RICHMOND –Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Senior Justice Harry Lee Carrico, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. The Governor has ordered that the Virginia flag be flown at half-staff on all local, state, and federal buildings and grounds in Virginia until his burial.
“It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Senior Justice Harry Lee Carrico this morning. 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. 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. This incredible dedication, and an energy and vigor for public service are attributes that all Virginians should strive to emulate. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Lynn, and his loved ones in this difficult time.”