James Carey

84, always had a good story to tell about his time on the road.

James Carey of Buena Vista passed away Oct. 5, 2019 at Pine Ridge Hospice in Cañon City.

He was born March 30, 1935 in Denver. He married Nina Carey in 1960. They were married for 59 years.

He is survived by his wife Nina, and daughter Angela Carey of Buena Vista.

He joined the Shrine Circus to become a chauffeur for the owner of the circus.

Later he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Germany. After his stint in the army he returned to Denver and went to work at the Auditorium. He joined the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Union Local 7.

Some of the shows that he trooped with were Man of La Mancha where he was a master electrician; Disney on Parade as a prop man and went on the road with Jethro Tull, a rock band, where he was head carpenter on the show.

He also worked in Elitch Theatre as head electrician.

For a short time he served as business agent for the union; also as president of the union. He was a stage hand for 50 years and received a gold watch and a plaque for his service from the union.

He loved animals and took care of feral cats near his house. He fed them every day.

He was well liked by his friends and he always had a good story to tell about his time on the road.

The thing he was most proud of was that his daughter followed in his footsteps.

Jim is survived by two nieces who live in Denver and his sister Gail Carey of Buena Vista.

Wake will be held at V.F.W. in Buena Vista Oct. 26 from 3-7 p.m. If you would like to bring a dish, please do.