CASEY, MD., JAMES THOMAS
Ocala - James Thomas Casey, MD of Ocala passed away Monday, April 7th at Ocala Regional Medical Center while surrounded by his loving wife and family.
Dr. Casey was born in Concord, MA and raised throughout New England, primarily Cavendish, VT. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1961. He is an alumni of Albany Medical College. After his medical residency in Pittsburg, MA, he joined the U.S. Air Force where he was a flight surgeon in the 47th TAC Fighter squadron, stationed at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL. His Pediatric residency was completed at the University of Florida, Shands Teaching Hospital in 1971.
Dr. Casey began his pediatric practice in Ocala where he served the children and families of the area for 33 years. He always preferred the company of children to adults and would stay open well into the evening to see a sick child or worried parent. During his career and continuing after retirement, he worked diligently with the Department of Health and Children's Medical Services. He was a humbly devoted Catholic and was honored to use his medical skills to assist in the church's Uganda Mission.
History, literature, music and nature were his passions. Playing Trivial Pursuit against him was futile if you were one who hates to lose. Oreos and chocolate cake had no chance if he was within smelling distance. He loved to wander fields and forests in search of Florida artifacts. As an armchair athlete, he cheered for the Boston Red Sox and the Florida State Seminoles. Those who were lucky enough to know him personally knew of his love of practical jokes.
In 1963 he married his "Lovey," Sylvia Leduc. Together they raised four children, Karen Wilson, Allyson Casey, James G. Casey and Jennifer Hunt, all of whom reside in Florida. He adored his eleven grandchildren: Abby Waldrum, Lyda Wilson, Hannah Wilson, Austin Casey, Allyson B. Casey, Levi Casey, Noah Nickerson, Austin Cooper, Kenzie Hunt, Will Hunt and Charlie Hunt. His only sibling, William G. Casey, Jr. and his wife, Laurette reside in Ayer, MA. He has one remaining aunt, Sister Mary Joachim Casey, from Worchester, MA and recently celebrated her 106th birthday. He is survived by several sisters in law, cousins, nieces and nephews spread across the country.
Dr. Casey and his family welcome everyone to his viewing at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 910 S.E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470, on Sunday, April 13th from 2 pm until 4 pm and again 7 pm until 9 pm. His funeral will be held the following day Monday, April 14, 2014 at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church at 10 am with a reception after in the church hall. Private burial will be Tuesday at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.
Donations can be made in his name to Blessed Trinity Catholic Church Uganda Mission, 5 S. E. 17th Street, Ocala, FL 34471. Sentiments may be left online at: www.hiers-baxley.com.
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Apr. 10 to Apr. 11, 2014