Richard J. Carey

Richard J. Carey, EPPD (Ret), 81 of East Providence, RI, passed peacefully on May 18, 2018. Born in Providence, he was a life-long resident of East Providence. Rick served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1954 – 1957 during the Korean War with overseas duty in Japan. Following active duty, he transferred to Quonset Point, RI, for reserve service until 1962. He couldn’t believe he drew the lucky straw to serve locally. A graduate of Bryant College, majoring in Criminal Justice, he proudly served as a member of the East Providence Police Department (EPPD) for 25 years. Early in his career, he created the parade floats for the city’s annual Police Parade promoting community law enforcement and justice. He was awarded commendations from the State of Rhode Island for distinguished service. He represented the Department in shooting competitions across the country on the EPPD Pistol Team, and he was instrumental in the design of the EPPD uniform worn to this day. He was co-founder of Century 21 Care-All Realty, one of the first Century 21 real estate franchises in Rhode Island, and the largest in the area, specializing in home sales and subcontracting new construction. Rick was an enthusiast of classic cars, Cadillacs, WWII film and documentary, USMC Dress Blues, New England Patriots and a good cup of coffee. He was a loyal friend, a generous person and a loving father. In addition to his daughters, Donna and Susan, and family, and his service to the City of East Providence, he was most proud to have served his country as a United States Marine. “Once a Marine, Always a Marine.” Semper Fi – Always Faithful. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday May 24, 2018 at 11:00 AM in St. Martha’s Church, 2555 Pawtucket Ave., East Providence. Burial with Military Honors will be held in Gate of Heaven. Calling hours respectfully omitted. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Veterans, Inc., 60 Grove St. Worcester, MA 01605 or the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org