In Celebration of

James “ Jim” Joseph Carey

October 3, 1938 -  February 27, 2022

Died on Sunday, February 27, 2022, at the age of 83, surrounded by his loving family. Devoted husband to Mary Ellen (Daly) and Rosalie (Mollard) (predeceased). Father of five opinionated women, Valerie, Colleen (Allan Pontello), Stephanie (Jeff Sweeney), Kristen (Anthony Bevilacqua) and Shannon (Miriam Sant’Ana). Doting grandfather to Victoria, Riley, Sabrina, Declan, Rory, Jackson, Emma, Sydney and Theo. Brother of Patricia and Larry (predeceased), Mary Eileen (Jim Carey-Hill) and Rita. Valued brother-in-law to the Daly and Mollard Clans, and uncle to many wonderful nieces and nephews.

He was an exceptional leader who fought for recognition of the professionalism of teachers, the importance of Catholic Education and brought about great change due to his dedication. He was past President and General Secretary of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) and past President and Governor of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF). He served as Vice President of (CEFO), the Catholic Education Foundation of Ontario right up until his death.

Jim had a fierce love of baseball and competition that spanned seven decades as both a player and coach. He drove Mary Ellen to baseball fields and stadiums across North America along with his children and grandchildren. His love of the Toronto Blue Jays, Maple Leafs and Raptors provided many long hours of happiness and contentment. (Most of the time.)

Jim was extremely blessed in the company that he kept being a friend to many amazing and caring people who challenged him to stretch and grow. He truly valued their influence in his life even though he was known to sing and do things “My Way”.

James Joseph Carey leaves behind a legacy of care for the less fortunate and the influence of his strong work ethic. He served for many years on the Board of Directors for the Catholic Children’s Aid Society and instilled in his daughters, his students, his peers, and his grandchildren the need to serve and give back to the world to make it a better place.

Thank you to Dorothy Ley Hospice staff who provided him with exceptional end of life care.

Friends, family and colleagues are invited to call at the Turner & Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga (Hwy 10 N. of Q.E.W) on Friday March 4, 2022 from 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. For those who wish to attend the visitation, proof of vaccination and registration is required by visiting the memorial website and online condolences through

Funeral Mass will be held at St. Clement’s Parish, 409 Markland Drive, Etobicoke on Saturday March 5, 2022 at 11 a.m.

Interment at St. Peter’s Cemetery, London, ON will take place at a later date.

In Jim’s memory, donations may be made to Dorothy Ley Hospice.


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Pamela Frey (In-law)

Entered March 1, 2022 from Waterloo

I will always remember Jim for his kindness and genuine interest for my professional career. He truly loved to listen and participate in many facets of education and the future of students and teachers alike.
Jim was also a generous man and I will forever be grateful for the ways he showed his generous and caring ways toward me. Thank-you, Jim , for being such a great example of humankind.
~ Pamela

Ann Lapenna (Best Friend ever)

Entered March 1, 2022 from Toronto

Jim and his family are so good to me. He is up in baseball heaven waiting for the ⚾️ season to start. I love spending time talking to him about sports. God Bless Jim. I have so many memories to cherish. Love ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ you. May you R.I.P. and always look down here because we will look up on you. Prayers.

John Palmer (Colleague)

Entered March 2, 2022 from London , ON

So sorry for your loss. Jim was a big influence on my early teaching career. He was a role model and ideal example of what it meant to be a Catholic educater.

Brian & Louise Hiltz (Softball Friends)

Entered March 2, 2022 from Angus, Ontario

Jim was a true gentleman, on and off the field. His love of the game and respect for his fellow teammates was evident at every game. He was truly a "Legend" to us. Our love and prayers to Mary-Ellen and the family.

Terrence Prendergast (associate of Kristen)

Entered March 2, 2022 from Hearst

May the Lord grant him a merciful judgment and the reward of his labours and bless his family, friends and associates with consolation and peace in their bereavement,
I will remember him at Mass on Saturday.
+Terrence Prendergast, S.J.
Emeritus Archbishop of Ottawa-Cornwall, Apostolic Administrator of Hearst-Moosonee

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Mary Eileen Carey-Hill (Sister)

Entered March 5, 2022 from Cuba today but TORONTO usually

I am late to add a story but Jim was my big brother. He was 91/2 years my senior and I was in awe of him.My Dad & I would go to Lieury to watch him play fastball. He was the back catcher and every game was game 7 of the World Series. I watched him get ready for dates. I was 11 when he married, my first wedding! I was 12 when I became an Aunt to Valerie & then 16 when Colleen, my God child was born. He was a gifted orator and I heard many of his Catholic Education speeches. He had many trials in life but kept on giving every new challenge 100% effort. He had the good fortune to be supported by strong women, Rose, Mary Ellen, & then 5 daughters who kept him on his toes. He was a born leader and I’m proud to say he fulfilled his calling and I am blessed to call him my big brother. Rest In Peace.


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