David Edward Carey
1913 - 2017
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David Edward Carey

Asheville - David Edward Carey died on February 5, 2017, at Brooks-Howell Home, Asheville, North Carolina, at the age of 103. He was born November 4, 1913, on Carey Island off the coast of Malaysia.

Dave's parents had migrated from England to help an uncle who owned a rubber plantation. At age six he was sent to boarding school in England. His family subsequently moved to Vancouver where Dave finished high school and attended the University of British Columbia. There he represented Canada on its national rugby and cricket teams and graduated as president of the student body. He went on to Oxford University in England as a Rhodes Scholar to examine Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. His studies were cut short by World War II and he returned to Canada.

During and after World War II Dave spent the majority of his career working in public relations with the international organization Moral Re-Armament (MRA). Initially, their work in Europe was focused on bringing reconciliation and reconstruction. After the war MRA worked on every continent to bring lasting peace and purpose to organizations, businesses, and government bodies. Later he was Director of Public Relations for the musical show and educational organization, Up With People.

Following the death of his first wife, Naomi, in 1978, Dave retired and moved to Knoxville, Tennessee. There he met and married Peg, who has been by his side for the past 37 years. While in Knoxville, Dave wrote a book called 100 Decisive Events in History, which he recorded for the local public television station in Knoxville and taught as a non-credit course at the University of Tennessee and later at the University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA).

In 1983, Dave and Peg moved to Asheville where he soon became involved in many volunteer activities. Among other contributions, Dave was a founder of and long time mediator at the Asheville Mediation Center, and he was a founder of the Western North Carolina World Affairs Council. Also he was a founder and lecturer at the UNCA College for Seniors, and he volunteered regularly at Mission Hospital and hospice.

In 1978 he resumed playing tennis, a game he had loved as a younger man, and competed in his first senior tournament. Over his 30-year career as a senior tennis player, Dave won numerous national age-group tournaments, represented the U.S. in international competition and made a guest appearance at the U.S. Open with three other senior tennis players. He was nationally ranked in the 80, 85 and 90 age brackets and Number 1 in the world in singles in the 85 age bracket. He is a member of the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame, the Western North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, and the University of British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame.

His first love was his weekly match with the tennis group at Aston Park in Asheville where Court 6 is named the Dave Carey Court in honor of his contribution to the local tennis community. He participated in the Asheville City Tennis Tournament from 1983 to 2013. His many trophies reflect his involvement in state, regional, national, and international competition.

Dave is survived by his wife, Peggie Lambert Carey; his son, Peter Carey, of St. Louis; his daughter, Susan Hunt, of Woodburn, Oregon; his stepdaughter, Debbee Sharpe of Flower Mound, Texas; his stepdaughter, Dianne Sharpe of Leicester, North Carolina; as well as six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Dave's life will be honored with a memorial service on Saturday, April 1 at 11 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, Asheville. And also in honor of Dave, there will be a public showing of the new full length documentary movie "Gold Balls" about senior tennis on Thursday, March 30 at the Fine Arts Theatre, Asheville (see website for details). In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Asheville Tennis Association (P.O. Box 514, Asheville, NC 28802) or Grace Episcopal Church or a charity of your choice.

Dave's outlook on life was captured in his favorite saying "The best is yet to come." Surely his spirit is rejoicing now!

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Published in Asheville Citizen-Times on Feb. 13, 2017.
Memorial service
11:00 AM
Grace Episcopal Church
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March 3, 2017
Dave served as President of the Board of Directors of The Mediation Center during part of my tenure there as Executive Director. He was a great friend and leader, and we shared our love of tennis. He could really place a shot and was always available for a hug and a friendly chat off the court. He is an inspiration to all tennis players, but especially to those of us of a certain age. His legacy will live on at Aston Park and the Asheville Tennis Association, as well as The Mediation Center and all of the institutions that he touched. I will miss seeing Dave on the courts, but know that he will always be there in spirit.
Sarah Corley
March 3, 2017
Wow! What a life - what a gentleman - what an example. Thank you for showing us how Dave.
Carl Mumpower
February 16, 2017
Dave inspired many many people and always brought wisdom and insight to the table. He was especially gifted at bringing people together, often over food, and brokering mutual agreements.

I first met Dave when we were working together on a Committee to form what became The Mediation Center, some 34 years ago, soon after Dave and Peg moved to Asheville. He continued as Board Chair and senior volunteer Mediator for many years in support of the Center and the peaceful resolution of conflict.

I loved the sparkle in Dave's eyes, his winning nature, and his spirit of fair play.
Barbara Ann Davis
February 16, 2017
David enjoyed a good long, long life. So many cannot say the same. He was especially, especially strong. Ps. 90:10
February 15, 2017
I'll always remember Dave fondly!
He was always on target with conversation, a true gentleman, a delight to play tennis with and best of all a sensitive and caring person.
Lee Dansby
February 14, 2017
Dave was a sweetheart of a man. He always let me win at least one game when we played tennis together. I wish I had known him much longer than just the last 30 years. God bless you Peg in this time of sorrow. You were always there for Dave and I know you will miss him greatly.
February 13, 2017
Dave was an amazing and wonderful person. He was a true gentleman, and, with his beloved Peg, fast and true friends. WE shall always treasure knowing him and sharing a bit of life with him. Stewart and Elizabeth
elizabeth and stewart spragins
February 13, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for strength, grace and comfort during this difficult time. Thank you very much for sharing Dave with us at CarePartners PACE. He was very special to us.
Julie Robinson
February 13, 2017
What a man ! What a life ! Thanks for your guidance to me in the tennis world ! I'll miss you !
Willis Anderson
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