TURNERS FALLS - Robert "Bob" Casey, 69, of 5 Edward Ave., died peacefully at his home on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.
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He was born on June 16, 1943 in Montague. Robert was the son of John Joseph and Aurora (Verrier) Casey and later stepson of Fredrick Macker. He was a 1961 graduate of Turners Falls High School, where he was a member of the football, basketball and baseball teams. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Wesleyan Univesity in Middletown, Conn.
He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1966 to 1970, when he was honorably discharged.
He was the husband of Jo-Ann (Sojka) Casey, whom he married on June 18, 1966.
He was a communicant of Our Lady of Peace Church in Turners Falls.
Bob will be remembered most fondly by his son, Michael S. Casey of East Sandwich, and his daughter, Kelly A. Casey of Millers Falls. Also, Bob leaves many lifelong friends and sister, Jackie Casey of Winchester, N.H. Finally, Bob "Grampy" will be greatly missed by his granddaughters: Josy Hunter, Tess Hunter, Meghan Casey and Erin Casey.
Following his service in the Air Force, Bob returned home to Turners Falls and began his career as an Energy Service Representative at Northeast Utilities, where he worked for 30 years.
Bob was also active in the community as a 30-plus year member of the Montague Elks, as a member of the Greenfield Rotary and as a member of the Gill-Montague School Committee.
Most notably, however, Bob was a wonderful grandfather, husband, father, friend and neighbor, who enjoyed walking, reading, lobstering, the Cape, Florida, and most of all spending time with his family.
There will be no calling hours at Bob's request.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in remembrance of Bob at Our Lady of Peace Church, 90 Seventh St., on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at 10 a.m. A celebration of life will follow at the Montague Elks. A private burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Bob's family requests that flowers be omitted and suggests that a gift in his memory be considered to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eight Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001, or to Hospice of Franklin County, 329 Conway St., Suite 2, Greenfield, MA 01301.
Published in The Recorder on Jan. 15, 2013