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Stevenson Carroll Sill Jr., known affectionately to all as Carroll to his friends and family, passed away peacefully on February 5th at Mercy Hospital in his hometown of Baltimore, MD, after battling chronic infection from an aortic aneurysm. Born on August 25, 1935, he was the son of Stevenson C. Sill Sr. and Lavenia M. Sill of Baltimore, both now deceased. He was predeceased by his sister Jeanette Sill.
Carroll's early years were marked by a steadfast dedication to education, culminating in his graduation from Baltimore Polytechnic. His early jobs were as an award-winning paper boy at the News American, then a stint at Price’s Dairy where he learned everything about the business, and then on to Western Auto where he quickly worked his way up to store manager. But his greatest professional accomplishments came during his 30-year run as franchise owner of the Aamco Transmission location at Howard & 26th Street in Baltimore, which he built into one of the top-performing Aamcos in the country.
His commitment to service was evident as he honorably served in the United States Army Reserve and the Maryland Army National Guard from 1957 to 1963, a period that helped shape the man he would become. During his time in the armed forces, he achieved military qualifications as a Sharpshooter (Rifle), 2nd Cl Gunner (MG cal .30), and was decorated as a Marksman (Rifle), rising to the rank of Sergeant in the HHC of the Maryland ARNG 121st Engineer Battalion.
After his military service, Carroll's professional life was characterized by a strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit. From Western Auto to Aamco Transmissions, he spent his life helping others get their vehicles back on the road. He was known for fair and honest business practices and consistently ‘went the extra mile’ to ensure the satisfaction of his customers.
Above all, Carroll was a family man, wholly dedicated to his beloved wife, Shirley, and their children, his daughters-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He modeled for them values of generosity, selflessness, and intelligence—qualities that he himself embodied in every aspect of his life. Carroll's love for his family was the compass that guided him, and their well-being was his highest priority.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Shirley Frances Sill, and their sons S. Mark Sill, S. Brian Sill, David C. Sill and daughter-in-law Laura J. Sill, son Keith W. Sill and daughter-in-law Nancy B. Sill, son Paul M. Sill, and daughter Mary Kathleen ‘Kate’ Sill; grandchildren Keaton Rae Sill, Tara Holiday Sill, S. Zachary Sill, Victoria Renee Sill, Perry Michael Sill, and Garrett Matthew Sill; and great- grandchildren Mackenzie Rae Simmons, Rory Phillip Dutton, and Nico Michael Alascia.
In honoring Carroll's memory, we celebrate the quiet impact of a life well-lived. His was a journey not of grandiose exploits but of consistent, everyday acts of kindness and devotion. His legacy is one of unwavering commitment to his family, his work, and his community. We will miss him deeply every day-- but his spirit and our happy memories will continue to inspire and guide us in the years to come.
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