July 15, 1938 – September 22, 2012
Joseph “Joe” Henry Cassidy, beloved husband of Marlene of Calgary, passed away on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the age of 74 years.
Joe was born July 15, 1938 in Edmonton but soon thereafter moved to the Ramsay neighbourhood in Calgary where he was raised by his Catholic family. He attended St Anne’s School, then St Mary’s. At St Mary’s he played football, but hockey was his passion.
While still attending school, Joe began working at sixteen for the Canadian Pacific Railway as an engine wiper, and growing into more responsible roles as brakeman, and conductor. He took engineer training, but preferred to be conductor where he was the boss of the train. Joe worked for CP Rail from June 1, 1955 to March 1, 1994 and retired after thirty-nine years with the company. Joe was good to the CPR and the company was good to him. The company gave him time off to referee for the Western Canada Hockey League, serving in Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Portland and Flin Flon. Joe also officiated at the 1964 Lake Placid Olympics in New York state.
Joes family loved all types of sports. One of his brothers played for the Calgary Stampeders football team and his brother Deak played hockey for the Arena Dukes hockey team. Joe became referee in chief for the WCHL and during those times met many of the players who moved on to the NHL.
Joe lived a quiet life but he touched the lives of many others.
He was a completely honourable man who made many friends in all walks of life from the clerks at Deer Run Co-op to Superintendents at the CPR. He loved to make his observations known to his local MLA Heather Forsyth whom he would occasionally run into at Co-op.
Nothing made him happier than to go to his grandsons’ football or hockey games. Cassidy and the other grandchildren will miss Papa at all their future sporting events.
Despite other people’s occasional discomfort, Joe was a completely honest man. He called a spade a spade. He was respectful to other people but he spoke his mind. Many of you have probably been witness to this!
He loved his church. He had all his sacraments at St Anne’s Roman Catholic Church until he got married to Marlene in Banff in 1973.
Joe made friends everywhere. He was a very funny man and entertained people for hours (especially other smokers) telling them his stories about the wonderful and interesting people he met and interacted with.
Joe loved children and they loved him. He was proud to help flood the outdoor rink in Deer Run for many years, so kids could enjoy outdoor hockey the way that he had as a child.
Joe is survived by his loving wife of thirty-nine years, Marlene, and his daughter Jennifer, her husband Wayne Prothmann and grandchildren Mason and Cassidy. He is also survived by his brother James “Deak” (Margie) Cassidy, Roy Paterson, Pam (Gord) Johnston and grandsons Logan and Riley. Joe is survived by special chosen family members, Tracey McNair, her husband Ian and grandson Stanley; as well as by many nieces and nephews in Canada and the United States. Joe was predeceased by his mother Mary; dad Joe; brothers George and Patrick; and sisters May, Noreen and Dorothy. Nothing was more important to Joe than family.
Joe will be missed in so many ways. Each of his so many connections will feel his absence. He was well loved and will always be lovingly remembered.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS), PO Box 99076 RPO London Town Calgary, AB T1Y 0A6, Telephone: (403) 804-4334.
In living memory of Joe Cassidy, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.Print This Obituary & Condolences