Vail Daily obituary: George L. ‘Buddy’ Carey, Jr., 1934-2016
George L. “Buddy” Carey Jr. passed away on Oct. 14, 2016, at his home in West Chester, Pennsylvania, after a 4 and a half year journey with pancreatic cancer. He was 82.
Born Jan. 13, 1934, in Shawnee, Oklahoma, to Nell and George Carey, Buddy grew up there with his sister Maryann and attended Shawnee High School. He went on to graduate as an ROTC 2nd lieutenant from University of Oklahoma in 1958 with a degree in chemical engineering. He completed active duty in Aberdeen, Maryland, and then fulfilled his commitment as a reservist on weekends in Fort Hood, Texas. He always remained a loyal SAE brother and passionate Sooner fan.
He married his college sweetheart, Sara Sue Riddle, and moved to Farmington, New Mexico, to start his first job as a chemical engineer. While in Farmington, their four children were born. Accepting a position in the concrete form business, he moved to Bellevue, Washington, and then went on to Exton, Pennsylvania, in 1971 to help engineer the forms used in the Washington, D.C., Metro.
Buddy learned to ski during college at Aspen which turned into a lifelong passion. While in the Pacific Northwest he was a ski instructor at Snoqualmie Pass and Crystal Mountain. After moving east, he spent many weekends at Greek Peak Ski Area on the slopes with his family. His passion for winter and the mountains inspired him to fulfill a dream to return to Colorado, where he spent time in the Vail area the last 15 years.
Buddy loved being surrounded by his friends and family and is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sue; sons Tripp (Beth), of Coopersburg, Pennsylvania; Jeff (Tomasen), of Exeter, New Hampshire; Todd (Sue), of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania; and daughter, Kristan, of Edwards. He cherished his eight grandchildren, Elena, Nicholas, Emma, Zachary, Grace, Kyle, Ryan and Lauren. Additionally, he is survived by his sister Maryann Reynolds and beloved nieces and nephews.
Services will be held in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 21, 2016. A celebration of Buddy’s life will be held in Colorado at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in George L. Carey’s name to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (www.lls.org), Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (www.jdrf.org), Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (www.pancan.org) or Special Olympics (www.specialolympics.org) — all causes that had a special place in Buddy’s big heart.