Carl A. Awed, age 98

of Quincy

Carl A. Awed, age 98

Carl A. Awed, age 98, a longtime Quincy resident, died peacefully, Tuesday, December 26, 2023 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, surrounded by his loving family.

Carl was born in Highland Park, Michigan, to the late Abraham and Beatrice (Zaploski) Awed. As a young child, he moved to Quincy, where he was raised and educated. Carl graduated from Quincy High School, Class of 1946, after returning from World War II where he served in the U.S. Navy as a Pharmacist’s Mate 3/c.

He went on to graduate from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and began his career as a pharmacist. He became the owner of two drug stores, the former Savin Hill Pharmacy in Dorchester, and the former Neighborhood Pharmacy in Wollaston. Carl later transitioned into the nursing home industry and was the owner, for over thirty years, of the former Presidential Nursing Home in Quincy, the Resthaven Home in Medford, and the Kristen Beth Nursing Home in New Bedford.

After retirement, Carl remained active and enjoyed gardening, painting, and refinishing furniture. He spent numerous hours perfecting his Japanese garden and maintaining a meticulous yard. He also loved playing cards with family and friends, especially poker and backgammon. Not only an avid Boston sports fan, Carl himself bowled, golfed, skied, and played tennis until late in his life. He was a sharp dresser and always the best dancer at every family wedding.

Most of all, Carl was devoted to his family, his dear wife, Irene, his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, supporting all their many interests, activities, and accomplishments. He was fortunate to be the beloved husband for seventy-three years of Irene C. (Aristide) Awed with whom he shared an adventurous spirit. He fell in love with her beautiful blue eyes in high school, and together they traveled the world sharing numerous cultural experiences, including making unforgettable memories at their home in Jamaica.

Devoted father of Mark A. Awed and his wife Kathleen of Worcester, Carl A. Awed, Jr. of Quincy, Scott M. Awed and his wife Linda of Quincy, Alison L. Djerf of Quincy, Adam Awed, Kristen Awed-Ladas and her husband Mark of Quincy, and the late Carlene P. Awed.

Loving Papa of sixteen and great grandfather of fourteen.

Carl is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Thursday, December 28, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Funeral Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday, December 29, at 10 a.m. Interment, with military honors, to follow at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Carl’s memory may be made to Quincy Veterans Services, 24 High School Avenue, Quincy, MA 02169.


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  • Many memories to keep close to our hearts.
    My condolences to the family ❤️🙏

  • Scott & Linda,
    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. He seemed to live life to the fullest! May the memories of him always keep you smiling.

  • The Ladas family sends their heartfelt condolences. Carl was a wonderful person and will be sorely missed.

  • We’ll miss you Uncle Carl! You were truly one of a kind. Your work ethic and generosity were always something to behold. We are all going to miss you terribly.


  • To my good friend Carl I’m saddened by your loss . To the Awed family we will miss him it wont be the same driving by the house to see his beautiful lawn. Carl may you rest in peace brother thank you for you service to our county and community
    George Bouchard
    Quincy Veterans Services

  • Mr Awed was a kind and thoughtful man he treated Joe, Kyle and I as part of the family
    he is someone we will never forget

    I know he will be greatly missed by all of you .
    lots of love , 🙏

  • My deepest sympathy to the Awed family. I am so sorry for your loss. Always a big smile and endless energy. Carl was an inspiration to all who met him. Sending love and prayers to you all.🙏🏻

  • Dear Uncle Carl. We will forever miss your motivation, dedication, and inspiring work ethic. You have taught us so many valuable lessons in life. We will miss you dearly. May you rest in peace. Love, Phil, Estrella, Kendra and Kyle. 🙏

  • To the Awed Family
    Your Dad will always have a special place in my heart. He was such a wonderful person. Always smiling, going at a hundred miles a minute ,snd always dressed to the nines . He had a beautiful crop of snow white hair that was accentuated by a tan that he had year round as he loved being in the sun. When driving by the house you would always see “Mr Awed” outside tending to the lawn, flowers,etc, He had a distinct voice and you always knew when Mr. Awed” was in the building (the Presidental). He was always greeted by my mother with a big kiss and no matter how busy he was he would always stop and talk to her. She had fond memories of your dad
    My thoughts and prayers are with your family
    Tina Wilkinson

  • May Bog Carl care for His Garden in the Heavens.
    Rest in peace. Love to Awed family

  • I have known Mr. Awed for at least 40 years and will always remember his love of his family, his positive attitude and his hard work ethic. I am glad I had the chance to visit him and Mrs. Awed at a family party this past summer to see how proud they were of their family and I was very touched that he called me recently on his 98th birthday just to say hello. I was amazed that he was still climbing ladders and painting things or doing repairs into his 90s. I know he will be greatly missed by his beloved wife Irene and many children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and other relatives and friends. He was truly a member of the greatest generation and one of the few remaining Americans who served during World War II.

  • God blessing to this wonderful family Papa I called him was one of the most amazing Man I have ever met .His partner Nana complimented him beautifully I feel honored to have known him my deepest condolences to this wonderful family Carl you were blessed to have him for 98 years

  • I happened upon Linda’s post on FB otherwise I wouldn’t know of Mr. Awed’s passing. My brother usually lets me know about Quincy events since I live in Atlanta.

    May Mr. Awed’s memory be a blessing. Thinking of you all during this time. XO

  • Dear Mark & Kathleen,

    My deepest condolences to a great man. What a great life he had. Many many accomplishments.. He lived life to the fullest. God bless🙏 RIP

    Linda Rennicks