George G. Carey, 78, a longtime resident of Tenants Harbor died peacefully in his sleep March 2, 2013.

Carey, who grew up in Princeton, N.J., attended Princeton Country Day School, South Kent School in Connecticut, Middlebury College and held a Ph.D. from Indiana University.

Folklore was his specialty because, he once explained, “What other profession pays you to sit on a bench outside a general store, chatting with the occupants?” While teaching at the University of Maryland, he published the book "Maryland Folklore," one of several he would publish. Carey later joined the English department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and, while there, served as Maryland’s State Folklorist in 1974-75.

Carey retired from UMass to reside year round at his summer residence of Tenants Harbor. There, with his hives of bees — “my thousand employees” — his chain saws, John Deere tractors and two ancient trucks, he settled into life as a tender of forests and a clearer of land — never far from the water which served as a backdrop for Carey’s life: messing about in boats as a child, sailing his Concordia yawl or rowing his Alden shell.

He is survived by his wife, Susan, former wife Deborah Pease, daughter Merritt, son-in-law Chris Jones, sister Nan Carey, brother James (Tim) Carey and his grandchildren, Liam, 10, Madeleine, 6, and Grace, 2.

A memorial service will be held this summer.