Edward J. Cassidy
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1921-2014 Edward J. Cassidy, 92, passed away on March 18, 2014 at his home in Venice, Florida. Mr. Cassidy was born on July 13, 1921, in Hamden, Connecticut, the son of Robert J. Cassidy and Elizabeth (McGrath) Cassidy. In 1923 he moved to Putney with his family when his father bought a dairy farm north of the village. When his mother died of tuberculosis a year later, his father insisted on keeping the family together and raising the young children. Mr. Cassidy walked over the hill to elementary school in East Putney and then attended St. Michael's School in Brattleboro before farming with his father and his brother, Robert Cassidy, Jr. Although eligible for a farming deferment from military service during World War II, he volunteered and joined the 82nd Airborne, parachuting into Europe and fighting in France and Germany. On January 25, 1945, he married Pauline Pratt, and they raised four children on the farm. After he stopped farming in the mid-1960's, he worked for the Experiment in International Living, retiring in 1992. Pauline passed away in 1974. In 1994, he married Muriel (Kenerson) Newton; they spent summers in Putney and winters in Venice, Florida. Mr. Cassidy devoted his life to his family, who adored him. He made friends wherever he went; he could see the funny side of almost any situation, and he had a gift for sharing stories about people he knew in Putney as well as his own life. He served as a member of the Putney Planning Commission and for many years as a Justice of the Peace. He enjoyed playing horseshoes and followed the Red Sox closely, criticizing their managers through victory and defeat and rejoicing in the team's World Series championships. He was predeceased by his brother Robert, Jr.; two sisters, Arleen Cassidy, who died in infancy, and Elizabeth Rice; and his grandson, Aaron Cassidy. He is survived by his wife and his four children -- James E. Cassidy of West Virginia; Daniel J. Cassidy, of Putney; Lawrence J. Cassidy, of Dummerston, and Linda J. Cassidy, of Brattleboro; 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild. There will be no formal service; a gathering to celebrate his life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to contribute to Rescue, Inc., 541 Canal Street - PO Box 593, Brattleboro, VT 05302.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Mar. 21, 2014