Somerville/Medford Remembering Carleton M. Vining, Sr.


Carleton M. Vining, Sr. of Somerville, passed away suddenly surrounded by his loving family on March 23, 2023. He was 77 years old.

Carl was a lifelong Somerville resident playing basketball at Somerville High, Salem State and at the local parks. He later coached a Men’s Softball team for many years and also the Somerville Pride Girls’ League grades 5-8 basketball for 17 years and continued to watch “his girls” as they progressed to High School.

His other passion, aside from his family, was fishing. Carl could talk fishing to anyone and everyone, and did! He was also known to be the nicest, most generous man who would do anything for everyone. You knew he really cared about you when he gave you one of his many nicknames.

He was the much beloved husband of 30 years to Jo Ann Goggin-Vining. Loving and loved father to Pamela and her husband, Jim of Salem, NH, Scott and his wife Krissy of Woburn, Jennifer and her husband Paul of Billerica, Carleton Vining Jr. of Somerville and Stepfather to Jason and his wife, Megan of Chicago. Grandfather of Nicholas, Gina, Carly, Phillip, Scotty, Jordan, Colette, Ryan and Ethan. Great grandfather of Ava, Atlas, Gianna, and Jack. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held at the George L. Doherty Funeral Home, 855 Broadway, Somerville, MA on Tuesday, March 28th from 2:00-6:00 P.M. Relatives and friends invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society at

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