Cathryn V. Depuy

Catherine DepuyCathryn (Carey) Virginia Depuy, 18, of Ridgefield, Connecticut died tragically in a plane crash on Sunday, September 20, 2015 in Eaton, New York, near Colgate University, where she had matriculated only one month ago.

She was the cherished daughter of Cathleen and James Depuy, loving sister of Burke Depuy and the beloved granddaughter of Kathleen Wright of Rye, NY. 

Carey was born in Greenwich, Connecticut on Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, 1997 and lived in Ridgefield, Connecticut her entire life.  She attended Saint Mary School in Ridgefield from pre-K to eighth grade and graduated from Ridgefield High School in June 2015.  Carey’s acceptance to Colgate University represented the culmination of her college dream and she was looking forward to earning her undergraduate degree in Economics. 

Carey distinguished herself in academics and athletics while at Ridgefield High School and was an acknowledged leader in both school and community activities. She was on the Honor Roll throughout her high school career and was inducted as a member of the National Honor Society in her junior year.  She received the Academic Excellence Award in Honors English as a sophomore and was the recipient of the University of Michigan Book Award in her junior year.  Carey was the 2015 recipient of the Colonel Richard E. Romine Scholarship Award from the Ridgefield Marine Corps League, an award presented to those who have demonstrated excellence in academics, sports and leadership.   

Carey was a lacrosse team member at Ridgefield High School for four years and a cross country team member since her sophomore year. She was co-captain of both the women’s cross country team and lacrosse team in her senior year. In September 2014, Carey was named Scholar Athlete of the Month by the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference. “She was a very happy, outgoing, and inclusive person,” said Ridgefield women’s cross country head coach John Goetz about Carey. “She made friends with everyone on the team, whether they were her senior classmates or new freshmen. She always seemed to have the right words to make people happy and feel good about themselves. She wouldn’t just say “hi, how’s it going.” She’d stop and spend one or two minutes truly trying to find out how it was going. She really loved and cared about everyone around her.” In June 2015, Carey was awarded the Bryan C. McCarthy Spirit of the Game Award for lacrosse and was named a Scholar Athlete by the Ridgefield High School Athletic Advisory Council. At Colgate University, Carey was a new member of the women's cross country team. 

In addition to her high school academic achievements and athletic pursuits, Carey was the holder of a private pilot’s license. She also studied martial arts and was awarded a second degree black belt in Soo Bahk Do.  She volunteered at an assisted living facility, served as a tutor and worked in her parish at Saint Mary to organize clothing collections for the poor and homeless. 

Carey was a joyful, kind, enterprising and gifted young woman with a promising life ahead. Carey’s sudden death has left her immediate and extended family shocked and inconsolable.  She will be missed greatly. 

In addition to her parents, sister and maternal grandmother, Carey is survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins from both the Wright and Depuy families. 

Calling hours will be on Sunday, September 27, from 1 PM to 5 PM at Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, September 28, at 10 AM in St. Mary Church, 55 Catoonah St., Ridgefield.

Contributions in Carey's memory may be made to the

Carey V. Depuy Kindness Scholarship Fund

C/O Ridgefield High School - PTSA

700 North Salem Road

Ridgefield, CT 06877

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