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Edward J. Carey, Jr.
SCARBOROUGH -- Edward J. Carey, Jr., 94, of Scarborough, formerly of Rumford, died on Feb. 27, 2011, at Seaside Nursing Home in Portland.
He lived in the Rumford/Mexico area for 76 years and in Scarborough for 18 years.
Edward was born in Rumford on June 2, 1916, the son of Edward J. and Bessie Skillin Carey Sr. He grew up in Mexico and where he graduated from Mexico High School in 1934.
Following high school, Mr. Carey began his career as a paper worker at the Oxford Paper Company of Rumford. His work at the mill was interrupted from 1942 through 1945 while he proudly served with the Army during World War II.
Edward served with the Armored Division as a member of the 8th Army Infantry Division in the European Theater of Operation. He earned the rank of Staff Sargent and received the following decorations and citations: European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal; American Campaign Medal; Good Conduct Medal; World War II Victory Medal.
Following the war he returned to Rumford and resumed working at the mill. He retired from Bosse Cascade in 1981 after 47 years of service, at age 65.
He was a member of the 25 Year Club and a member of the 40 Year Club at the Mill. Edward served on the Rumford Public Service Commission. He was a Life Member of the Rumford VFW Club; a member of the Scarborough American Legion Post; a former member of the Knights of Columbus and a former member of the Rumford Elks Lodge.
Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Barbara Ann (Brown) Carey of Scarborough; three step daughters, Valerie Ann Philbrick of Old Orchard, Stephanie Marie Dario of Providence, RI, Marie Alane Philbrick of Portland; a granddaughter, Dove Stefi Dario; four daughters, Kathleen Patricia Kelly of Exeter, NH, Cynthia Maureen Johnson and husband, Daniel of Mt. Desert Island, Elizabeth Ann Butera and husband, Robert of Anchorage, AK, Barbara Jane Watson and husband, Marcus of Salem, OR; two sons, Dennis James Carey and wife Wendy of Atlanta, GA, Thomas Stephen Carey and wife, Sally of Rumford; two half-sisters, Priscilla Draper of Weare, NH, Helena Martin of Dixfield; 13 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
The family wishes to thank Hospice of Southern Maine in Scarborough for the dedicated services of Michelle, Wendy, Amy and Larry and the staff at Seaside Nursing Home.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Mildred Ann Mickeriz in 1971; two half-sisters, Ruth Boucher, Bernice Robar; and three half-brothers, Dennis, Patrick and Robert Carey.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend visitation and prayers on Friday at 10 a.m., at Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. An 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Rd., Scarborough. The Rev. Msgr. Paul Stefanko will be the celebrant. Burial will be in New Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.
In lieu of flowers, a Mass card may be offered in Edward's memory or a donation to Hospice of Southern Maine (earmark the Home Program), 180 U.S. Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074.