Brian Carey, 36

Brian Michael Carey, age 36, of Las Vegas, formerly of Sturgis, Mich., died Friday, March 27, 2009, in Las Vegas due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident which also took the life of his loving wife Tracey.

He was born Dec. 2, 1972, in Kalamazoo, Mich., a son to Daniel and Shirley (Philpott) Carey.

Brian had been residing in Las Vegas since June of 2008, when he enrolled as a junior at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas in the actuarial science program. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he had lived in Tampa, Fla., and his early life was spent in Sturgis where he first graduated from Holy Angels Catholic School with the class of 1986 and later graduated from Sturgis High School with the class of 1990.

On July 4, 2005, he married Tracey Wyman in Key West Fla.

Brian had attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Glen Oaks Community in Centreville and Hillsboro Community College in Tampa, Fla. He owned and operated a pool maintenance and service company in Tampa and for many years had worked as an assistant manager at several Tampa area Pizza Hut Restaurants.

While a student at Sturgis High School, Brian excelled as a cross country runner and was a member of state qualifying teams. He also was a member of the Sturgis track team and his senior year finished second in the two-mile race at the countywide track meet. Brian was a past president of the Sturgis High School Key Club. In his younger years, he participated in the Youth Soccer program for six years and played Little League baseball.

Brian was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sturgis. He was an avid reader and true sports fan and loved to play Fantasy Football. He and Tracey were season ticket holders for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL football team and the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL hockey team.

Brian is survived by his parents, Daniel and Shirley Carey of White Pigeon; step-son, Nicholas R. Wyman of Tampa, Fla.; grandmother, Letha Philpott of Hastings;  aunts and uncles, Diana Reis of Temperance, Marilyn and Jesse Hurst of Paris, Kentucky, Robert and Fran Carey of Kalkaska, James and Neva Carey of Paw Paw, Louise and Rick Gemmell of Heath, Ohio and John Carey of Kalamazoo; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Tracey; and grandparents, John Carey, Marian (Ryan) Carey and Samuel E. Philpott.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes, Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 651-2331. The Funeral Mass Celebrating the lives of Brian and Tracey Carey will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sturgis. The Rev. Father Richard Altine will officiate. A graveside committal will follow the service at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers memorial donations be directed to the Food Bank of South Central Michigan, P.O. Box 408, Battle Creek, MI 49016. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.

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