"He was an inspirational man" - Tributes paid to D-Day hero and MBE Phil Carey

D-Day hero and MBE Phil Carey dies aged 92

D-Day hero and MBE Phil Carey dies aged 92

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A D-DAY hero who was recently honoured for his role in the battle has died at the age of 92.

Phil Carey, MBE, who landed on Utah Beach with the Royal 2nd Tactical Airforce, passed away at Poole Hospital this morning.

He was a former Bournemouth and Dorset County Councillor, a stalwart of Boscombe Salvation Army and, for many years, the organiser of the Daily Echo’s Toy Appeal.

News of his death sparked tributes from council and community leaders.

Bournemouth council leader Cllr John Beesley said: “This is very sad news and my condolences go to his family at this difficult time. On behalf of everyone at Bournemouth Council I would like to pay tribute to the great work he has done for the town, both during his time as a Bournemouth councillor and since then with his work in the voluntary and community sector.

“He was an inspirational man and will be sorely missed.”

And Royal Bournemouth Hospital tweeted: “Very sad to hear news today that our former governor Phil Carey has passed away. Our condolences to his family.”

Mr Carey, who lived in Southbourne, had been in hospital recovering from an operation after breaking his hip. He had been making a good recovery but his health deteriorated last week.

Just over a fortnight ago, he was one of several Normandy veterans honoured with French commemorative medals at a special ceremony at Christchurch Civic Offices.

This added to the five medals he earned for his wartime service with the RAF and a D-Day badge of honour from the French Government.

He was awarded the MBE last year for his charity work and recently published his memoirs ‘Memoirs of an Ordinary Londoner.’

This details his early life in Tottenham before he came to Bournemouth in 1941 as an RAF conscript. He later moved to the town in 1978 with his late wife Olive.

He served on Bournemouth council between May 1995 and May 2003 and was also a keen Rotarian and a leading Salvationist, involved with the Boscombe, Poole and Winton corps.

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12:09pm Tue 15 Jul 14

bmthgirl64 says...

He will be missed... a lovely gentle man who was a friend to me.
He will be missed... a lovely gentle man who was a friend to me. bmthgirl64
  • Score: 18

1:13pm Tue 15 Jul 14

hamworthygirl says...

RIP to an amazing gentleman we owe so much to the likes of him.
RIP to an amazing gentleman we owe so much to the likes of him. hamworthygirl
  • Score: 14

1:27pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Townee says...

RIP, all the good ones are dying. I just hope the younger generation can live up to what he achieved.
RIP, all the good ones are dying. I just hope the younger generation can live up to what he achieved. Townee
  • Score: 9

1:31pm Tue 15 Jul 14

cliffhouse says...

Andrew Gosling (Owner) Tim Seward (General Manager) and the team here at Cliff House Hotel send their deepest condolences & sympathy to the family of MBE Phil Carey. It was a privilege to have invited Phil to our opening just over a month ago. A true gentleman who will be missed.
Andrew Gosling (Owner) Tim Seward (General Manager) and the team here at Cliff House Hotel send their deepest condolences & sympathy to the family of MBE Phil Carey. It was a privilege to have invited Phil to our opening just over a month ago. A true gentleman who will be missed. cliffhouse
  • Score: 8

2:59pm Tue 15 Jul 14

pete woodley says...

Deapest sympathy from Peter and Pamela Woodley.
Deapest sympathy from Peter and Pamela Woodley. pete woodley
  • Score: 5

4:17pm Tue 15 Jul 14

ianexams says...

May you Rest in Peace a gentleman who always help the Community.
May you Rest in Peace a gentleman who always help the Community. ianexams
  • Score: 4

5:16pm Tue 15 Jul 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

A remarkable man and I'm shocked at his passing.As a man and a councillor he cared for everyone he represented.i remember him saying during the time of SRB3, ' you've all done very well'. and so did he in life for himself and others.
A remarkable man and I'm shocked at his passing.As a man and a councillor he cared for everyone he represented.i remember him saying during the time of SRB3, ' you've all done very well'. and so did he in life for himself and others. politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: 8

5:43pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Paul Weaver says...

