Press Release

Flags in Waterville to fly at half-staff Tuesday for deceased former legislator, veteran, mayor

AUGUSTA – Gov.Paul R. LePage has directed that all State of Maine flags in the City of Waterville to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, July 23, in honor of Richard J. “Spike” Carey, 84, of Belgrade, who died on Friday, July 19, with his family by his side at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Augusta.

Carey was a former Maine Senator, Representative, mayor of Waterville and veteran.

He was Waterville’s longest-serving mayor, having served eight years, from 1970 to 1978. During this time, he also represented the citizens of Waterville in the Maine House of Representatives from 1967 to 1978. He then served as the director of the Maine State Lottery from 1978 to 1985.

Soon after moving to Belgrade,  Carey served 16 months as Belgrade’s first town manager when the town changed its local governing structure in 1989. He also served on the Board of Selectmen until his retirement. During this time, he also served in the State Senate representing Belgrade and surrounding towns from 1990 to 1998.

If the Maine State and United States flags are flown on the same staff, it is appropriate to affix the Maine State flag with a black ribbon to denote mourning in lieu of lowering.


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