If Carl was known for anything, it was for putting others before himself. His 49 years as a volunteer fireman stand as a testament to that. During that time he thought nothing of risking life and limb to serve the communities of Riverton, Palmyra, Riverside and Delanco. Likewise, he was a dog lover and would do just about anything for his pooch. He swore he’d never own a pit bull, until his daughter brought one home. From there on the two of them were inseparable; no day was complete without a stroll through Swap Poodle with Lucci or working on his garden. More recently his granddaughter asked him to watch her new beagle until her home was ready for the pup…she never did get that dog back. But, not even his beloved canines came close to how he cared for his family. Whether it was working extra double shifts to help provide for them, going without so they could have the better things in life or even standing in line for hours to get a particular Cabbage Patch Doll there was never anything that he would not do for them.
While enjoying an evening out at The Castle in Riverside, Carl was introduced to a woman named Marlene (nee Berryann). His blue eyes won her over immediately, and, over time, she was able to get him to root for the Eagles instead of the Redskins. Together, they’d make their home Riverside and share 29 years of marriage. He is also survived by his children: Tina Norman of Riverside, James Hicks, Jr. (LaDawn) of TX and Jodie Szalma of Pennsauken, grandchildren: Mara, Jordan, Darilyn and Rylee and his brother, Chuck (Kim) of Riverton.
Come celebrate Carl’s 67 wonderful years (Aug. 2, 1946-Sept. 6, 2013) Tuesday from 7-9 PM and from 10 AM on Wednesday at the Sweeney Funeral Home, Riverside, where the service will follow at 11 AM Wednesday. Interment Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson. –