Baker in the Lewes, St. Peters Episcopal Church
with burial in the church yard.
Honorary pallbearers were offices of the Pilots Association, Lewes Trust Company
directors, John G. Townsent, Jr., Doctors Beebe, Junior and Senior, Dr. G. V. Wood, Louis
Chambers, , Otis Smith and other Lewes pilots.