Just Days Before He Died …
Weekends would generally find the Carvels at their home in Pine Plains. Tom loved to play golf on the course he built there. Journalist Joel Siegel wrote in Condé Nast’s Portfolio magazine (August 2008) that in October of 1990, Carvel arrived for the weekend. He was pre-occupied, because he heard that two of his long-time employees, corporate attorney Robert Davis and personal assistant Mildred Aracadipane, were scheming behind his back. Siegel indicates that Carvel may have intended to deal with the issue the following Monday.
He played a round of golf Saturday afternoon and went to bed that night and never woke up.
While Agnes Carvel was at the wake, attorney Robert Davis, who was also on the Carvel Foundation board, hired a locksmith to help him break into the Carvel home to search for the will.
In October 2009, Carvel’s niece Pamela Carvel filed court papers to have Carvel’s body exhumed and an autopsy performed, stating she suspected he was drugged or suffocated by employees whom Carvel suspected of embezzlement. Her petition was denied, and she later became a fugitive from justice in a personal bankruptcy case. She had been vying for control of his $67 million estate.
Final Resting Place:
280 Secor Road
Hartsdale, New York, 10530
Grave Location:St Paul, Plot 188, Grave 2
Grave Location Description
As you enter through the main gate St. Paul section is the open lawn area on the left as you approach the Ferncliff Mausoleum. Circle back around and park at the “Wik / Wefer” gray above-ground monument on the road (close to Secor Road). Walk to the left and three rows in and you will find Mr. and Mrs. Carvel resting together.
Grave Location GPS41.02660391, -73.8375925
Visiting The Grave:
Read More About Tom Carvel:
- Published Obituary
- Wikipedia Entry
- The history of Carvel Ice Cream
- Tom Carvel Estate: A Tale of Fortune, Fraud, Ice Cream and Murder?
- Fudgie the Whale, An Ice Cream Icon, Turns 40
- More history of Carvel Ice Cream
- Tom Carvel: Inventor, Innovator, American Icon and Ice Cream King
- Carvel ice cream heiress’s trip to bankruptcy court ends in sticky mess; judge seeks her arrest
- Was Tom Carvel Murdered?
- A tale of fortune, fraud, ice cream, and murder?