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Former Delaware Rep. V. George Carey Passes Away at 88

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Former State Rep. V. George Carey is shown in this June 25, 2010 photo when he announced he was retiring from office after 26 years. (Photo: Delaware State House) Former State Rep. V. George Carey is shown in this June 25, 2010 photo when he announced he was retiring from office after 26 years. (Photo: Delaware State House)

MILFORD, Del.- Former longtime Delaware Rep. V. George Carey has died. According to the Delaware House of Representatives, the longtime Milford-area legislator passed away unexpectedly Sunday evening. He was 88.

Carey served in the state House from 1984-2010 as a Republican, District 36-Milford. One of the few working farmers in the Delaware General Assembly, Cary was a driving force behind the creation of the Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Program in 1991, which as of June, has preserved 118,69 acres of farmland. He also successfully sponsored legislation to reform Delaware’s extensive “tax ditch” system to eliminate problems caused by encroachment in right-of-ways. 

Carey, who was a member of the influential House Joint Bond Bill Committee, played a key role in successfully securing state funding for the Delaware Veterans Home. 

According to his online biography, Carey was born May 2, 1928. He was married to wife Jeanette and together they had three children. He attended Milford High School and was a member a variety of organizations including the Milford Chamber of Commerce, the Delmarva Poultry Improvement Association, the Milford Historical Society, the Delaware Bay & River Oversight Committee, Slaughter Neck Methodist Church, Friends of Milford Library, the Delaware Farm Bureau and Friends of Milton Library. 

Carey becomes the second Milford area dignitary to pass away this summer. On Aug. 10, State Rep. Jack Peterman succumbed to health problems after fighting a battle with cancer earlier in the year.

“For the second time in recent weeks, I’ve said ‘goodbye’ to a friend and a confidant and the Milford area has lost a part of what makes it special,” said State Rep. Harvey Kenton, R-Milford.  “George Carey was forthright, plain spoken, and had a wisdom that was informed by a simple pragmatism.  In short, he was the embodiment of Sussex County and our community is poorer for his passing.”

State Senate Minority Leader Gary Simpson, R-Milford, called George Carey a “truly one-of-a-kind” legislator.

“He was always so full of life and could bring a smile to your face even on those days when you didn't feel like smiling.  His down-to-earth witticisms always left everyone with a hearty laugh, and his common-sense solutions to problems were usually right on the mark.  He was one of the last full-time farmers to serve in the state capitol and agriculture lost one of its most ardent supporters when he decided to retire.  Without hesitation, I enjoyed our years together in the legislature and my prayers are with Jeanette and the rest of his family as they grieve through their loss.  Rest in peace my friend.”

Careyis  survived by his wife Jeanette, two adult children (Dennis and Dale), and two grandchildren.

A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday evening at Rogers Funeral Home in Milford.  The funeral will be held at the Slaughter Neck United Methodist Church in Argo Corners at 11 a.m. Thursday.  There will be no viewing at the funeral service.  Interment will be in the church cemetery. 

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