Carey, Jr. was born December 18, 1878 in Chicago, Illinois. He
was the son of John Joseph Carey and Mary Harrigan. John grew up
in a tough, working-class Irish neighborhood, which John said
was full of rowdies. His home, at 157 Bunker St. was within five
or six blocks of where Mrs. O'Leary's cow supposedly kicked over
a lantern, starting the Chicago Fire.
up in a large and very close family, with seven brothers and
four sisters. He was able to finish his schooling through the
sixth grade, before going to work to help support the family. He
was a responsible young man. When he was fourteen he promised
his mother that he wouldn't drink, and he never did. His father
died when he was nineteen years old, and John took
responsibility for his younger brothers. He bought a pool table
for his brothers, and put it in the basement, so they wouldn't
be out on the streets. John and some other young friends liked
to wear striped pants, and cutaway coats to church, to help
dispel the "roughneck Irish" image. He was an usher at his Holy
Family Catholic Church, and also a member of the Knights of
Mary Josephine Hickey on August 6, 1908 in Chicago, after a
five-year engagement. At the time of their marriage they lived
in the St. Aloysius parish. John worked at Marshall Fields, as a
Chicago they had two sons: John Joseph, born in 1911; and Thomas
Ignatius, born in 1913.
John's strong ties to Chicago were broken when John got into a disagreement with Marshall Field, Jr., and John "told off" Marshall Fields, Jr.John was effectively blackballed in Chicago, and had to look outside the area for employment. He found work in San Francisco, and the family moved there. Before they left John was able to watch the home-bound troops march down State St. at the end of World War I. (John returned to Chicago once, for his mother's funeral in 1924, taking the train on the southern route, and visiting New Orleans.)
to California in early 1919, and the rest of the family followed
six months later. They lived in San Francisco for two years,
then moved to Berkeley, to 1427 Berkeley Way. Their last son,
James Aloysius was born on February 7, 1920. (His middle name
was taken from the St. Aloysius parish they had lived in when
they were married.)
as a credit manager for the City of Paris, then Schlesinger's in
Oakland (which became Kahn's), and then received a better offer
and returned to work at City of Paris, in San Francisco. He
worked at City of Paris until he retired. He once wrote a story
of his experiences, and the people he met as a credit manager,
for submission to Reader's Digest.
a good sense of humor. When his granddaughter Alice was born he
asked her mother what she would name the baby. He said, "Name
her anything but Hazel." Why? "Because with all the names in the
Bible you don't want to name your kid after a nut!" He once
offered to share a donut with Alice - he'd keep the donut, and
she'd get the hole.
Tuesday, November 21, 1961 in Oakland, California at the age of
82, and was buried at St. Joseph's Cemetery in San Pablo,
California. He was survived by his wife, three sons, and eight
Thursday, Nov. 23, 1961
STORE CREDIT MANAGER DIES
J. Carey, 82, long time credit manager with the City of Paris
department store in San Francisco, died in Oakland Tuesday.
at 3040 Halcyon Court and is survived by his wife, Mae; three
sons, John Jr., Thomas I. and James A.; two brothers, seven
grandchildren, and one great-grandchildren.
Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. tomorrow and a Mass will be
celebrated at St. Augustine's Church at 9 a.m. Saturday. The
Berkeley Hills Chapel at 1600 Shattuck Ave. is in charge of
J., in Oakland, November 21, 1961, of 3040 Halcyon Court,
Berkeley, beloved husband of Mae H. Carey; loving father of
John J. Carey Jr. of El Cerrito, Thomas I. Carey of San
Francisco and James A. Carey of Pleasant Hill; brother of
Patrick Carey of Chicago, Illinois, and Thomas A. Carey of
Long Beach; grandfather of Mrs. James Piper of Piedmont,
Patrick T. Carey of Berkeley, Mrs. Robert Barcklay of San
Francisco, James M. Carey of El Cerrito, Charles, Alice and
Patrick Carey of Pleasant Hill; great-grandfather of Patricia
Marie Carey of Berkeley. A native of Illinois; aged 82 years.
Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral
Saturday, November 25, leaving at 8:30 a.m. from the Berkeley
Hills Chapel, 1600 Shattuck Avenue at Cedar, Berkeley, thence
to St. Augustine's Church at Alcatraz and Dana Streets, where
a Mass of Requiem will be celebrated for the repose of his
soul, commencing at 9 a.m. Recitation of the Rosary Friday at
8 p.m. Interment, St. Joseph's Cemetery.
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