Barry Lee Carey MD

September 28, 1958April 5, 2021
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Barry Lee Carey, MD, age 62, of Sarasota, Florida passed away on Monday, April 5, 2021.

A visitation for Barry will be held Monday, April 12, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Palms Memorial Park, 170 Honore Ave, Sarasota, FL 34232. A Funeral Mass will occur Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Saint Martha Catholic Church, 200 N Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236.

He is survived by his beloved wife of over 41 years, Cynthia J Carey; children Julie Ionta (Tracy) of New Castle, PA, Jeremiah Carey (Francesca) of Orlando, FL and Whitney Mariah Vichiett (Murilo) of New Castle, PA; Mother-in-law Jean Harris of Barberton, OH; grandchildren James and Elena Carey; sisters Wanda Hasty (Paris), Gail Walker (Dennis), Lisa Martin; and many wonderful nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by parents Mary Francis Sellers and Warner Burt Carey and father-in law Donald K Harris. He is also survived by sister- in-law Christina Halchak, brothers-in law Timothy Harris and Donald E Harris (Judy) of Barberton, OH.

Barry L Carey was born September 28, 1958 in Atlanta, GA. Upon graduation from South Fulton High School in College Park, Georgia, he attended Apostolic Bible Institute where he met the love of his life. He graduated in the summer of 1979 with a Bachelor of Theology degree, and he and Cynthia were married on October 20, 1979. He served as a pastor in various churches in Wisconsin, Georgia, Ohio and Pennsylvania, where he impacted many lives. In addition to serving and shepherding his congregants and whomever was in need, he was always there for his children. He was a loving father and encouraged his children in their academics and hobbies, coaching and tutoring and showing up for their many activities.

In his late 30s, Barry decided to make a career change, and to serve people in another capacity, as a physician. He completed pre-medical studies at Wilkes University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in 1997. He attended Pennsylvania State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA and graduated with a Doctorate of Medicine in 2000. He did his Emergency Medicine Residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, FL from 2000-2003, followed by 8 years as an Emergency Physician at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland, FL. During this time, he participated in a Medical Missionary trip to Honduras, taught classes on art and theology, and taught as an Adjunct Professor at Warner University. Barry loved reading, learning and writing and furthered his studies at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. He received a Master of Arts in Theology from Biola University in 2010. Starting in 2015, he was an attending Emergency Physician with Locum Tenens at various hospitals in Florida, Maine and Wisconsin. Most recently, he was an Emergency Physician with Marshfield Clinic in Neillsville, Wisconsin.

Dr. Carey was a man of faith and he earnestly followed God throughout his life. His life long journey of seeking truth led him to join the Catholic Church on Easter of 2018. He was an avid Atlanta Braves and University of Georgia Bulldogs fan. He was a lifelong learner, and followed his many passions with enthusiasm. He was a voracious reader, writer, philosopher and theologian, singer, musician, sailor, athlete, art lover, handyman, craftsman, scuba diver, chef, world traveler and adventurer. He sponsored numerous children for over 15 years through Compassion International. He studied the works of CS Lewis through the CS Lewis Institute at Oxford University and Cambridge.

He was the captain of SV Beatitude and SV Saint Brendan, where he and Cynthia lived aboard and traveled with the motto “Traveling this orb with a sense of awe and wonder which is grounded in the reality of a world full of meaning, beauty, and goodness.” They sailed the Intracoastal Waterway of the Eastern United States, circumnavigated the Caribbean Islands and sailed to Columbia and Panama. He was crew on a sailboat for a 3,000 mile 19-day passage across the Pacific to the South Pacific isle of Hiva Oa. He and his wife have traveled to all 50 states. They traveled by RV across the United States to many National Parks, hiking, camping and enjoying God’s natural beauty. His travels also included all across Europe, the Middle East and Russia.

In death, he continued saving and serving others as an organ donor. He will be missed tremendously by many, but his legacy of love and living life to the fullest will live on in our hearts. What an amazing man of God heaven has gained. Cynthia will be establishing a scholarship fund in his name to continue his legacy of giving and learning in the near future.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Carey family.


  • Visitation

    Monday, April 12, 2021

  • Sharing of Memories

    Monday, April 12, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021


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Jeremy Carey

April 20, 2021

On Monday my parents came down and spent the day with me and the kids. My dad wrestled with James, we went for a walk, and Elena reached out and held his hand for the first time. He was in town for a couple of days of pickle ball, his latest pastime. He had just lost 30 pounds. The seeming picture of health. A few hours later, he was suddenly gone.

My dad was my hero for as long as I can remember. Though we came not always to see everything eye to eye, he was still my hero. He was an amazing man, always learning and evolving, but always grounded in his faith and love for his family. Everything that is good in me I copied from him. What hurts the most is knowing James won’t have such an example of a godly man around and won’t grow up with the love and affection of his Pappous.

Please pray for his repose and for my family, especially my mom.

