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Daniel P. Casey

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BENNINGTON -- Daniel P. Casey, 85, a resident of Corbin Road, Hamden, Conn. and husband of Claire M. (LaCroix) Casey, died Thursday, May 20, 2004 at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington following a long illness.

Born in Albany, N.Y. March 16, 1919, he was the son of the late John and Mary (Maroney) Casey. He received his early education at Cathedral Academy in Albany and later at Villanova University where he received his bachelor’s degree.

He later received his master’s degree from SUNY Albany.

A World War II Navy veteran, Mr. Casey served in the Pacific for four years as an aviation ordnanceman.

Mr. and Mrs. Casey were married at Sacred Heart Church in Bennington on Feb. 17, 1947 by Mr. Casey’s brother, the Rev. William J. Casey, C.M.

Mr. Casey was a longtime educator and coach. His career began at Notre Dame High School in West Haven, Conn. where he taught and coached all sports. He later taught biology and served as head football coach at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. for more than 30 years until his retirement in 1981.

During the 1940s and ‘50s he was an outstanding athlete. He played baseball for the Bennington Generals prior to signing a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

While playing in the Phillies minor league system he fractured his ankle, ending his baseball career.

He was enshrined into the halls of fame at Cathedral High School in Albany, at Villanova University and by the Connecticut Coaches Association. He was also a member of the Yale-New Haven Gridiron Club.

He was a devout member of both St. Stephens Church and St. Rita’s Church in Hamden. Mr. Casey held memberships in the Knights of Columbus in Hamden, the New Haven Retired Teachers Association and the American Gaelic Community Association in East Haven.

He enjoyed music and singing at various functions. Mr. and Mrs. Casey traveled to Ireland three times where he enjoyed the music and culture.

Survivors include his wife Claire M. Casey of Hamden and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. Casey was predeceased by four sisters and brothers, Mary Casey, Ellen Casey, John Casey and the Rev. William Casey, C.M.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 9:30 a.m. with a prayer and from Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church at 10 a.m. where the liturgy of Christian death and burial will be offered.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. when the family will be in attendance.

The wake service will be offered Friday afternoon.

Burial will take place in the family lot in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Central Avenue, Colonie, N.Y. where committal services will be held Monday, May 24 at 11 a.m.

Contributions in Daniel P. Casey’s memory may be made to the Pregnancy Life Crisis Center through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 21, 2004
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