NORTH ALBANY William (Wilbur) Joseph Carey, age 81, entered into eternal life suddenly Tuesday, August 24, 2004. Born in Albany, he was a lifelong resident. He was a graduate of School 20 and Christian Brothers Academy. He served on the executive board of Local No. 12 of the Ironworkers’ Union and was a member of Local No. 12 for over 45 years. He was a member of the First Marine Raider Battalion known as Edson’s Raiders, serving at Guadalcanal during World War II, receiving both the Purple Heart and the Silver Star. He was manager for North Albany Little League; former semi-pro football player for Sacred Heart in late 1930s; member and past-commander of the North Albany American Legion Post No. 1610, Albany Lodge of Elks No. 49, Albany Ancient Order of Hibernian, North Albany Limericks; lifetime member of Sacred Heart Church in North Albany. Son of the late Robert and Mary Anderson Carey. He loved his family, golf, the Green Bay Packers, the New York Yankees and was a Notre Dame fan.
Beloved husband of 58 years of Rosemary Travison Carey; loving father of Michael P. Carey and his wife Patricia of Loudonville, Robert J. Carey and his wife Diane of Watervliet, Kathleen Bagnoli of Guilderland and her friend Michael Stack, Maryann Ryan and her husband Kevin of Cleveland, Ohio and Nancy Chamberlain and her husband, William of Wynantskill; brother of the late Edward V. Carey, Mildred McCann and Ruth Smith; cherished grandfather of Matthew, Colleen, Megan, Jennifer and James Carey, Daniel and Justin Bagnoli, Ryan and Patrick Chamberlain and Courtney Jasniewski. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held in the Lasak & Gigliotti Funeral Home, 8 Dudley Heights, Albany (opposite the Philip Livingston School on Northern Blvd.) Saturday morning at 8:15 and 9 o’clock at the Church of the Sacred Heart. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend and may also call at the funeral home Friday 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.
Those desiring may send a remembrance in William’s name to Sacred Heart Church, 33 Walter St., North Albany, NY 12204 or a charity of one’s choice.