NEWPORT NEWS - William Edward Casey died peacefully at home on March 8, 2014. He was 100 years old. He was born in Brattleboro, Vermont on November 12, 1913 and grew up, one of seven brothers and sisters, in New Rochelle, New York. He graduated from New Rochelle High School and Randolph Macon College, where he was on the football team and President of the Class of 1935. He earned a Masters Degree from Columbia University. Mr. Casey served in the Army
during World War II
, stationed in the Pacific arena. After the war, he relocated to the Peninsula and briefly taught at Hampton High School and was an assistant football coach. He later joined Abbitt Realty Company, from which he retired after a long career in residential sales. He was a past President of the Newport News/Warwick Board of Realtors. Mr. Casey was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church and the James River Country Club. He was a founding member of the Yamoshita Golf Open and the Merrimac Investment Club. He was an avid golfer and gardener, both of which he enjoyed well into his nineties. Bill Casey is survived by his wife of 71 years, Mary Webster Steed Casey; four children, William Casey, Jr., Melinda and Ned Morgan, Nancy and Jimmie Parker, and Tim and Diana Casey; eight grandchildren, Ryan and Keegan Casey, Casey and Laura Morgan, Carrie Donaldson and Sam Henderson, Jena Davis and Alan Casey; and four great-grandchildren, Leon Donaldson, Claire and Patrick Henderson and Ariel Davis. The family wishes to thank Mr. Casey's wonderful caregivers: Natalie Singleton, Tira Gilmore, Connie Greene-Wise, Sandra Smith and Keisha Bennett. Their extraordinary care and devotion enabled him to fully enjoy his last years at home. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Virginia Living Museum on J. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Newport News. A family memorial service will be held at Eastertime.