Justin Argabright

April 20, 2021

What can I say about my friend Barry Carey. I am not one who makes close friends easily. Barry L Carey and I worked more than 40 years on that bridge and it held up to under some very heavy loads. From the early days of being neighboring bi-vocational pastors, leading the Pennsylvania District Youth Ministry together, and then taking separate paths as our denomination became less accepting of different view points, we just kept building the bridge although at a much slower pace. Barry decided a career change was the best path for he and his family and entered the medical field becoming an ER Doctor at one of the busiest ER’s in the country. However, he continued his quest for a deeper understanding of God and what it means to be a Christ follower. Social media kept us connected and occasionally we would test the bridge with another load. Philosophical questions, family issues, and then my decision to leave the denomination all went over. My wife Shera Shafer Argabright said it best, Barry had that rare combination of exceptional intelligence and common sense and I could ask a question and get an opinion that just kept things in perspective. When Barry “retired” from his full time medical practice and moved aboard SV Beatitude he invited us to sail with he and Cindy, trips we would never have taken and places we never would have seen without his adventurous spirit. One of my bucket list goals was “I am learning to sail.” Barry made a dream come true that I had held in mind since Jr. High. A little over two years ago he called and said, “I bought another boat!” He asked me to sail SV Saint Brendan to St. Thomas with him, a trip of 1,700 miles over open ocean. Barry could get you to do that, try things you had never tried before. I had complete confidence in his ability as a Captain to handle the boat AND me for two weeks on the ocean. Monday April 5, 2021 Barry L. Carey answered the call of the deep again. Travel well my friend, fair winds and following seas.

Rickey Johnson

April 20, 2021

when we where kids we played picture and catcher together. Our dads took us to watch the atlanta Braves play a couple of times. We where not real close be first cousins .we always lived far apart.every once and while I'd see him but we lost touch over the years. I never told him that I was proud of him. He accomplished a lot. The world lost one of the best. Its a shame. REST IN PEACE ill always remember you.

Merritt Ray Dimbath.

April 20, 2021

Cindy, oh my goodness at just age 62 you lost the love of your life, Barry. I think God decided to call him Home early to celebrate Barry’s wonderful life and what he meant to so many, especially the lives of those he saved working as a Doctor in the ER at Lakeland Regional Hospital. I know at least once he received an award from LRH for his ER service. And Barry, never stopped being a blessing to others especially with Apologetics classes at HPN Church and then later on Monday evenings at your home. And it appealed to such a wide age, from teenagers to senior citizens. As I’ve mentioned many times before to you, I sure miss you and Barry not being in Lakeland anymore. When I drive down Clubhouse Road, 540, and by the community where you both lived, I think I’ll just go in and see Barry and Cindy for a minute, then I smile and say to myself, “oh, they are not there any more.” Cindy, I’m so glad you have such a wonderful family and friends to support you during this difficult time. May God be with you. Ray.
Numbers 6:24-26.

Patricia Kantola-Gefroh

April 19, 2021


May these words ol love and admiration comfort your heart.

As s you have said, it was not possible to say Good-bye to Barry, but many times you said, I love you. You gave Barry your love and adoration, what more could a husband desire.

Living a life without regrets is such a sweet reward.

I am sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Julie Ionta

April 17, 2021

💔 we suddenly and unexpectedly lost my dad. My dad has always inspired me. He has given me a love of learning and knowledge, curiosity, the courage to examine and question things honestly, a desire to achieve, love of sports and competing, and a love of adventure. He was my basketball, tennis, softball coach, my tutor and loving dad.
I will never be as competitive as we both were when my dad and I were competing, but he was also my greatest coach and cheerleader.
Early in my adulthood we couldn’t see eye to eye, but with time we both endeavored to accept each other’s differences because we loved each other so much. He meant so much to me. I’m so grateful he and mom included me and Tracy in so many beautiful adventures and travels. We sailed together or would meet up with them wherever their adventures were. We fished, sailed, snorkeled, had a lot of great food and drinks, sang together, played together. We had many more adventures planned and he had more to teach, but I’ll forever treasure the time we had. I’m so thankful he followed his dreams and lived life to the fullest, and I’m grateful for the beautiful love he and my mom have shared for over 40 years. Please keep my mom in your thoughts and prayers.

Tammi Oliver

April 16, 2021

I'm so grateful I had the opportunity to really get to know Barry and Cindy several years ago when my parents started wintering in Lakeland. They went all over Florida with my mom and dad, going out to dinner, on the boat, fishing, movies, Braves camp, you name it. When I came to Florida to visit, I jumped on the bandwagon and joined the group.

I had many great conversations with Barry and enjoyed his insight and knowledge on so many topics. I so enjoyed his kindness, hospitality, cooking, and wonderful sense of humor.

The Carey's are two of the finest people I've ever met. They were a dynamic couple who complemented each other beautifully. Their mutual love for the Lord blessed so many with their kindness and sweet spirits.

Cindy, I am praying for you and your family that God gives you peace and strength as you accept your "new normal". I love you and hope to see you soon.

Nancy Riegler

April 16, 2021


Jonathan Halchak

April 15, 2021

Throughout my life, in addition to my dad, I've been lucky to be blessed with numerous father figures. One of them was Barry L Carey (aka uncledad) who unexpectedly passed a few days ago. He was a good man who loved his family and inspired me in many ways. He provided a real-life example showing it was never too late to keep learning and to make decisions that might dramatically alter your life, like becoming a doctor later in life, and that it can pay off.

I don't know that his more extreme sense of adventure rubbed off on me but looking back most of my travels — whether taking trips to visit them in youth, going on family vacations, or traveling all over the US in adulthood to go to conferences with Jeremiah and him — happened in large part because of him. I was never convinced to sail around the ocean in their boat but was glad to know we were always welcome.

He loved his family and always looked after my mother Christy, for which I'm eternally grateful, and gave her the opportunity to travel around and experience the world. Our kids love him and Cynthia like an extra set of grandparents and I'm not excited to break the news to them. Please keep his wife and children and grandchildren, along with the rest of our family, in your thoughts and prayers. I hope we get to meet again on the other side of the eschaton and, if that's possible, that you tell gramps hi.

Jean Harris

April 15, 2021

After being in our family 42 years an so much love an help, an being with me
when my husband passed away, it's really hard to say GOODBYE here, but