THOMASTON — The town of Thomaston honored Henry “Hank” Carey with a parade in honor of his 88th birthday June 23, and for his life-long service to the community and the municipal government.

The parade featured the Thomaston Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services, Police Department, Public Works and many residents.

Carey is an active member of the community and has served on many municipal boards and committees throughout the years including the Academy Board of Trustees and the Budget Committee.

Carey and his wife Lucy have acted as ballot clerks in countless elections, and the two served as the Fourth of July parade marshal in 2013.

Carey is a veteran of the Korean War.

He was a teacher at the Thomaston Academy building for many years and has been active in multiple town clubs and organizations including the American Legion, the Masons and the Thomaston Federated Church.

The town dedicated its 2020-2021 annual report to Carey as well.

The report describes Carey as “a teacher, husband, father, veteran, friend, advisor, deacon, Mason, principal, coach, and town father.”

Further, the report calls Carey a calming voice of reason when discussing municipal issues. “He brings knowledge and wisdom to his passion for municipal government through his dedicated service.”

Henry Carey, center, with friends and family for his 88th birthday parade on June 23. Courtesy of Kara George

Thomaston Fire Department in the birthday parade for Henry Carey June 23. Courtesy of Kara George

Thomaston Fire Department vehicle in the parade for Henry Carey’s 88th birthday June 23. Courtesy of Kara George

 

Thomaston residents participate in the parade for Henry Carey’s 88th birthday June 23. Courtesy of Kara George

 

 

Thomaston Emergency Medical Services participate in Henry Carey’s 88th birthday parade June 23. Courtesy of Kara George