Former Rep. Vinal “V.” George Carey, 88, passes away

MILFORD – Rep. Vinal “V.” George Carey, 88, passed away Sunday, Sept 11, according to family members.

He formerly held the seat for district 36 from 1984 until 2010 when Rep. Harvey Kenton (R-Milford) became his successor, beating out C. Russell McCabe.

Rep. Carey attended Milford High School and was a member of numerous organizations over his lifetime including the Milford Chamber of Commerce, Delmarva Poultry Improvement Association, Milford Historical Society, Delaware Farm Bureau and Slaughter Neck Methodist Church to name a few.

Born May 2, 1928 in Milford, he grew up to be a farmer and father of three to Dennis, Dale and Karen with his wife Jeanette. The family also grew to include grandchildren.

vinal-george-careyAs a long-time representative to district 36, he was a member of the energy, natural resources, capital infrastructure and agriculture committees. He also sat on the Farm Advisory Committee, Select Committee on Farmland Preservation and Southern States Board of Directors.

In recent years, Rep. Carey was honored by the Milford Rotary Club for his contributions he and Jeanette made to the district through time, service and other outlets.

According to the Delaware State House of Representative Minority Caucus’ Website, he “was a driving force behind the creation of the Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Program,” and “successfully sponsored legislation to reform Delaware’s extensive “tax ditch” system to eliminate problems caused by encroachment in right-of-ways.”

More information will follow as it becomes available.

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