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Robert E. Carey

Judge Robert E. Carey (April 27, 1920-November 16, 2013) passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at his home in Atherton, California on November 16, 2013, at the age of 93.

Robert Carey was born in Chico, California and grew up in Oakland, California, where he graduated from Oakland High School in 1938. In 1941, he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Economics. While at Berkeley, he was President of the Newman Club and Chairman of the Central Pacific Province of the International Newman Club Federation.

Thereafter, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps, where he instructed cadets in flight training as a pilot instructor and served overseas as a pilot of B-29s with the 20th Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theatre.

While in the Army Air Corps, Robert married the love of his life, Helen J. Carey, whom he had met while they both were undergraduates at the University of California, Berkeley.

After the war, he attended the University of San Francisco School of Law, graduating in 1948 and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1949. After a short stint in private practice, he entered the Civil Division of the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office in 1950. Subsequently, he transferred to the Criminal Division of the District Attorney's Office in San Mateo County and ultimately became Chief Criminal Deputy District Attorney in 1959.

In 1969, he was appointed to be a Judge of the Municipal Court in San Mateo County by Governor Ronald Reagan and in 1971, he was elected to the Office of Judge of the Superior Court in the County of San Mateo. In 1989, he retired from the bench and continued to participate in the practice of law in an of counsel capacity with the Law Firm of Carey & Carey in Palo Alto, California until 2008.

During his lifetime, he volunteered his time and held leadership positions in numerous organizations including the Boy Scouts of America, Catholic Social Services in San Mateo County, Sequoia Kiwanis Club and the Native Sons of the Golden West.

Robert enjoyed traveling, photography, and especially had a love of flying and aviation. He was an ardent fan of sporting events, most particularly the Cal football and basketball teams which he supported through the ups and downs of their records and success. He spent countless enjoyable hours playing golf with his friends at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club, where he was a charter member.

Most of all, he was a man of deep faith who truly enjoyed people and loved spending time with his family and friends. He had a kind and gentle soul, a loving and generous heart, and was always giving to others.

An exceptionally caring and devoted husband and father, Robert Carey, is survived by his wife of 69 years, Helen J. Carey, and his children, Ann E. Carey of Menlo Park, California, Thomas J. Carey of San Carlos, California, and Robert E. Carey, Jr. (Kay) of Palo Alto, California. He was a proud grandfather of two granddaughters, Michelle Carey and Elizabeth Carey. He was predeceased by his sister, Frances Stephens.

A Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m, with visitation beginning at 6:00 p.m., on Monday, November 25, 2013, at St. Denis Church, 2250 Avy Avenue, Menlo Park. The Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at St. Denis Church, with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation be made in Robert's memory to Corpus Christi Monastery (215 Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025) or to your


Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Nov. 22 to Nov. 24, 2013
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