DiCicco & Sons Funeral Homes

5975 Mayfield Road, Mayfield Heights, OH


David D. Carr

November 29, 1933August 1, 2019
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DAVID D. CARR. On Wednesday, August 1, 2019 David D. Carr, beloved husband of the late Carole A. Carr, passed away at age 85. David was born on November 29, 1933 to the late Harry and Marie Carr. He was the dear father of Cathy Merckens and David M. Carr (Angela); grandfather of Samantha and Charlotte Merckens, and Joseph, Justin and Michael Carr; great-grandfather of James Merckens; and devoted friend of Carole Keating. David was the brother of Lois, Phyllis and Carolyn Carr, who are deceased. David was a US Army veteran stationed in Alaska during the Korean War. After attending John Carroll University, David began a lifelong career at Brennan Industries in 1959 when he joined the company as its second employee. In 1973, he became President of Brennan Industries. He transitioned to Chief Executive Officer in 2008 after appointing his son, Dave M. Carr, as President. Brennan Industries grew into a global corporation with distributors in 50 states and locations worldwide. David was an ardent supporter of education and healthcare. He served on the Board of Trustees at Gilmour Academy for more than four decades, including terms as Chair of the Development Committee, Vice President of the Gilmour Academy Corporation and, at the time of his death, President of the Gilmour Academy Corporation. In addition to Gilmour, his philanthropy included Cuyahoga Community College and University Hospitals of Cleveland, for which he hosted extravagant benefits at his home in Hunting Valley. After becoming a licensed pyrotechnician, most of these evenings ended with an elaborate fireworks display under his direction. A funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at Our Lady Chapel at Gilmour Academy (2045 SOM Center Road, Gates Mills, Ohio) at 10 a.m. Interment Lake View Cemetery. The family will receive friends at THE DiCICCO AND SONS FUNERAL HOME 5975 Mayfield Road, Mayfield Heights, Ohio on Monday August 5 from 1-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Gilmour Academy, 34001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills, Ohio 44040 or University Hospitals of Cleveland, 11100 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106. Online condolences and guest registry www.diciccoandsonsfh.com


  • Gilmour Academy
  • University Hospitals of Cleveland


  • Visitation Monday, August 5, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, August 5, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, August 6, 2019
  • Interment Tuesday, August 6, 2019


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Marcia Smith

August 6, 2019

My Condolences to David Carr and his wife Angie Carr and their son

tom zenty

August 6, 2019

david and family, as you know I had fond memories of spending special times together with my mom, carole and your father. we spent so many holidays together and I was always honored to be invited and join you and your family for so many great events. your father always had interesting perspectives that he was more than willing to share and I especially enjoyed having conversations with him about so many different topics. we are seeing the passing of the greatest generation and your father certainly was part of this generation that the world may never see again. it was a privilege knowing him. I know this is a difficult time for you and your family. I had to be in Columbus for the past two days, I literally just returned, and I apologize that I could not be at the services. I will call in a week or so to check in and see how you and your family are doing. tom

Sheila & Jennifer Wyse

August 6, 2019

David & Carol Carr ,

My husband Marc Wyse , myself and our daughter Jennifer- lived right around the corner in Hunting Valley.
We were good friends and neighbors .

Some examples...

David loved my turkey dinners ,
sooo much-
I would cook “Xmas in July “ turkey dinners served on our screened in porch on beautiful summer nites
Such fun- delightful
one night - I asked Marc to put on music & Celine Dion was singing
Oh Holy Night !?!

And... We had a small
Puppy dog “ Blossom” they loved .

Also an indoor pool -
So Carol and I did lots of water aerobics in cold weather .
The Carr’s had an outdoor pool for summer swimming-
Sooo- Our daughter- Jennifer learned to swim VERY YOUNG❗️
And they called her “ Fish”
Jennifer is now 33 years old!?

from fireworks in summer to live reindeer for Xmas .
I Remember the early days David started lighting fireworks after a small gathering at a backyard barbecue
This evolved - thru the years- to
Phenomenal “ one of a kind” - over the top parties
Almost indescribable ❗️😊
How grateful and blessed we feel to have
Been able to share joyous times together

David was so kind and generous in spirit as well .
There beautiful home was ALWAYS open - To his WONDERFUL FAMILY & friends!

David was a brilliant business man -
And extremely generous & happy about sharing his success with others ❗️
Lovingly with dear family , friends -
AS WELL AS - MANY charitable organizations ❗️

And... Always with a smile on his handsome face- happily so 😊
David & Carol were quite a team.

We will ALWAYS gratefully treasure those many multiple, priceless moments together ❗️

Carol & David are now at peace
With God’s Blessings 🙏🏻

To the Carr family-
Our sincere, heartfelt condolences 😔
And prayers .
In fondness and friendship
Sent with love & hugs ❤️
Sheila & Marc ( deceased) and
Jennifer Wyse & Spencer Gerber

Jerry Sue Thornton

August 4, 2019

Walter and I loved David and Carole very much and will miss them greatly. We were privileged to share many wonderful times with them and have outstanding memories that we will cherish. David was a true humanitarian who added much to people and our community. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather! A successful business leader who cared about his employees, David was committed to success. He was committed to education and health care for all. He will be missed!!
Walter and Jerry Sue Thornton

Bill Jarrell

August 4, 2019

David was a true gentleman's gentlemen. I have an immense amount of respect for him as he taught me a great deal about business, but more importantly about life.
It was my privilege to spend many hours alone with him playing his favorite card game...Gin. He was the all time Grand Champion of that game! During those games and in his own quiet, unique way he'd tell me how much he loved his family and how proud he was of his son David, daughter Cathy, daughter-in-law Angela, his grandkids and great grandson!
I will deeply miss him and he'll remain in my prayers forever.
Dave, Angela, Cathy and kids...my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this very difficult time.

tim merckens

August 4, 2019

I recently saw a program on PBS about Teddy Roosevelt. It said a NYC police captain told Teddy Roosevelt's sister, Corrine, two days after Teddy died "Do you remember the fun of him? It was not only that he was a great man, but, oh, there was such fun being led by him". Dave was also such a man. Those who were fortunate enough to be led by Dave as he built Brennan Industries will look back fondly at the experience. He touched many lives and will surely be missed. Rest in peace, Dave.


August 3, 2019

David was a dear friend to many and a generous and kind to all of his friends
His parties and His firework displays will never be forgotten
My condolences to his family.
Love Shelly Balloon