Thomas CASSIDY
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CASSIDY, Thomas Michael, O.M.I
At the Elizabeth Bruyere Hospital on January 7th, 2013 after a brief illness at the age of 75. Son of the late Darcy and Helen Cassidy and Step-mother Agnes. He is survived by his brother James and his step-sisters Patricia Bisson, Diane Dakers and Colleen McLane. Thomas is fondly remembered by his cousins George Poirier (Louise), Dave (Elaine) Cummings, many nieces and nephews and the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Fr. Cassidy was ordained in June 1963, taught and coached wrestling at St. Patrick's High School, was Chaplain in the Canadian armed Forces, Provincial Secretary and Archivist, Secretary and Canonical Counsel to the Apostolic Nunciature, Sessional Professor at St. Paul's University and Judge at the Canadian Appeal Tribunal. Visitation at Holy Canadian Martyrs Parish (100 Main Street) on Friday, January 11 from 2-5pm and 7-10pm. (Evening prayer at 7:30pm.) and Saturday, January 12, from 9am – 11am. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30am. Burial will take place at St. Theresa's - Oblate Cemetery, Arnprior, Ontario at 2:30pm. In memory of Thomas Cassidy, OMI donations may be made to The Kidney Foundation of Canada, 401-1376 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 7Y3, or L'Arche Ottawa, 11 Rossland Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K2G 2K2 or The Galilee Community Centre, 398 John Street North, Arnprior, Ontario K7S 2P6. Arrangements entrusted to the Whelan Funeral Home, tel. 613.233-1488.
"Amongst yourselves practice charity, charity, charity … and in the world, zeal for the salvation of souls."
St. Eugene de Mazenod, 1861




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Published in Ottawa Citizen from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2013.
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January 13, 2013
Our Heaven Has Open The Golden Gates Again This Weekend To Welcome Another
Blessed Dove/Guardian Angel TO Look Over Us
My Prayers Are with The Parishioners He Has Touched & Memories Of His Kindness and Generosity He Has Instilled in his Familities Abroad.
Rest in Peace & Follow Your Eternal Journey...
Denyse Baizana
January 12, 2013
I have just heard the news of Tom's death. We had a lovely visit in August. For twenty seven years he has been an important presence in my life. This will not change. Thank you, Tom, for being a spiritual mentor and my friend.
Michael Madden
January 12, 2013
Fr. Tom, I will miss you and have wonderful memories; officiating at my wedding, godfather to my daughter Kate, baptizing my son, Mike, coming to Mayo Quebec for my mother's large family reunion where you camped out and said Mass for all of us, and saying Mass for the Notre Dame High School reunion in 1994 for all of the alumna, with such understanding of the need for it to be a women's Mass.
When I think of these events, I will remember that when asked, you never hesitated in saying 'yes'. When I think of you, I will think of our many walks and talks that shaped my life. Thank you and I love you, my Friend
KATE couldn't be here today, so the attached photo is from a trip to Ireland we took in the Spring. She knows that Tom would have like this good Irish Whiskey when it had a name like Heny
Donna Roney
January 12, 2013
January 11, 2013
Tom we are going to miss you. Thanks for the guidance,coaching,friendship and the humor.
Ed McCorkell
January 11, 2013
Jim,

Sorry for your loss. I know Rev. Tom Cassidy and you were very close brothers and I'm sure you'll miss him very much.

Prayers for you and for your brother Rev. Tom Cassidy's soul.
Binny Joseph
January 11, 2013
The Cassidy's were life-long close friends of the Ouellette family. Father Thomas was like a brother to both my sister Pat and myself. We will always cherish the memories.
Brian Ouellette
January 11, 2013
Was saddened to learn of Fr. Tom's passing. Have fond memories of him during our studies at St Paul's.
Always enjoyed visiting with him at CL conferences and I appreciated his wisdom and respect for others.
Since condolences to the OMI's and to his family.
Rest in peace Tom.
S Judith Fitzgerald
Judith Fitzgerald
January 10, 2013
Our sincere sympathy Father Tom to your family and the Oblate family. Father Tom taught us at St. Patrick's High School from 1962-1967. He was always well prepared when he taught and was always there to help if the need arose. On behalf of Tim McQuade and Hugh Fasken who asked me to pass on their condolences and myself Robert Allen,yiou will be missed and you did indeed practice what St. Eugene de Mazenod professed:"Amongst yourselves practice charity,charity,charity...and in the world zeal for the salvation of souls".

