The Rev. Dr. Edson Ellwood Carey, 83, former pastor of the Johnstown Presbyerian Church, died on Sept. 28, at St. Mary's Hospital, Madison, Wis.
He was born in Tunknannock, Pa., to Harrison and Justina Carey and graduated from high school there. Later, he received a BA degree from Grove City College, a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary.
During his career, Woody served Presbyterian churches in Cumberland, Md., Barton, Md., Falls Church, Va., Painted Post, N.Y., Johnstown, N.Y. In 1985, he began his last pastorate at Parkside Presbyterian Church in Madison, Wis., where he was named pastor emeritus upon retirement.
During his career, Woody was very active in the work of the regional and denominational Presbyterian church. He was moderator of Geneva and Albany Presbyteries, chaired the Youth Committee of the Synod and served for many years on ministerial relations committees.
Following his retirement from the active ministry, Woody served the Wisconsin Council of Churches as the administrator for its AIDS Caring Community Program.
Over his lifetime, Woody was active in community service. In Johnstown, he was instrumental in the development of the Meals on Wheels Program and in establishing a ministry to jails. He was a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the East Madison Community Center.
During his retirement years, Woody was a member of the Red Cross Education Committee as well as being an HIV/AIDS instructor and trainer in high schools, at the University of Wisconsin and at churches all over the state. He made several trips to Africa as an instructor for HIV Science in Johannesburg, Capetown, Durban and Pretoria.
In 2010, Woody was named Man of the Year by the New Harvest Foundation of Madison, of which he had served as co-chairman for several years.
Woody will be remembered by many as a person who touched countless peoples' lives and made them better, as a man with a big smile, a kind word and compassionate ear.
He is survived by his former wife and best friend, Ruth Carey of Johnstown; his two sons, Scott (Liz) Carey and David (Kerrie) Carey of Gloversville, N.Y.; and his five granddaughters, Nicole, Autumn, Abbie, Willow and Echo Carey.
A memorial service to celebrate Woody's life will be held on Saturday, October 20, at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 37 S. Market St., Johnstown. Those who wish to make memorial contributions may send them to Convenant Presbyterian Church, 326 S. Segoe Road, Madison, WI 53705 or to the New Harvest Foundation, P.O. Box 1786, Madison, WI 53701-1786.