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Bill Carroll Passes

Published: May 20, 2020 11:16 am ET

Last Comment: May 22, 2020 8:23 pm ET | 2 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Standardbred horseman Forrest William 'Bill' Carroll, 85, passed away at his home in Pinebluff, NC on May 10, 2020.

A native of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada, Carroll was born on April 30, 1935. He was a horseman from day one and learned from his parents, Weldon and Isabel Carroll. Weldon was a longtime trainer for Clearview Stables, and Bill proudly followed in his father’s harness racing footsteps.

He moved to the United States to pursue his Standardbred aspirations and began working for famed trainer Sanders Russell. He later worked under the tutelage of Harry Whitney in Goshen while still in his teenage years.

Bill proudly cared for the famed pacer Hillsota, together they captured the inaugural American Pacing Classic at Hollywood Park in 1955.

He married his wife, Blanche, in 1959 in Bennettsville, SC. They had one son, William Carroll, in 1962.

Bill was a staple on the Brandywine and Liberty Bell circuit as a trainer. He set a track record with Bees Chief in 1968 in the Independance Pace and Denny Dee was named Pacer of the Year by the Cloverleaf SOA. He also served as a director for the PHHA for several years.

A true fan of harness racing, Bill avidly followed the sport in his later years and frequented the Pinehurst Harness Track. He is preceded in death by his parents, Weldon and Isabel, and his son, William. He is survived by his loving wife, Blanche.

Please join Standardbred Canada in offering condolences to the family and friends of Bill Carroll.

May 22, 2020 - 8:23 pmBlanche, deepest

John Findley SAID...

Blanche, deepest condolences.
Mary Jane & John.

May 20, 2020 - 8:24 pmMy condolences to the Carroll

My condolences to the Carroll family. RIP Bill.

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