Thomas Wade Carey, 90, Vero Beach

Thomas Wade Carey, 90, of Vero Beach, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, in Vero Beach.

Carey was born May 6, 1920, in St. Paul, Minn., and had been a resident of Vero Beach for 27 years, moving from Cherry Hill, N.J.

He was a civil engineer, who was instrumental in the start-up of Indian River Habitat for Humanity, as well as many other charitable organizations.

He was one of the founding members of Christ Church, where he sang in the choir.

Carey was a veteran of World War II, serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corp and then the U.S. Air Force.

His survivors include his wife Jean Carey, of Vero Beach; son Thomas W. Carey, Jr., of Sebastian; daughter Barbara Carey Conlin, of Marlton, N.J.; sister-in-law Helen Wade Carey, of Alexandria Va.; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

His memorial service will be held 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 at Christ Church in Vero Beach.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Church, 925 14th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cox-Gifford-Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach, Florida.

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