Carl Briscoe was a lifetime military man who guided the city and his friends and family with his honest, direct and no nonsense approach.

Briscoe, a retired brigadier general with the New Jersey Army National Guard, died July 27 at his home in Atlantic City. The longtime city resident was 89.

Briscoe joined the N.J. Army National Guard on March 1, 1948. He advanced to the rank of brigadier general in 1979. He also served for two years in the Virgin Islands and worked with the U.S. Department of Defense.

He retired from the military in 1983 and quickly transitioned to public service when he became the business administrator of Atlantic City.

He served the city as business administrator through the term of Mayor James Usry which ran from 1984 to 1990, said state Sen. Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic, who served on City Council during that time.

"I remember he brought a military background to the position in terms of raising expectations of the performance of city employees," he said. "He was very much the guardian of the pocketbook of the city. He was very fiscally sound and solid in terms of eliminating waste and things of that nature."

Briscoe's daughter Vianna Briscoe said her father was known for helping balance the city's budget while he served as the business manager after years of overspending.

"He wanted to help change Atlantic City for the better, He enjoyed working with the people in Atlantic City. That's where he was born and raised," she said. "My father was a no-nonsense person. He was very direct and told everyone what he was expecting from them."

Briscoe and his wife, Lorraine, had four children, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Vianna Briscoe said her father was a very active and loving mentor to all of his family members.

"He raised us to believe there was nothing we couldn't accomplish," she said. "He made sure we all went to college. And he wanted all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren to go to college. That was what he was all about."

Carletta Briscoe, the oldest of four children, said her father also extended his help to people in the community who would often seek his advice on different matters.

"If they had a problem, they would confer with him," she said. "He would always give them good advice."

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Carl Briscoe services

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Monica's Roman Catholic Church, 108 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Atlantic City. Burial will follow at the Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery in Estell Manor.

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