Ge­orge L. (Buddy) Carey Jr. of West Ch­ester

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

Ge­orge L. (Buddy) Carey, Jr. passed away, after a 4 ½ year jour­ney with pan­cre­atic cancer, on Oc­to­ber 14, 2016 at his home in West Ch­ester, PA. He was 82.

Born Jan­uary 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 Sec­ond Lieu­tenant from Univer­sity of Ok­la­homa in 1958 with a de­gree in Chem­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing. He com­pleted ac­tive duty in Aberdeen, MD, and then ful­filled his com­mit­ment as a re­servist on week­ends in Fort Hood, TX. 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, PA in 1971 to help engi­neer the forms used in the Wash­ing­ton, DC Metro.

Buddy and Sue made Exton their home and in­cor­po­rated into the com­mu­nity through coach­ing Lionville Youth As­so­ci­a­tion (LYA) soccer, ex­plor­ing the rich his­tory of east­ern PA, school in­volve­ment, sports and the kids’ or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing CCD, Young Life and scout­ing trips.

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.

Hav­ing an in­ces­sant cu­rios­ity for his­tory and how things work, he would read non-fic­tion and com­bine the knowl­edge with his own trav­els to share de­tailed memories and his­to­ries of var­i­ous lo­cales. Buddy loved to con­nect with his own fam­ily his­tory by de­vot­ing time re­search­ing and doc­u­ment­ing his ge­neal­ogy. Most of Buddy’s sto­ries were high­lighted with a good laugh.

Buddy loved be­ing sur­rounded by his friends and fam­ily and is sur­vived by his wife of 57 years, Sue, sons Tripp (Beth) of Coop­ers­burg, PA, Jeff (To­masen) of Ex­eter, NH, Todd (Sue) of Ch­ester Springs, PA, and daugh­ter, Kris­tan of Ed­wards, CO. 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.

What­ever he was called - Ge­orge, Buddy, Pap, Un­cle Bug, Dad - he rests in peace.

A Memo­rial Mass will be held on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 21, 2016 at 10:30 A.M from St. El­iz­a­beth Church, Fel­low­ship Rd. & Pottstown Pike, Ch­ester Springs, Pa. In­ter­ment Pri­vate 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.

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