Bay County Building
515 Center Avenue
Bay City, Michigan 48708-5941

Honoring James T. Carbary


With great sadness, I want to share that Bay County lost a true community activist this week. Mr. James T. Carbary passed away peacefully at his home on January 19th surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Carbary was an honorable man who dedicated his life to serving others. He spent 21 years in the U.S. Army as a First Sergeant and served in active duty in the Korean War. He served as a scout master for many years and was instrumental in the Fourth of July Parade Committee in Bay County. Additionally, Mr. Carbary served as a Commander of the VFW Post 6950 where he made it his mission to raise money to provide free swimming for children at the Bay County Community Center Swimming Pool in the summer as well as fund free swimming for autistic children at the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA. Along with his devoted wife Nancy, Mr. Carbary was a fierce advocate for children and wanted to ensure that all children in our community had an opportunity to get outside and enjoy their summer vacation in the pool surrounded by their friends.

Mr. Carbary was a long time personal friend of mine and I cannot thank him enough for his generosity and dedication to our community. Bay County is a better place because of his thoughtfulness and commitment to enhancing the lives of children. We are forever grateful.

May you rest in peace, Jim.


Jim Barcia, Bay County Executive.