Bruce M. Carlin, managing partner of regional firm Carlin, Charron & Rosen LLP, died of a heart attack on Oct. 2 at the age of 58.

Robert Charron and Larry Rosen, who co-founded CCR with Carlin in 1995, said that the firm's executive committee will choose a new managing partner within a short period of time.

"We will all miss Bruce as a partner and a leader," said Rosen. "His entrepreneurial spirit was surpassed only by his commitment to family and his generosity to the community."

Carlin, whose career in public accounting spanned nearly 35 years, served as chairman of the firm's executive committee and guided the CCR Advisory Group, a network of seven affiliated companies with 240 team members, to a position as one of the top-ranked firms in the nation and the largest in New England. CCR ranked No. 52 on Accounting Today's 2004 Top 100 Firms list, with fiscal 2003 revenue of $30 million, five offices and a total of 238 employees, including 15 partners.

Carlin was also instrumental in forming the Leading Edge Alliance, an association of 35 accounting firms throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2003, he was named Worcester Business Leader of the Year by the Worcester Business Journal.

Carlin, a Vietnam War combat veteran, also founded what is now known as the CCR Charitable Foundation Inc., which has raised more than $1.5 million for cancer and heart disease research. Donations in his honor can be made to the UMass Memorial Foundation.

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