Charles C. (Chuck) Carey, Jr. |
Chuck was born November 9, 1930 in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Adelyne Bilyeu Carey and Charles C. Carey, Sr. He was the middle child. His sister Dorothy (Dottie) Carey Menadier was 17 months older, and his brother James H. (Jimmy) Carey was 18 months younger. Chuck died peacefully at home at Thanksgiving on November 22, 2012 - surrounded by family and close friends -- after an extended battle with bladder cancer.
Chuck graduated from Dobbs Ferry High School in NY in 1948 and received his degree in physics from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1957. He served in the U.S. Army as an instructor in antiaircraft and guided missile systems at Fort Bliss TX. He received his commission in the Army, graduating at the top of his officer candidate school class.
He joined Boeing in July 1957 where he served for 39 years, rising to Deputy Director of Planning for the Defense and Space Group. He always said he had "the best job in the world." Chuck married his wife of 44 years, Diana Wood Carey, in September 1968. They shared an interest in food, wine, music and travel. Friends describe him as "an individual with a big heart, a great sense of humor and a real joy for life."
Chuck served on the board of the Northwest Chamber Orchestra for over 30 years and was president for four of those years. One former president said: "He was always so positive and yet practical..... I'm not sure how I would have made it through without his advice and counsel." He and Diana commissioned a harpsichord concerto by Philip Glass which was premiered by the NWCO in 2002. He also was involved in the Enological Society of the Pacific Northwest, including being president, and in the early 70s was one of the first to lead groups from Seattle to tour the vineyards in Eastern Washington. He was active in the Society's annual wine tasting event, including assisting with the judging of wines from the Northwest. He also sang in the choir of the University Presbyterian Church for 17 years.
After retirement, in 1998 he and Diana adopted their daughter Linda from Chengdu, China, who became the light of his life. He was active in her schooling and after school activities, ferrying her to ballet lessons, soccer games and English classes.
In addition to his wife Diana and daughter Linda, he is survived by his brother Jimmy, sister Dorothy, and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Swedish Medical Center Foundation, 747 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122 or Seattle Chamber Music Society, 10 Harrison St., #306, Seattle, WA 98109. A Celebration of Chuck's Life will be held on Sunday, December 16, 2012, from 2-5 p.m., at Women's University Club, 1105 Sixth Ave., Seattle, WA.
Published in The Seattle Times on Dec. 2, 2012