Louis Joseph Carcich Somerset
Louis Carcich passed away Friday January 28, 2022 following a brief illness. He was 81 years old. A 55-year Somerset resident, Mr. Carcich taught History at Sayreville War Memorial High School for over 25 years. During this time he coached cross country and basketball, but was best known as a respected baseball umpire throughout Somerset and Middlesex counties.
Mr. Carcich was a long-time parishioner at St. Matthias Catholic Church in Somerset. He served the parish community as a Eucharistic Minister and a lector, and was actively engaged with Marriage Encounter for forty-seven years.
Born in Jersey City and raised in West New York, Mr. Carcich graduated from St. Joseph’s High School and from William Patterson College with a bachelor’s degree in education. During his school years he excelled in basketball and baseball. His baseball career continued after college in a New Jersey semi-professional league. He later switched to softball, where he played weekly into his sixth decade.
Prior to arriving in Sayreville, Mr. Carcich began his teaching career at Fort Lee High School, where he also coached football. Following thirty years of sharing his love of American history with his students, Mr. Carcich worked as a Consultant for Newsweek magazine. When not entertaining his family with his accordion, Lou enjoyed visiting Civil War battlefields and closely following the Rangers, Giants, and his beloved Mets.
He is survived by Barbara, his wife of fifty-eight years, along with their three children, Linda (Lavelle) and her husband William, Christopher and his wife Jennifer, and Kevin and his wife Debbie. He is also survived by his six grandchildren, William and Olivia Lavelle, Mason, Greydon, Rose, and Julia. Visitations will be Wednesday February 2, from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Services begin Thursday, February 3, at 9:15 at the funeral home followed by a 10 AM Requiem Mass at St. Matthias Catholic Church. The mass will streamed on the St. Matthias youtube channel. The Rite of Committal will follow at Resurrection Mausoleum in Piscataway. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Mr. Carcich’s name to Wounded Warriors Family Support (www.wwfs.org).