Robert Allen, Hugh Fasken and Tim McQuade
January 10, 2013
Tom, you were our teacher and our coach. You married us. You baptized all our children. You helped us say those difficult goodbyes to loved ones when they left us. Through it all, you were our spiritual pillar of strength and always a friend who made us feel good just being with you. We will never forget you. We will be together again. Until then.
Peter Heney
January 10, 2013
My condolences and prayers to your family Father. May you rest now with the angels and the saints.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.”
John 10:27-29
Precious Laury
January 10, 2013
Reminiscing with Tom at St. Pats 40th reunion was a highlight of 2012 and brought back many fond memories of the 1968 /1972 time frame that I came to know him. Thank you, Father Cassidy, for the very positive contribution to the ensuing 40 years.
Steven Flannery
January 10, 2013
We will miss you Father Tom, you have been such a big part of our family over the years in both good times and sad. Rest in Peace Tommy
Rosemary Copeland-Jones
January 10, 2013
We want to send our condolences to the family. I know he will be missed.
Gilles Perreault
January 10, 2013
Tom, you have been such an important part of our lives and now there is a void that cannot be filled by anyone else. Know that we love you and will miss you greatly. Gisele, Harry, Danielle and Thomas Alexander.
Gisele Angel
January 10, 2013
I owe much gratitude to Fr. Tom's assistance and advice. May he rest in peace, with the angels and the saints.
Angele Regnier
January 10, 2013
Tom, You will be missed, but you are now in peace. Go now and meet our God. Peace John
John Watters
January 9, 2013

My deepest sympathy to the family. Father Tom baptised my 2 sons , Marc and Jeff. A wonderful man, always there to give support. He will be missed.

Rosalie Carroll nee Sutherland ( now living in Australia)
January 9, 2013
My thoughts are with you and your family...God Bless
Norma Laury
January 9, 2013
I met Tom in 1977 and was blessed to be able to call him a life long friend. He was always there...from whitwater rafting on the Ottawa to sitting with me in times of grief and pain. Tom will always be missed in our home and remembered in our hearts.
Dan Toner
January 9, 2013
It was good to see Tom at our 40th reunion in September.
Geof Wyght
January 9, 2013
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markcopeland10@yahoo.ca
January 9, 2013
Thank you Tom, our friend, for being a good listener during lifes ups and downs. We will miss you.
Greg & Joanne Toner
January 9, 2013
Tom was an important and well loved member of our extended family for the last 45 years; he was always there for us when needed. We treasured his company, his joie de vivre, and his spiritual guidance, friendship and love, in both times of great joy as well as in times of sadness and loss. While we will miss his physical presence in our lives, we know he'll continue to keep watch over us and he will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
Paul Heney
January 9, 2013
I AM SADDENED TO LEARN OF FATHER TOMS'S PASSING WE WERE FRIENDS IN HIGH SCHOOL TOGETHER AT ST PATRICK'S COLLEGE

WE MET SEVERAL TIMES THROUGH THE YEARS AND HAD GREAT VISITS AN OUTSTANDING HUMBLE MAN

BOB O'NEILL
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Thank you Tom for your support,your guidance,your strength but mostly for your friendship. I will think of you often and smile. I will remember the good times. Thanks for being my friend.
MARK COPELAND
January 9, 2013
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Heidi will miss you to!
Thankyou Tom, my friend and coach, for being a good listener, a friend, an adviser on and off the mat also during lifes ups and downs. You will be missed.
Rick Levesque
January 9, 2013
Thank you for your love, laughs and spirit for life. We will miss you terribly, until we meet again.

Dave, Elaine, Lori, Charles, Ryan, Chelsea
Lori Gaffney
January 9, 2013
To all the family, We remember seeing him at family events, always enjoyed having a conversation with him. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Brian and Muriel Brennan
January 9, 2013
Dear Jim, Patricia, Diane and Colleen, I was so sad to hear of Tom's passing, I will hold you all in my heart and prayers. Tom was such a caring man and brother. He was also a good friend to the L'Arche community. May your memories with him ease your loss,
in gratitude for knowing him and sympathy to you, Kim
Kim Aker
January 9, 2013
A "good and faithful servant", missionary within the church as de Mazenod.
Paul Feeley OMI
January 9, 2013
Tom will be in my thoughts and prayers and my sympathy to the family. I meet Tom at Holy Rosary, we often walked together and talked about the future. I was invited to share dinner with his family during the hollidays while I was at Holy Rosary and we kept in touch from time to time when I was in Ottawa. I recall him telling me he was the proud owner of mustard yellow pants when he was in high school. Thank God black became his basic fashion choice. RIP
Ron Crane
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