Alford R. `Skip' Carey, 71, construction firm owner

March 01, 2006

Alford R. "Skip" Carey, former owner of a Baltimore construction company who had been the state school construction chief in the 1970s, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Feb. 16 at his home in Ocala, Fla. The former Freeland resident was 71.

Mr. Carey was born and raised in Towson and graduated from Towson High School in 1952. He earned a bachelor's degree in education administration in 1957 from what is now Towson University.

He was a special-education teacher in Baltimore County public schools and special-education supervisor before being appointed chief of the Inter-Agency Committee for School Construction by Gov. Marvin Mandel at its inception in 1971.

His state career ended in 1975 when he pled guilty to forging a contractor's invoice and embezzling $22,000 from his agency. Three years later, he was convicted on bribery and extortion charges.

During the 1980s, Mr. Carey established Carey Construction Co., general contractors, a business he operated until the 1990s. He moved to Ocala in 2001.

Through the years, Mr. Carey had been active with Special Olympics, his family said.

The family will receive visitors from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Henry W. Jenkins & Sons Funeral Home, 16924 York Road, Monkton.

Surviving are his wife of 23 years, the former Patricia A. Tribbitt; a son, Jason Carey of Fayetteville, Pa.; three daughters, Patricia C. Fingles of Philadelphia, Cynthia C. Hagin of Baltimore and Kimberly Conner of Pikesville, Ky.; and three grandchildren. Another daughter, Debra L. White, died in 2003. His first marriage ended in divorce.

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