Douglas Carey sits at his post where he worked as a security guard for Morton Plant Hospital April 14, 2003.
CLEARWATER – Family and friends of Douglas Herbert Carey will join together to honor his memory at a service Friday, May 23, 5:30 p.m., at Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 N. Highland Ave., Clearwater.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Salvation Army in his memory to help the homeless. Arrangements are by Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home in Clearwater. Call 727-796-1992.
Carey, 70, died May 20, 2014 at his job as a Clearwater school crossing guard when he was hit by a car at the intersection of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road.
His career included 20 years of service as a police officer with the city of Clearwater. He worked as a patrolman, training officer and detective. He retired in 1987 and later worked as a security guard for Morton Plant Hospital before beginning his job as a school crossing guard in 2010.
He served in the military police in the U.S. Air Force and received an honorable discharged in 1968. He was a lifelong member of the Fraternal Order of Police.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Jean; his daughter, Toni Carey of Brandon; a son, Brian Carey of Clearwater; a grandson, Dylan Carey of Clearwater; a nephew, Oliver Nelson “Butch” Carey and many other family members in Wisconsin.
Residents from Clearwater and Pinellas County have been paying tribute to Carey via makeshift memorials near the site where he died and at local schools attended by children he helped get to class safety day after day.
Flowers, cards, cups of coffee and donuts surround those memorials, but the signs show the respect.
“A job well done Doug Carey. Wear your angel wings with pride,” was written on one framed piece of paper.
Someone else wrote on orange poster paper, “Douglas thank you. I saw you every morning helping kids cross the street. You always had a smile on your face. I’m sad to see you go because you were so committed to the safety of others around you. You were a wonderful man. Rest in peace. We will never forget,” said another.
On a large yellow poster, someone wrote, “Thank you to our crossing guard Doug Carey for serving our community and keeping our children safe. You are not forgotten! Your family is in our prayers. Soar with the angels Doug.” It was signed a grateful community.
U.S. Rep. David Jolly, who represents District 13, took a moment to honor Carey on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives May 22.
“Officer Carey lost his life while doing what he loved and what he did best, protecting and serving his community,” Jolly said. “… Officer Carey will be greatly missed, but his spirit lives on through the many many lives he has touched in our community of Pinellas County Florida.”