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Footprints: Retired Court of Appeal judge laid to rest

Published:Tuesday | June 2, 2015 | 6:00 AMAndrew Harris
Iskra left and Ruth Carey right, assist their mother Beverly Carey, to leave the Providence Methodist Church after the thanksgiving service for Justice Boyd Carey on Tuesday.

Family members and friends on Tuesday paid their last tributes to renowned retired Court of Appeal judge Boyd Humbert Glouster Carey, who died at his Florida home at age 85 on May 11.

For those in his rather large circle of friends who showed up at the Providence Methodist Church in Liguanea, St Andrew, for his memorial service, Carey was just an upright, honest, and caring man of integrity who stood firm for justice and discipline.

Born the first of five children, Carey grew up in the Cross Roads, Kingston, area with parents Rosamund Dixon and Percival Carey, who were both teachers.

He was educated at Kingston College (KC) and the University of London and served 32 years in the judiciary of the Caribbean as a judge of the Court of Appeal in Jamaica, The Bahamas, and Belize. He also sat as a judge of the Supreme Court and acted as arbitrator on many occasions and was also associate tutor for 25 years at the Normal Manley Law School.

He sat as a judge of appeals over The Cayman Islands in 1989-1993. Then in 1997, having had a long journey in the field of justice, retired from the Court of Appeal. He was recognised as one of the longest-serving judges of appeal in Jamaica.

Apart from his love for law, Carey was also a lover of cricket and tennis. His daughter, Michele Robinson, shared a little on the days when her father would sneak out as a youngster to play a game of cricket. Members of the Belize Bar Association also shared that he would always try to find a place where cricket was being played to watch the game and offer advice to the players. This is while he was serving in the Belize Courts of Appeal.

Carey, in his journey, had the strong support of his wife, Beverly, and his children, who all expressed deep sorrow but appreciated the exemplary father he was to them and the great friend to those who had the chance to share a courtroom with him.