Nigar Hale knew Carney for over twenty years, having frequented the tavern and getting to know the man so many have come to admire, herself included.
“I love Carneys, it’s the kind of place that has that ‘where everyone knows your name’ atmosphere, no matter what time of year,” said Hale.
One of the best things about Carney’s according to Hale (and not disputed by many) is the mahogany bar.
“Other places have tried to replicate it, but nobody has done it justice,” she said.
In 2008, Carney’s faced closure notices from the state because of septic issues, and Hale recalls that after that it seemed that Carney tried earnestly to keep the place going. Then a dear friend of his passed away, bartender Danny Ward.
“When Dan died, something went out of him, but he carried on,”she said. “We’re all going to miss him.”
Richard Doyle, president of the Burnt Hills Ballston Lake Business and Professional Association, knew Carney for several years and emphasized both Bob and Rosemary’s commitment to community.
“It was always Bob’s desire to give back to the community, period. I talk with a lot of people and they always want to know what they can get from something. Not Bob or Rosemary. Bob always said that if something was good for the community, he’d do whatever it was. He really liked people and being part of the community,” Doyle said.
“Carney’s is our Cheers in the hamlet, and Bob knew that,” Doyle said, echoing a sentiment held by many.
Every year in August, Ward and Carney would take a bicycle trip to Lake George to celebrate their birthdays, which were one day apart.
“Now they’re doing their bike rides together again,” said Rosemary.