Besides his church work, his daughter said, he was a tenor in Academy of Music performances of the Quaker City Chorus Barbershop Quartet.
Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Carson grew up in Fishtown, graduated from Northeast High School in 1951, and lived for much of his married life in Kensington.
He graduated from the Pennco Wireless Technical Institute in Philadelphia and began his career with Burroughs Corp., a predecessor of Unisys.
He was a microwave radio repairman for the Army Signal Corps from 1956 to 1959, and for a time was stationed in West Germany.
"When he got out of the Army, he went back" to Burroughs, his daughter said, and when he retired from Unisys after 35 years, "it was the only place he worked."
On prototypes of computer and mail sorting systems, she said, "he would run tests and work out the bugs on them."
And he was enthusiastic about visiting lighthouses on his travels.
"My dad loved lighthouses," his daughter said, and would search them out, "in Bermuda, Hawaii, Nova Scotia, Alaska."
Besides his daughter and son, Mr. Carson is survived by son Thomas J., six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His wife, Janice, died in 2003.
A viewing was set from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 19, at the Farnelli Funeral Home, 504 N. Main St., Williamstown, before an 11 a.m. funeral service there, followed by private burial.
Donations may be made to www.lighthousepreservation.org.
Condolences may be offered to the family at www.farnellifuneralhome.com.
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