Richard J. “Spike” Carey, 84, a longtime legislator, alderman, mayor, selectman and town manager in Belgrade and Waterville, died Friday, according to his family.

Carey represented Waterville in the Maine House of Representatives from 1967 to 1978, and the state Senate from 1990 to 1998.

He served on the Waterville City Council for many years and was mayor from 1970 to 1978. He was town manager of Belgrade from 1989 to 1990 and was also a longtime selectman there.

Carey also served as director of the Maine State Lottery from 1978 to 1985, and said in a 1999 interview with a Bates College interviewer that he authored the law that created the Tri-State Megabucks game.

He was born in Waterville on Jan. 7, 1929, grew up in the city’s South End, and did not speak English until he was 12, according to the interviewer.

Waterville Councilor Fred Stubbert, D-Ward 1, said he remembered car pooling to the University of Maine with Carey when he was younger.

Stubbert said he remembered Carey as a bright and determined person.

“He’d set his mind to do something and he’d work until he got it done,” he said.

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