, Newburyport, MA

December 30, 2013

John E. Carey, 76

Merrimac — John E. "Jack" Carey, 76, of Merrimac, died on Saturday, December 21, 2013, at the Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, after a lengthy period of declining health.

Born in Haverhill on December 24, 1936, he was the son of the late, John W. and Viola M. (Blackburn) Carey. Raised in Haverhill, he was a graduate of Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, Class of 1953. He married his wife, Rachel (Beaulieu), on September 7, 1959, and had resided in Merrimac for the past 45 years.

Mr. Carey was employed at the Haverhill Paperboard Company in Bradford, working as an inspector with the company for over 25 years.

Mr. Carey was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. John’s favorite pastimes were to play golf and go camping, watching sports on TV, and playing cards with family. Above all, he cherished his time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He leaves his beloved wife of 54 years, Rachel D. (Beaulieu) Carey, of Merrimac; five sons, Michael W. Carey and his wife, Cheryl, Timothy W. Carey, Patrick J. Carey, and his wife, Melinda, all of Plaistow, Daniel J. Carey and his fiancée, Kristene Blacky of Merrimac, and Darren E. Carey and his wife, Stacy, of Newton, N.H.; daughter-in-law, Lisa Young-Carey, of Merrimac; 12 grandchildren, Rebekah, Joshua, Kyle, Jessica, Nicole, Lyle, Siara, and Cameron Carey, Alyssa Josephson, Carl Josephson, and Laren Ericson, and McKenna Blacky; five great-grandchildren, Mason, Conner, Brodie, Adrianna, and Sophia; three brothers, Paul Carey and his wife, Marie, of Plaistow, Robert Carey of New Hampshire, and James and his wife, Suzanne, of Merrimac; two sisters, Audrey Winter of Exeter, N.H., and Violet Gallant of Merrimac; a brother-in-law, John Proia; and sister-in-law, Cathey Carey, both of Bradford; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Rosemary Proia; and brother, Richard.

ARRANGEMENTS: Friends and family are respectfully invited to call on Friday, January 3, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main Street, Route 125, Haverhill. A memorial funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 4, at 10 a.m., in the Holy Redeemer Parish, Church of the Nativity, 4 Green Street, Merrimac. Memorial donations may be made to the Merrimac Fire Department, 16 East Main St., Merrimac, MA 01860. Please visit Comeau Funeral Home on Facebook, or