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John Casey

John Casey

Wednesday, May 22nd, 1935 - Sunday, June 30th, 2019
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With profound sadness and a heavy heart, the Casey family announces the passing of John W. Casey. Born May 22, 1935 in Saint John, NB., died June 30, 2019, Collingwod, ON. Son of Norman and Muriel Casey. John was the soul mate and longtime partner of Wilda Alford. Former husband and lifelong friend of Judy. He was an incredible father to Mike (Caroline) and Kellie (Erik). He was a proud and inspirational Gumpa to Chloe, Shayne, Larkin, Riley and Brodie. He loved his 5 grandchildren deeply and was forever fascinated with their lives and accomplishments. He had a very close and enduring bond with brother Ron (Angela) and sister Lorna (Tom). He was a caring uncle to Sue, Bob, Bill, Chris and Sarah. He loved all of his cats.

John lived an incredible life. He was a son, a brother, a husband, a father, an uncle, a grandfather and a cherished friend to many. Growing up in Toronto, he was a talented young athlete at Humberside Collegiate and an all-star University of Toronto football and hockey player, earning the George M. Biggs Memorial Trophy and the Johnny Copp Trophy. John played for the Toronto Argonauts for 4 seasons. He graduated from Engineering (’58) at U of T. He was a brilliant high school math teacher for 15 years, a football coach, a math textbook author, a builder of a family cottage and many houses. John was a thinker, a business owner, a project manager (Cranberry Village and Lighthouse Point), a pilot and a skier, skiing Blue Mountain nearly every winter day and enjoyed over 40 ski trips to Aspen with Ron and close friends. He was a man of many careers spanning his 84 years. Never constrained by the conventional yardsticks of society, he forged his own way in life, following his interests, curiosities and passions, always on his own terms.

He was perpetually inquisitive as to the origins of the universe. He had the gift of taking complicated subjects like the cosmos, calculus and life’s many challenges and making them simple. He read passionately, which fed his interests on a broad range of topics. John was extremely creative in many forms. Until his final days, he quoted poetry which held true meaning for him. John led by example and taught gently. He was extremely fair. His patience, intelligence, strength and kindness touched all those who knew him.
John was a tireless advocate for the humane treatment of all animals. He was a selfless human being. And funny!!

Despite numerous health challenges during the past 7 years, John dealt with each obstacle with quiet determination, optimism and never a complaint. He always recognized that someone else had it much worse. A favourite sentiment of his was often repeated:
“Never complain…..never explain….just live your life”

John will be deeply missed by his entire family and by all whose lives he touched.
In keeping with his wishes, there will be no formal funeral or memorial service.
A flower in John’s memory will be placed by the family in the Memory Lane Legacy Park on the ski hills of Blue Mountain.
If interested, donations in John’s memory can be made to:
Furry Friends, 833 Hurontario St., Collingwood L9Y 0G7 or a local charitable organization of your choice.
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Carolyn Williamson

Posted at 08:30pm
Dear Wilda & Family. So sorry for your loss.
John was the Best. He will always be one of my cherished memories of GTHS. His passion, heart and soul live forever in the walls of the building.
I still volunteer there and think of both of you often when recalling our beginnings & friendship. ❤☮Carolyn Williamson
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Adriana Martin

Posted at 07:42pm
My condolences to John Casey’s family. After reading the beautiful tribute to John Casey, I wanted to share my memories of Mr. Casey when I knew him as my Grade 13 trigonometry teacher at Western Tech in 1965/66. John Casey encouraged me to struggle through and complete my math credit in spite of the difficulties I was having with this subject. With his patience and encouragement I was able to pass trig allowing me to graduate and fulfill my dream of attending Teachers’ College and enjoy a career which I loved. Mr.Casey reminded our class of the privilege of getting an education. In addition to those things, this insightful man encouraged me to accept the prom invitation from a friend of mine who was in another of Mr. Casey’s Math classes. I followed his advice and ended up marrying my friend 48 years ago. John Casey was a kind and inspiring role model for us. He was a good judge of character and a wise man who literally changed my life through his wisdom and kindness.
Adriana Martin nee Musicco
Class of 1966 Western Tech
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Sandra Higgins

Posted at 02:43pm
Wilda, Mike, Kellie & families,
I was deeply saddened to read of John’s passing. He was without a doubt one of the finest people that I have had the pleasure to work with; John hired me to work in the sales office at Cranberry Village when I was only 21. He was a builder of people; a defender of many. The world is less kind without him. My sincerest condolences, Sandy Higgins
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