Carl was born in Lowell, MA on August 9, 1953; he was the cherished only son of the late Herbert and Doris J. (Croteau) Petzold. Carl was raised and educated in Chelmsford, MA and a graduate of Chelmsford High School with the Class of 1971.
Following graduation, Carl lived in North Carolina then North Chelmsford, where he met his good friend Dom. He then made his home with Karen in Tewksbury for several years until they recently moved to Haverhill with family. Carl loved to see new places and experience new things and no matter where he traveled or lived Carl always made countless friends.
Prior to his health forcing his retirement, Carl work as a Field Service Technician for the Lanar Company for many years. Carl’s work ethic, charming personality, and sense of humor made him a favorite amongst his peers.
Carl loved many things in life; family, friends, motorcycles, NASCAR, margarita’s, Jimmy Buffett because it is always 5 o’clock somewhere, and of course cigars. Carl was considered a “Cigar aficionado” amongst his family and friends; he would often spend time at “Mo’s Place” where he enjoyed Carl’s Cigar Bar and a good Margarita. Carl also looked forward to riding his Harley on the open road with friends and was a member of the Merrimack Valley Harley Davidson Club.
Carl had a vast knowledge of guns and he was very adamant about gun safety; he was a proud member of the National Rifle Association of America.
Carl looked forward to traveling; he was always up for a good time and he was a lot of fun; Carl along with his family and friends made memories wherever they went. Some of Carl’s more memorable trips were to North Carolina, Key West, Florida, Hawaii, Las Vegas, and the Dominican Republic, just to name a few but the most fun was had at Sandy Beach in Contoocook, New Hampshire. Carl spent many summers with the family at Sandy Beach; they were great times that will be remembered for years to come.
Carl will be fondly remembered for his unconditional love for his family and friends, for his Patriotism towards the country and its Veterans, and for his unselfish nature, he was always there to lend a hand whenever needed. Carl had a quirky sense of humor, he loved a good joke or prank, and always had a great “one liner”, his favorite being “I was better but I got over it”. Carl was a very sincere and loving person who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Carl was the beloved husband of Karen M. (Gagnon) Petzold, devoted father of Christopher M. Petzold & his wife Pam of Culpeper, VA, Carl R. Petzold, Jr. & his companion Brandy of Marshall, NC, and Timothy R. Palmer & his wife Jessica of Haverhill, MA, loving “Grandaddy” of F. Victor & William R. Petzold and Evelyn S. & Scarlett E. Palmer, cherished son of the late Herbert and Doris J. (Croteau) Petzold, dear brother of Karen A. Petzold of Chelmsford. Carl is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, friends, and all of whom meant so much to him.
Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, February 21st from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Carl’s memory may be made to the Local Heroes Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.