John Carroll

John R. Carroll

Wednesday, December 1st, 1937 - Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020
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Age 82, passed away peacefully in Upper St. Clair, on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, surrounded by his family. He was the 1st baby born at Greene County Memorial Hospital on December 1st, 1937 to John & Cora Marie Ross Carroll in Waynesburg, PA. John graduated from Waynesburg Central High School and went on to attend Bowling Green University where he served 4 years in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. He was married to his beloved wife, Donna (Minor) for 57 years and they had two children John & Jeffrey which they raised in Upper St. Clair.
John’s entrepreneurial career started when he and his partner started Hangliter & Carroll Company, a confectionery brokerage based in Pittsburgh. He was a long-time broker for Goetz, Toostie Roll & Ferrara Pan candy companies. He contributed many significant innovations to the confectionery business and was considered a well-respected leader in the industry. John served 2 years as President of The Pittsburgh Candy Club and was one of the founding members of The National Confectioners Association. He retired in 2006 and was inducted into The National Candy Hall of Fame in 2008. Throughout his life John enjoyed bringing his family and friends together with his funny stories and larger-than-life personality. He was an avid golfer and achieved 7 holes-in-one throughout his lifetime. John had been a Steelers season ticket holder for over 50 years. Now the boys will carry on the tradition.
John is survived by his wife Donna, their children; John, his wife Halle and their children, Elli and Christopher; Jeff and his wife Emily. He was a beloved brother-in-law and uncle to his extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Cora Marie Carroll; brother Jim Carroll, and sister Jane (Carroll) Moore.
John will be forever in our hearts. At this time, the family will be having a private service and interment. A memorial service will be held to celebrate John’s life at Westminster Presbyterian Church at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests that a donation be made in the honor of John to the Alzheimer’s Association (, Washington City Mission (, or S.H.I.M. ( Please add or view tributes at

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John Pillar

Posted at 09:17pm
Dear Donna, John and Jeff, We are so sorry to learn of John's passing. We have such fond memories of John and of you all. Seeing John's smiling face brings smiles to our faces. We miss not being able to see you and personally tell you how we feel about John. Hopefully, we will meet again soon. Jane, John, and Sue Pillar

Karen Pillar

Posted at 03:02pm
Dear Donna, John, and Jeff, I am sending you all a lot of love at the passing of John. I have so many great memories from Berkshire Drive and your dad's warmth and humor. Your big yard and the tree in the corner anchoring all of our block parties, your dad bringing candy and treats to those summer rituals. The year of the school bus strike and your dad helped drive the neighborhood carpool to Johnson School. I hope you are also soothed by wonderful memories. I bet he loved being a grandparent. You were great neighbors and we were lucky to have that corner to grow up on. Love Karen Pillar

Sallie Stennett

Posted at 09:27am
So sorry to hear of this Donna and family. Our families had many good times with the Carroll’s over many years. My deepest sympathy to all of you.

Cindy Colbert

Posted at 03:15pm
Dear Donna, Our deepest sympathies to you and your sons.
The Carroll family will always be special to the Colbert family.
Hold on to all the wonderful memories of John. He will be missed.

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