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Joseph F. Casey

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Casey, Joseph F. BABCOCK LAKE Joseph F. Casey, 80, of Babcock Lake, passed into eternal rest on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at Samaritan Hospital in Troy surrounded by his loving family. Born in Troy, Joe was the son of the late Dennis and Mary O'Kelly Casey and loving and devoted husband of Lorraine Magill Casey. Joe graduated from Catholic Central High School in Troy in 1950 and served his country in two tours of duty in Korea as a member of the U.S. Air Force. Joe met Lorraine at Proctors Theater in Troy when he was 14 and she was 13. Joe was trying to woo Lorraine's girlfriend, but when it was time to go home and the other girl had to take a bus, he decided to take Lorraine home, a mere two-block walk. The rest is history. Their romance during the next four years was limited to summers when they each went back to their respective high schools other interests got in the way. On November 17, 1956, Joe and Lorraine were married at St. Patrick's Church in Troy. They resided in Troy for several years becoming summer residents of Babcock Lake from 1965 to 1972, when they moved there permanently. Joe attended Hudson Valley Community College and while there he was president of the student body when he was a senior. He was the organizer and first president of the alumni association, was the first graduate of HVCC to serve on the board of trustees, was involved in the construction of the Student Center and later became an instructor of building trades and construction, winning four service awards. He retired in 1995 as an associate professor. Joe and Lorraine are proud parents of Colleen, Michael (Celine), Scott (Kathy), Patty (Mark Grady), David, Erin, Daryl (Bill Dawson) and John (Sarah). They have six granddaughters, 11 grandsons and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Ann (late Ray) Quinn of Troy; his brother, Sherman, and his wife, Judy Casey of Baltimore; and his sister-in-law, Marge Casey of Sarasota, Fla. He was predeceased by his mother, Mary, and his brothers, Dennis and Patrick. Joe will always be remembered for the long and devoted care of his mother Mary, for the way he came to life at the end of meetings with his humorous stories, for the original name he gave his dog, "Comeer" (come here), and for the hours and hours he put into the building process of his church, St. John Francis Regis "Our Lady of Snow." Joe was a man of many hats: he was an usher, lecturer, a eucharistic minister, past president of the parish council, chairman of the building committee and a member of the buildings and grounds committee and a trustee of the parish. Joe was involved in politics and became Rensselaer County Republican Party chairman from 1965 to 1969. He was a delegate to the1968 national convention in Miami, and he served as sergeant-at-arms for the New York State Assembly from 1968 to 1970. Joe was a foreman and construction supervisor for the Rensselaer County highway department, and in 1964 was its superintendent. At the department's distinguished service awards banquet he was noted as the youngest highway superintendent on record in the nation . . . directing a complete study of the county highway system . . . repaving and rebuilding, repairing and replacing antiquated bridges . . . all county highways are now striped for the first time . . . the amount of serious traffic accidents in Rensselaer County's history has been reduced by over 300% since Mr. Casey's tenure . . . " Joe also served on the board of directors for the Troy Kiwanis, Junior Chamber of Commerce (Man of the Year), Station Association of Highway Superintendents, Rensselaer County Red Cross, Babcock Lake Property Association, and the Babcock Lake Estates Association. He was also member of the Brunswick Elks and the VFW Sullivan Jones Post in Poestenkill. The funeral service for Joe will be held on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Snow Church in Grafton (St. John Francis Regis) where a Mass of Christian Death and Burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to attend and may call at the church on Sunday from 3 to 8 p.m. Interment with military honors will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery in Troy. In lieu of flowers, Joe would desire that you make a memorial contribution to St. John Francis Regis Church, (checks should be made out to Our Lady of the Snow Church ) 31 Owens Road, Grafton, NY 12082. Arrangements by the Wm. Leahy Funeral Home.
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Published in Albany Times Union on July 13, 2013
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