John F. Carey

John F. Carey, 64, of Malta, NY died suddenly February 12 at home. John was born June 13, 1955 at Fort Dix, NJ, to Robert and Margaret (Johnson) Carey. In addition to his wife, Cindy (Box) Carey, he leaves to lovingly cherish his memory, his daughter Gina (David) Kowalski and three adoring grandchildren, Leah, Christopher (CW) and Gracie-Jo. John is also survived by his siblings, Bill (Cathy) Carey, Stephen (Mary) Carey, Patricia Carey, Diane Carey, Dan (Brenda) Carey, Bob Carey, and Susan (John) Martterer and many adoring nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

John grew up in South Troy, graduated Troy high school and enlisted in the US Air Force where he received an honorable discharge after 2 1/2 years of service. He was a steel worker at Portec in Troy, NY for 15 years then became a Registered Respiratory Therapist, a career he retired from in 2018. His favorite part of respiratory care were the times he spent at the Double H Ranch Camp Inspiration where he provided care to kids in a fun and relaxing environment.

Aside from his family and many friends, John loved music (especially the Grateful Dead), being outrageous with his daughter and grandchildren, pranking people, and going off on new adventures. He relished life and laughter. In any crowd, John was at the center of any group laughing uproariously at his many jokes and funny stories. To say that he will be missed is a huge understatement.

A tribute service will be held in his honor on Sunday, February 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Armer Funeral Home, 39 E. High St., Ballston Spa, NY 12020. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his honor to the Double H Ranch at

Guest Book

Jo Jo Russell

I was fortunate to be in John's company during our annual weeklong sailing adventure aboard the schooner Mystic Whaler. His humor and charisma and genuine good nature made him a magnet for joy and kinship. Tho the window of acquaintance was small the view was incredible!

Ray Walsh

John was a caring and compassionate respiratory therapist. He gave up his time to volunteer for Camp Inspiration at the Double H Ranch, helping to give medically fragile children a wonderful camp experience. He will be missed--- and remembered.

Kathleen Braico

My deepest condolences and thanks for all John did for the kids at HH. John, you will be sorely missed.

Rosemarie (Tassi) Schmidt

We are all so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in all the wonderful memories you have of John.

Mark and Dianne Johnson

Our condolences, thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest in peace cousin John.

Will Juhlin

Uncle John, thank you so much for teaching me the value of unconditional love. Thank you for being the definition of a family man and the grandpa I never had. Thank you for the endless amount of happiness, love and laughter that you’ve given me throughout my lifetime. I love and miss you so much.

Lou and Carla DeMarco

Cindy, Gina and Family,

We were all devastated to hear about your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and we’re here if you need anything at all.

Eileen Hall

Dear Cindy and Family,

I am so heartbroken for you. Cindy, I remember how you said John would always have the covers back and your bed ready for a much needed nap after school. You always spoke of him with such love, and it was clear from everything you said, he loved you just as deeply. I hope knowing the John loved you so much will be comfort to you. It is rare to find such love. And you know we all love you and will be here for you. Sending all my love and hugs.


This is so heart wrenching. I worked with John at Pathways where we had many great memories. He had a great sense of humor and will be missed.

Rich Kowalski and Jack Daley

I am so sorry for your loss. I know this is a very hard time. Your in our thoughts. Take solace in your memories and he will always be in your heart

Mary Mulrooney

Dear Cindy and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. John was one of kind, I loved sailing and laughing with you and John on the Mystic Whaler. Sending you my love and sympathy.

George Seney New Smyrna Beach, FL

I went to school and worked with John at Portec. I send my condolences to the family of John. R.I.P. my friend.

Diane Carey

Will miss you my brother