William Joseph Carey Sr.,

SURRY and BAR HARBOR — William Joseph Carey Sr., 67, died Dec. 6, 2011, at his home in Surry. He was born July 1, 1944, in Old Town, the son of Francis Vincent and Geneva (Gordon) Carey.

Bill graduated in 1962 from Bar Harbor High School. He attended Husson College the next year and left college to purchase the former Carey’s Variety Store in Bar Harbor with his wife, Joyce. Bill and Joyce had their four children during the many years they operated the variety store. In 1978, Bill and Joyce purchased the Mary Jane Restaurant in Bar Harbor, then in the early ’90s they downsized to Tiffany’s Restaurant. He and Joyce later worked at Atlantic Oaks and Geddy’s Pub. Currently Bill was working with Joyce as the kitchen director/cook at the Down East Family YMCA and childcare food program. He was known as “Mr. Bill.” Bill’s true love was his family. He enjoyed family weekends at camp, where they lived, and especially pulling the kids on a tube behind the party boat. Every evening was celebrated with a sunset cocktail cruise on the pond with family, friends and special neighbors. In the winter they enjoyed ice fishing together and the bonfires at camp were always a good time. He was an avid hunter and golfer. Bill was a member and past president of the Lions Club, volunteer fireman with the Bar Harbor Fire Department as part of the ladder company, member of the Knights of Columbus and Elks Club.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Joyce (Smith) Carey; daughters, Annette Klaver and husband, Bill, Tammy Dow and husband, David, and Cindy Walls and husband, Bruce; son, William Carey Jr. and partner, Dennis Rivera; grandchildren, Jessica Dow and fiancé Alex Wiken, Tiffany, Dacota and Molly Dow, Katy, Andrew, Elliott and Natalie Klaver, Whitney, Taylor, and Benjamin Walls, as well as countless other surrogate children and grandchildren with special recognition to Paul Higgins and his family.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Dec. 10, 2011, at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Bar Harbor with Father John O’Hara, celebrant. A reception to “Celebrate” Bill’s life followed at the Masonic Hall, Bar Harbor. Private interment was at Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Bar Harbor. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund has been set up in Mr. Bill’s memory to provide food assistance for children at the Down East Family YMCA, “Mr. Bill’s Food Fund,” c/o Jean Wood, P.O. Box 25, Ellsworth, ME 04605. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.

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