|Name||Richard J. Carey|
Waterville, Maine , United States
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RICHARD J. "SPIKE" CAREY
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AUGUSTA -- Richard J. "Spike" Carey, 84, of Belgrade, died on Friday evening with his family by his side at the Maine Veterans' Home in Augusta. He was born in Waterville on Jan. 7, 1929, the oldest son of the late Augustus and Alma (Vashon) Carey. He attended local schools, graduating from Waterville High School in 1947. He worked at Forster Manufacturing until he enlisted in the Army Air Force serving from 1948 to 1952 as a senior aircraft mechanic. On June 23, 1952, he married Helen Fortin at Notre Dame Church and together they raised their six children.
Richard attended the University of Maine at Orono, studying engineering for two-and-a half years and then went to work for Joseph W. Sewall Co. in Old Town as a surveyor. He worked there for several years and then became self-employed as owner/operator of Carey Land Surveys in Waterville. It was at this time that "Spike" became involved in local politics for the city of Waterville, first serving on the common council and then proceeding from there to serve as alderman representing Ward 7 and later Ward 5. He was Waterville's longest-serving mayor, having served eight years, from 1970 to 1978. During this time, he also represented the citizens of Waterville in the Maine House of Representatives from 1967 to 1978.
He then served as the director of the Maine State Lottery from 1978 to 1985 and was called the "father of the Tri-State Megabucks" game.
Soon after moving to Belgrade, Richard served 16 months as Belgrade's first town manager when the town changed its local governing structure in 1989. He also served on the Board of Selectmen until his retirement. During this time, he also served in the State Senate representing Belgrade and surrounding towns from 1990 to 1998.
Richard was a lifelong communicant at Notre Dame Parish where he served as a Eucharistic minister and lector. He surveyed the site where the current Notre Dame Church sits. He served on the board of directors for the Notre Dame Federal Credit Union for many years. Richard was a life member of the American Legion as well as an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 148.
Richard is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Helen (Fortin) Carey; children Michael Carey and wife, Jacqueline, of Barre, Vt., Gregory Carey of Waterville, Denise (Carey) Ducharme and husband Jack, and Martha (Carey) Thibodeau and husband Alan, all of Madison, and Peter Carey and wife Bobbie of Virginia; and one brother, Jack Carey and wife, Mariette, of Portland.
He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, Bradley, Christopher, Elizabeth, Sean, Jennifer, Denise, Joseph, Benjamin, Jennifer, Joshua, Cecile, Charlotte, Jessica, Anna and Scarlet; 14 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and many close friends.
Richard was predeceased by a beloved son, Stephen, in 1995, as well as his daughter-in-law, Susan, in 2012.
In Richard's memory, donations may be made to the Maine Chapter of the , hospice, or a .
Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, July 22, at the Veilleux Funeral Home in Waterville. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Waterville on Tuesday, July 23. Services are under the care and direction of the Veilleux Funeral Home 8 Elm St. Waterville, ME 04901 www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com 207-872-767