VENNEMA--Carey, died peacefully in his home in the West Village on July 24, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born March 18, 1921 to Mildred Carey and Augustus Whiton Vennema in Passaic, NJ. He attended the Passaic Collegiate School, graduated from The Choate School and Amherst College in the Class of 1943. He received his JD from New York University in 1958. He was a veteran of World War II, having trained in the French-speaking Cryptologic Unit of the US Army. During Law School, he met Mary Holly Webb, then a student at Union Theological Seminary, and the two married in 1956 and raised four children in Greenwich Village. His most meaningful life's work was spent fighting to preserve the architecture and character of his beloved Greenwich Village through his involvement with Save the Village, the Committee for Artist Housing and Community Board 2 as well as his work for the Town of Swans Island, Maine by drafting the first Shoreline Ordinance and Clam Ordinance. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Holly, children Amy Vennema and Betsy Humes of Park Slope, Brooklyn, Willa Vennema of Portland, Maine, and Kenneth Vennema of Sugar Land, Texas, ten grandchildren and an extended family of loving in-laws. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to the Elder Care Outreach of Swans Island c/o Donna Wiegel.
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Published in The New York Times on July 30, 2014