I had the pleasure of knowing Phil when I was invloved with a few projects he was involved with. Phil was a true gent and one who did so much for our community.

I wish the Carey family well and am sorry to hear that you have lost him.
I had the pleasure of knowing Phil when I was invloved with a few projects he was involved with. Phil was a true gent and one who did so much for our community. I wish the Carey family well and am sorry to hear that you have lost him. Paul Weaver
  • Score: 4

10:50pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Yankee1 says...

'A Life Well Led'.

Can there be a finer tribute?
'A Life Well Led'. Can there be a finer tribute? Yankee1
  • Score: 3

9:45am Wed 16 Jul 14

Lee Foord says...

Phil and I were colleagues on the Council of Governors at RBH. I am very sorry to hear of his passing. He was a perfect Gentleman.
Lee Foord
Phil and I were colleagues on the Council of Governors at RBH. I am very sorry to hear of his passing. He was a perfect Gentleman. Lee Foord Lee Foord
  • Score: 1

6:39pm Wed 16 Jul 14

philarys says...

Phil will be greatly missed by so many people for his care, kindness, thoughtfulness, hard work and fun. In Salvation Army terms you have been 'Promoted to Glory'. Thank you for your friendship Phil, we will miss you! xx
Our love to the family.

Phil and Hilary Everest
Phil will be greatly missed by so many people for his care, kindness, thoughtfulness, hard work and fun. In Salvation Army terms you have been 'Promoted to Glory'. Thank you for your friendship Phil, we will miss you! xx Our love to the family. Phil and Hilary Everest philarys
  • Score: 1

11:18am Thu 17 Jul 14

jjbutterfly says...

The Butterfly Foundation were very sad to hear that Trustee, Phil Carey passed away on Tuesday 15 July 2014, aged 92.

Phil Carey was first introduced to The Butterfly Foundation in 2009, when we were invited to The Mayor’s Parlour as guests of The Mayor, Councillor Beryl Baxter. Phil became a great supporter and advocate of The Butterfly Foundation and was voted in as a Trustee in 2011 until the present day.

The Butterfly’s and their children have special memories of Phil as our very own Father Christmas! And his amazing efforts of organising the Daily Echo Xmas Toy Appeal, of which Butterfly children were chosen as some of the beneficiaries.

We thank Phil for all his support and contribution towards The Butterfly Foundation over the years and he will be sadly missed by us all.
The Butterfly Foundation were very sad to hear that Trustee, Phil Carey passed away on Tuesday 15 July 2014, aged 92. Phil Carey was first introduced to The Butterfly Foundation in 2009, when we were invited to The Mayor’s Parlour as guests of The Mayor, Councillor Beryl Baxter. Phil became a great supporter and advocate of The Butterfly Foundation and was voted in as a Trustee in 2011 until the present day. The Butterfly’s and their children have special memories of Phil as our very own Father Christmas! And his amazing efforts of organising the Daily Echo Xmas Toy Appeal, of which Butterfly children were chosen as some of the beneficiaries. We thank Phil for all his support and contribution towards The Butterfly Foundation over the years and he will be sadly missed by us all. jjbutterfly
  • Score: 1

11:25am Sat 19 Jul 14

The Gales says...

We have known Phil for many years and his late wife, Olive. We knew Phil from his association with the Salvation Army. He told us about his work with other organisations and it was obvious that his Christian principles helped him in his work for them.

No words can adequately express our feelings but we thank God for a great man and send our sympathy to his family.

Barbara, Norman & Tracey Gale
We have known Phil for many years and his late wife, Olive. We knew Phil from his association with the Salvation Army. He told us about his work with other organisations and it was obvious that his Christian principles helped him in his work for them. No words can adequately express our feelings but we thank God for a great man and send our sympathy to his family. Barbara, Norman & Tracey Gale The Gales
  • Score: 1

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