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Ronald B. Carey, retired treasurer of city teachers union

Sept. 2, 1937 – May 20, 2015

Ronald B. Carey, a former treasurer of the Buffalo Teachers Federation and an attendance officer in the Buffalo public school system, died Wednesday at Hospice Buffalo in Cheektowaga following a short illness. He was 77.

Mr. Carey was born in Blossburg, Pa., and his family moved to Western New York when he was 5 years old.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1958, assigned as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne and achieving the rank of Specialist 4.

Mr. Carey earned both his bachelor’s in education and his master’s degree from the University at Buffalo. He spent his entire career in education, working as a teacher and in other roles for the Buffalo system, from 1963 until his retirement in 1997.

He and the former Christine L. Haenszel were married in 1984 and made their home in Buffalo.

He enjoyed his retirement and spent many weekend mornings with the Saturday Garage Crew, an informal social club of retired teachers and others who would meet in a garage on the lower West Side. He was a reader and a fan of crossword puzzles, and he was talented in woodworking and home repair.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Carey is survived by two daughters, Amy Olear and Rebecca Rohan; a son, Mark; a sister, Linda; three brothers, Carmen, Joseph and Ralph; and seven grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:15 a.m. Monday at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 1525 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda.

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