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Pete Carmichael, Sr. and his wife Elaine of Mendon. Carmichael Family photo

Mendon's Carmichael Remembered as a Great Coach, Family
Every day, Pete Carmichael would call his son, Pete Jr., to talk football or ask how his kids were doing. But the phone isn't ringing anymore, and it's left the younger Carmichael with a simple wish.
"I'd take one more phone call," he said. "Just one more phone call."
Pete Carmichael passed away two weeks ago at the age of 74. The Mendon resident spent 40 years coaching football, including a decade working as an assistant in the NFL with the Jaguars, Browns, and Bears. A native of New Jersey, his first coaching gig was in 1965 at the Virginia Military Institute. He worked his way through the college ranks, coaching at eight different schools, including UNH, Tufts, and Boston College. It was at the latter school where Pete Jr. had some of his fondest football related memories growing up.
"He was at BC from the time I was 10 right through high school and I remember the experience of being a kid in that locker room, being at the Miracle in Miami, going to the bowl games," Pete Jr. said. 
The experience would help shape him as a player — he played his college ball at BC — as well as his career path. Carmichael went into coaching and is now the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints.
"The thing I always took from him was the way he cared for his players and seeing the way they responded to him. It's maybe the most important thing I learned growing up," he said. "He didn't just care about them as football players, he took an interest in their lives, their kids, their families, everything about them."
Carmichael felt his father's influence both on and off the field. "He was such a positive role model in the way he handled himself, how he put other people's concerns above his own," Pete Jr. said. "As a father, he wanted to make sure we had everything we needed, it was more about us than about him. As a coach, he was so passionate about the game. He loved everything about it. He didn't care who you were or what level he was coaching at, he just had fun doing it. He did it for all the right reasons."
Ask Pete Jr. about his favorite memories of his dad, and many of them came away from the gridiron. He recalled the traveling he did as a kid, visiting all of the 48 lower states and doing everything from catching a Dodgers' game in L.A. to white water rafting in Wyoming. 
In his later years, Pete Carmichael's primary interest was his 10 grandchildren. He is survived by them as well as his daughter Layni, a Holliston resident, a daughter Kathy, who lives in Shrewsbury, and his wife of nearly 50 years, Elaine, who lives in Mendon. Pete Jr. said dozens of former players, their families, and other people his dad influenced over the years have reached out since his passing.
"It's an unfortunate circumstance for him passing away," he said. "Yet all the people who have called myself or my mother or my sisters with the same message about how he made an impact on their lives, how he made an impact on them as football players or teaching them how to be a good father, a good husband.
"It speaks volumes," he added.
A memorial mass for Pete Carmichael will be held on Friday, April 1 at 1 p.m. at St. Mary's Church of Holliston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center, Friends of Holliston Football, or Shrewsbury Youth Football.




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