Former Va. Chief Justice Carrico dies

Posted at 2:18 PM, Jan 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-27 14:29:38-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Virginia flags will be flown at half-staff to mark the death of former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia Harry Lee Carrico.

“Justice Carrico lived a life of public service. Born during World War I, his service, including that as Chief Justice, on Virginia’s Supreme Court spanned five decades – the longest tenure of any justice on Virginia’s highest judicial body,” Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell said in a statement. “When he stepped down after 42 years at the age of 86, it was reported that he continued to wake up at 4:15 a.m., bike six miles, and make it in to the office before 7:00 am, where he continued to serve as a senior justice.”

The governor said Carrico’s dedication and vigor for public service are attributes all Virginians should emulate.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Lynn, and his loved ones in this difficult time,” the governor said.