Sunday, November 13, 2011

The North Country Losses a Great Man


Gerald F. Casey, 74, Watertown, and a summer resident of Cape Vincent, died Thursday, Nov. 10, at Samaritan Keep Home where he had resided since April 2009.

A memorial Mass will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Holy Family Church with Rev. Steven Murray officiating. As per his wishes, he is donating his body to Upstate Medical Center.

Burial in St. Vincent of Paul Cemetery, Cape Vincent, will be at a later date.

Arrangements are with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.

Born Sept. 7, 1937, in Syracuse, the son of Harold B. and Madeline O'Donnell Casey, he graduated from Most Holy Rosary School, Syracuse, received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Syracuse University, and his BS in Business Administration from State University of New York.

He married Marlene A. Docteur on Oct. 5, 1979, in Watertown.

From 1975 until his retirement in 1994 as building superintendent, he worked at the Dulles State Office Building, Watertown. He was appointed to this position under the Gov. Carey administration and reappointed under the Gov. Cuomo administration.

Mr. Casey was a communicant of Holy Family Church and a member of the Celebration Singers.

The couple lived in Watertown and were summer residents of Cape Vincent.

He was very involved with the Watertown Chamber of Commerce, being a past president, a member of the board of directors, a representative to T. I. Council, and chairman of the tourism committee. He was a founding member of the Irish Fest and very active with Project Children.

He was a member and past president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division #1, Watertown and a former chairman of the town of Champion Democratic Committee. He participated in Third Wave Productions, a community theater group, and served on the board of directors for Seaway Trail Foundation.
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