Thomas James Carey of Lodi, CA died May 24, 1997

Thomas James Carey
February 5, 1926 - May 24, 1997

His mother was a decendent of David Ogden, who, with 100 other persons, accompanied William Penn on the Goode Ship Welcome to the Territory of Pennsylvania on October 24, 1682 and began the settlement of Philadelphia.

He attended elementary and high school at Stephen Gerard College in Philadelphia, PA, graduating in 1943. He joined the US Navy and attended Midshipmen School at Northwestern Downtown Chicago. He served on the USS LSM313 in the Pacific. He was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant USNR in 1946.

He moved to Stockton, CA and attended the University of the Pacific and graduated in 1948 with a BA degree in Economics. He worked for one and a half years for the Planning Department for the Naval Supply at Rough and Ready Island.
He was a Sea Scout Ship Leader in 1950-1951 in Stockton.

He turned his thoughts to being a teacher and obtained his teaching credential from UOP in 1951. He taught World History and English at Lodi High and later at Tokay high for 32 years, retiring in 1984 after his third and final retirement party.

Tom was a charter member of Tokay Players and was active for many years as an actor, director, and on the Board of Directors.

Camping and fishing at Silver Lake was a yearly event. It was a special and valued tradition for the entire family. He was an avid reader. He was willing and eager to help anyone who needed his help on any project. He made helping others a priority, a character inherited by his eight children.

After he retired he spent most of his time building model ships and boats for display. He also became very talented in painting oil landscapes.

He delivered Meals on Wheels in 1986 and was a docent at Micke Grove Zoological Society as well as serving on the Board of Directors.