Michael Edwin Vosburg Casey |
Michael Edwin Vosburg Casey died of colon cancer on July 31, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia at age 39 surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by his wife Amy Vosburg Casey and their daughter Elena, age 3. He is also survived by his parents Betty and Tom Casey of Redwood City, his brother Dr. Daniel Casey of New Jersey and his wife Sarah and children Megan and Brendan, and by his sister Elizabeth Casey Pereira of Redwood City and her husband Vincent.
He was born on March 13, 1974 at Stanford Hospital. He was raised in Redwood City and attended Clifford Elementary School and McKinley Junior High School. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. For college he moved as far east as he could, graduating magna cum laude in music from Colby College in Waterville Maine.
During and after college, Michael spent several years working for the San Mateo County Park System. In 1999, he moved to Atlanta as part of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. As a JV, he worked with the homeless in downtown Atlanta and visited prisoners throughout Georgia and the South. After two years, he moved into the Open Door Community in Atlanta, which has served the poor of Atlanta for over thirty years. He lived there and worked with the homeless for over a year.
Michael's life was devoted to the pursuit of peace and justice and to helping the poor and the marginalized. In 2006, he was arrested for crossing onto the army base at Fort Benning, Georgia, as part of the annual protest of the activity of the School of the Americas. The School has trained military officers in Latin America who later were responsible for the murder of thousands of native people and members of religious orders who were seeking peace and freedom. For this act of courage Michael was sentenced to 100 days in federal prison.
When their daughter Elena was born in 2010, Michael became a full time homemaker and dad. Together they visited the sick, went to soup kitchens, and every Friday they demonstrated for peace at Colony Square. He taught her to sing at the top of her lungs, play the piano in a unique style, dance in the rain, raise chickens and never meet a stranger.
A Memorial Mass of Thanksgiving for Michael's life will be said on Monday, September 9, at 10:30 AM at St. Matthias Church, 1685 Cordilleras Road, Redwood City. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. All are welcome.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Sept. 5 to Sept. 8, 2013