August 6, 1922 to November 6, 2016
Known to his friends simply as Jim, James Francis Carey was born in 1922 and raised in the Irish ghetto of Detroit, Old Corktown.
He graduated from Holy Redeemer High School, attending on a football scholarship, and was the quarterback and captain of the football team in 10th, 11th and 12th grades.
He was awarded two Purple Hearts during the winter in the Battle of The Bulge of World War II, including one for the loss of his leg defending America.
After recovering from his battle injuries he returned home and completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Institute of Technology, known back then as Lawrence College.
From his humble beginnings and war-torn body he went on to career heights in the Detroit Edison Company, including becoming the Senior Buyer and, later, Specifications Engineering Supervisor, where he contributed to the purchasing procedures and designs of various power plants, including two of the company’s nuclear power plants.
Jim ensured that his children were all proficient in handling a sailboat and even helped his sons become successful racers. Maintaining his love for water and boats, he would sit for hours by the shoreline watching and telling boating stories, up until his last few weeks.
Remaining in service to his country he was active politically and held various elected public offices. He also was one of the founding fathers and city civil architects for the City of Troy, Michigan.
Due to his foresight, his original design for the city layout remains to this day. His concepts are traveled over every day by thousands of commuters and travelers when driving along Interstate 75 through the heart of the City of Troy.
A loving and supportive father, he is survived by his children James Edward, Monica Jean, Maureen Bridgett, Cheryl Lynn and Mark Edwin, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He passed peacefully at 94 surrounded by loved ones on November 6, 2016 and was greeted in Heaven by his youngest daughter, Kathryn Mary. Along with his children are many friends and family that will miss his smile and intellectually stimulating conversation.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.palmettofh.com
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