James Edward (Ted) Carey
April 7, 1950 – December 31, 2018
Ted was born in Tokyo April 7, 1950 to Frank & Jean Carey who were serving as missionaries in Japan. He spent 12 of his first 14 years there, attending the American School in Japan. Upon their return to Canada, Ted went on to attend the University of Waterloo to achieve his B.A., followed by Lakeshore Teacher’s College.
He became employed at the Donald Young Elementary School in Emo, which is where he met the love of his life and soul mate, Linda. Teaching did not seem to be his life calling. Shortly after they were married in 1974, they set out for Kingston where Ted attended Queen’s University where he achieved his Masters of Divinity and was ordained upon graduation. He was posted in Manitoba but found this was not his true life’s calling either.
In the summer 1981, Ted was hired by the Child & Family Services. He served in various capacities within the Agency throughout the years. During that time, he attended the University of Manitoba to achieve his Masters of Social Work. His practicum included creating the O.W.N. program in Kenora. He remained at the Agency until 2013, at which time he retired to take care of his health.
Ted & Lin shared a mutual love of singing and performing music. Throughout the years, their passion for music was well known throughout the district, having performed on various stages in numerous groups and as a duo (TLC). Ted was very involved with the Harbourfront Concert Series, not only performing with Lin, but also serving as their sound man for many years. Post retirement he joined the Guys & Gals group and was invited to become a part of the Fifth Avenue Singers, both of which he enjoyed very much.
Ted was a warm, compassionate person who always held to the belief that every person deserved to be treated with dignity and respect. He was a gentle, easy going fellow with a quirky Carey humour that he has passed on to his beloved children. Ted was our dictionary, thesaurus and encyclopedia before google was dreamed of. We were always amazed at the vast range of knowledge that was stored in his head and wondered how he came by the information in the first place. He was our rock and always guided us by his own example. We will miss him so much.
In Dec. 2011, he was diagnosed with melanoma which became stage 4 a couple of years later. Ted was the first in the district to receive newly developed drugs to treat his condition. He was always very positive in his approach and had every intention of fighting this disease every step of the way. Last December he was diagnosed with a secondary cancer which had also had become stage 4. He remained adamant that he planned to stick around even though throughout this past year, he has struggled with various health issues arising from his condition. He put up the good fight.
Ted was predeceased by his father Frank and his brother Ken. Left to miss him terribly include his wife Lin, children Sandy (Lisa and children Alex, Evan & Quinn), Deborah (children Brayden & Ben), Robert and Morgan. Also missing him is his mother Jean, brother Ivan, sister Norma, brother Don and sister Barb as well as their families and numerous wonderful cousins, extended family and friends.
The family would like to thank the doctors, chemo nurses and home care staff for all their assistance and care.
A service will be held at St. Albans Church on January 10th, 2019 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Lake of the Woods District Hospital or a charity of your choice.