Joseph F. Casey BABCOCK LAKE - Joseph F. Casey, 80, of Babcock Lake passed into eternal rest Thursday morning at Samaritan Hospital in Troy surrounded by his loving family. Joe was born in Troy and was the son of the late Dennis and Mary O'Kelly Casey and loving and devoted husband of Lorraine Magill Casey. Joe graduated from CCHS in Troy in 1950 and served his country two tours of duty in Korea as a member of the US Air Force. Joe met Lorraine when he was 14 and she was 13 at Proctors Theater in Troy. Joe was trying to woo Lorraine's girlfriend, but when it was time to go home and the other girl had to take a bus, he decided to take Lorraine home, a mere two block walk. The rest is history. Their romance during the next four years was limited to summers when they each went back to their respected high schools other interests got in the way. On November 17, 1956 Joe and Lorraine were married at St. Patrick's Church in Troy. They resided in Troy for several years becoming summer residents on Babcock Lake from 1965 – 1972 when they moved there permanently. Joe attended Hudson Valley Community College and while there he was a president of the student body, when he was a senior he was the organizer and first president of the alumni association, he was the first graduate of HVCC to serve on the Board of Trustees, he was involved in the construction of the Student Center and later became an instructor of the Building Trades and Construction, winning four service awards. He retired in 1995 as an Associate Professor. Joe and Lorraine are proud parents of Colleen, Michael (Celine), Scott (Kathy), Patty (Mark Grady), David, Erin, Daryl (Bill Dawson) and John (Sarah). They have 6 granddaughters, 11 grandsons and 4 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Ann (late Ray) Quinn of Troy and his brother Sherman and his wife Judy Casey of Baltimore, Maryland and his sister-in-law Marge Casey of Sarasota, Florida. He was predeceased by his mother Mary and his brothers Dennis and Patrick. Joe will always be remembered for his long and devoted care of his mother Mary, for the way he comes to life at the end of meetings with his humorous stories, for the original name he gave his dog “Comeer” (Come Here) and for the hours and hours he put into the building process of his Church St. John Francis Regis “Our Lady of Snow”. Joe was a man of many hats he was an usher, lecture, a Eucharistic Minister, past president of the parish council, chairman of the building committee and a member of the buildings and grounds committee and a trustee of the parish. Joe was involved in politics and became Rensselaer County Chairman of the Republican Party from 1965 – 1969, he was a delegate to the National Convention in 1968 in Miami, FL. and he served as Sargent at Arms at the New York State Assembly from 1968 – 1970. Joe was a foreman and construction supervisor of the Rensselaer County Highway Department and in 1964 the Superintendent; where it was said of him at the Distinguished Service Awards Banquet: “Mr. Casey . . . youngest highway superintendent on record in the nation . . . directing a complete study of the County highway system . . . repaving and rebuilding, repairing and replacing antiquated bridges . . . all county highways are now striped for the first time . . . the amount of serious traffic accidents in Rensselaer County's history has been reduced by over 300% since Mr. Casey's tenure . . . “. Joe also served on the Board of Directors, the Troy Kiwanis, Junior Chamber of Commerce (Man of the Year), Station Association of Highway Superintendents, Rensselaer County Red Cross, Babcock Lake Property Association, Babcock Lake Estates Association. He was also member of the Brunswick Elks and the VFW
Sullivan Jones Post in Poestenkill. The funeral service for Joe will be held on Monday morning at 10 am at our Lady of the Snow Church in Grafton (St. John Francis Regis) where a mass of Christian Death and Burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to attend and may call at the CHURCH Sunday from 3 – 8 pm. Interment with Military Honors will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery in Troy. In lieu of flowers Joe would desire that you make a memorial contribution to St. John Francis Regis Church, (checks should be made out to Our Lady of The Snow Church ) 31 Owens Road, Grafton, NY 12082. Arrangements by the Wm. Leahy Funeral Home, 336 Third Street, Troy, NY.