In Remembrance of James Bernard Carey
James Bernard CareyDunmore, PA August 23, 1943 ~ October 5, 2013 Date of Service: October 8, 2013
James Bernard Carey, 70, of Old Forge, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Celtic Hospice Community Care, Dunmore. He was born in Old Forge Aug. 23, 1943, and was the son of the late Wilfred and Della (Vernogus) Carey.
Jim was a member of Prince of Peace Church of Old Forge. "Ace" was a 1961 graduate of Old Forge High School, where he was a three-year letterman in football and a member of the 1958 Eastern Conference Championship football team and was a member of the Old Forge Football Gridiron Club. Jim also served proudly for his country as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve.
James is survived by his wife, Sandra (Gristina) Carey; his children, James and wife, Maria, of Dallas, Pa.; Loriann and husband, Joe McCormack, of Harlesyville, Pa.; and Lynn and husband, Michael Romero, of Harleysville. Also surviving are his brothers, Wilfred and Paul; sisters, Shirley Carey, Geraldine Talarico, Diane Gilchrist and Donna Touch. James was absolutely adored by his six grandchildren, JT Carey, Devin and Morgan McCormack, Rowan, Carey, and Anna Romero; and by his many nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Before finishing his 33 years with United Parcel Service, he also worked for Williams Bakery. During his time with UPS, his customers always welcomed his deliveries because of his dynamic personality and friendly smile. Jim was always full of life. His magnetic personality made everyone who knew him want to be around him, from his work friends to his golf buddies, but especially his family. Jim lived his life with a child-like enthusiasm, and there was rarely a time you didn't see a smile on his face. He will be missed by many.
Jim and his wife of 50 years, Sandra, were high school sweethearts. They had the type of marriage idolized by many. They were rarely seen apart, (always seen on walks and holding hands) and together they devoted their lives to spending time with their children and grandchildren. Even in illness they could not be separated, as Sandra spent the last weeks of Jim's life at his bedside caring for him. Jim returned the favor by waiting to return to the Lord only after he survived to see their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday.
His family was the most important part of his life; his greatest joys were his children and grandchildren. Jim had a way of adapting to each grandchild's personality to make them feel as if they were the most special person to him. There wasn't anything Jim would not do for his family (or anyone for that matter). He was the most thoughtful, helpful, and creative person. There wasn't a task he couldn't handle and you could always depend on him to help. Jim was the official handyman in the family, and he selflessly gave up his free time to help on remodeling jobs or "fix it" projects. He took care of everyone in his family, and often also took care of friends of family. As a result, he inherited many additional nieces and nephews throughout his life, and was lovingly referred to as "Uncle Jimmy." When Jim did take time for himself, aside from attending his grandchildren's sporting events, golfing was his greatest passion. Jim was always fought over to complete a foursome in a golf tournament because he was a sure bet to win. He always looked forward to golfing with his retired friends every Monday and Wednesday; it brought him such enjoyment.
The Carey family would like to thank Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, especially Dr. Gary K. Schwartz, M.D., for making sure Jim always had the best care and treatment available, and allowing Jim to be part of our lives for so long in spite of his illness. We would also especially like to thank Dr. Kenneth Sebastianelli, M.D., for visiting Jim every morning while he was in hospice, and for the excellent care he provided him through the years. Lastly, we would also like to thank the nursing staff of Celtic Hospice Community Care of Dunmore for the comfort they provided to Jim and the entire immediate family during his stay. Their devotion and exceptional care was greatly appreciated by his family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Church at Prince of Peace Parish, Lawrence and West Grace streets, Old Forge. Family and Friends may call Monday from 5-8 p.m. at the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge. Interment in Old Forge Cemetery. All those attending the Mass are kindly asked to go directly to the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to MSKCC, c/o Dr. Gary K. Schwartz, Laboratory of New Drug Development and Orphan Cancers, 300 East 66th Street, New York, NY, 10065. This is a cancer research fund set up by Jim's oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering-Cancer Center in NYC. Without their help, Jim would not have been correctly diagnosed and therefore would not have been given an exceptional quality of life for the last five years. Despite the illness, Jim's last five years were filled with love and joy, and we thank Memorial Sloan Kettering-Cancer Center for that.