SOUTHINGTON- Robert J. "Pip" Casale, Sr., 85, of Southington, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at HCC at New Britain General surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Maxine (Award) Casale.
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He was born on June 5, 1928, in Southington the son of the late Joseph and Adelaide (Pepe) Casale. Bob was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II serving three years in Italy with the 313th Combat Engineers Demolition division. He retired from Pratt & Whitney Aircraft after 30 years of service. After retirement he started Casale Iron Works. Bob was a well-known welder and much of his work can be seen throughout Southington. He was the chairman of the Gang of Scarpa Shoda for many years and was an avid hunter.
In addition to his wife he leaves his children, Robert J. Casale Jr., and wife, Geraldine, Betty Ann Casale, Joseph Casale and Rose, Kathy Wagner and husband, James, Stephen Casale and wife, Laura all of Southington; 12 grandchildren, Robert III, Justin, Danny, Christopher, Kara, Anthony, James Jr., Jordan, Jyllian, Samantha, Ashley and Kaitlyn; three great-grandchildren, Jesse, McKenzie and Jacob. He also leaves a brother, Joseph Casale Jr.; three sisters, Adeline Kearney, Shirley White and husband, Harold and Lucille Tedesco, and an aunt, Fay Carbone, all of Southington; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Anna Sciola; two brothers, John and William Casale.
The funeral will be held on Monday Jan. 6, at 9:15 a.m. from the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington to St. Thomas Church at 10 a.m. Burial with military honors will be at Oak Hill Cemetery. Calling hours will be on Sunday Jan. 5, from 2 to 6 p.m. Donations may be made in his memory to: The Gang of Scarpa Shoda, c/oWells Fargo Bank, 781 Main St. Plantsville, CT 06479. For online condolences and directions please visit, www.dellavecchiafh.com.
Published in The Record-Journal on Jan. 1, 2014