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CASSIDY, Joseph “Joe” Henry

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 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.

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  1. Aunt Marlene,

    May the memories you hold bring ease and grace during this time of grief. Uncle remains a loving, kind presence in my life and I am the better for having known him. May God’s eternal love surround you.

    “ I shall never die, for the Spirit within me is God and cannot change. My life is hid within the Universe of Love and Light and that Light shall live forever.
    From Eternity to Eternity my life flows along its way of peace and harmony.
    Time brings but more glory, to crown me with its pleasures.”
    Ernest Holmes
    “We shall realize that they are in God’s keeping and they are safe. We shall know that we have not lost them, they have only gone before.”

    Special prayers for you Jennifer and little Cassidy.
    Love, Linda

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  2. Dawn (Cumiford/Kurta) Ferguson :

    Deepest sympathies Marlene to you and all your family in the passing of Joe. On behalf of ALL of our family, we offer our condolences to a husband, father and friend. God Bless, Dawn and Family

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  3. Edie (Cumiford) Despas :

    Dear Marlene and family, my condolences to you and your loved ones on the loss of Joe. Although I haven’t seen him for many years I still remember how funny he was and how he could make people laugh. He will be missed.

    Edie (Cumiford) Despas

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  4. Jim & Marilyn Westerman :

    Dear Marlene and Family
    We are so sorry to learn of Joe’s passing. We have many warm memories of him. He was a dear school friend, and one of a kind. We are fortunate to have known him His spirit will live on in all of us.

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  5. Very sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. Joe and I worked together many years in Calgary at Alyth Yard, which I might add, was an experience and a great pleasure. Joe was an excellent railroader and an all around gentleman to all those that he worked with. My sincerest condolences to Marlene and all the family. He will be greatly missed by all concerned. My very best regards John Templeton, Superintendent Vancouver Division, Retired.

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  6. Bob and Candy Jordan :

    Marlene and family: So saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. He was a totally compassionate family man and a man that I and my family will always call a good friend. When we met, no matter upon what occasion, it was always a humorous exchange of the past and present. I remember on one occasion, Joe telling me that he had got his eyes fixed and a friend telling him” he should have gotten it done when he was refereeing” He will be missed. I pray that you and your family will find comfort in yourselves and in Joe’s memory. May God comfort you in this time of anguish.
    With our sympathies and prayers
    Bob and Candy Jordan and family

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  7. Marlene and Family it was with sadness that I read that my backfence neighbor, fellow employee, hockey ref, etc had passed away. The leader of our youth pack has gone to rest with his maker, he will be missed greatly by many. My condolences go out to you Marlene and your family and our prayers are with you.

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  8. Bob and Doris Rose :

    We were very sorry to here of Joe’s passing Marlene. Our thoughts are with you and yours.
    Bob and Doris.

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  9. My deepest condolences go out to the Cassidy Fammily, I worked with Joe on the night shift at the CPR wiping engines, and we both worked up to Brakman and him a conductor and me an engineer. And boy we had a good time, until Joe went to fuel up an engine and bring it into the shop to service it, he came in one door and straight through the other door only it was closed. But we were both young in our 18 years. We were lucky that we had Barney Decker for a foreman and he was the greatest. Sorry I can’t make it to funeral for health reasons. But we had fun doing it.

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  10. Allan & May Frew :

    Dear Marlene and family: We are very sorry about Joe’s passing. We have some great memories of Joe through the railway as well as sports in Ramsey.
    Take care, Allan and May Frew

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  11. Kathleen Cassidy-Bepko :

    To Uncle Joe’s family, Your description of him is so similar to his oldest brother George (Dank) my dad. Daddy truly cared for Uncle Joe as did we all. May God keep you in his hand and may Joey’s memory be of comfort now and forever. Love, Kathleen

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  12. Just heard of the passing of Joe and sorry to hear. I played for the Medicine Hat Tigers when Joe referreed, plus also worked at CP rail where Joe was my rules instructor. He was quite a character and we had many laughs together talking about old times.
    RIP Joe, you will be missed.

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  13. Ray and Mary Anne Gates :

    Dear Marlene and family,

    Ray always enjoyed Joe’s visits to Red Rock where they would talk hockey and the ‘old days’.
    Sincere condolences to you and your family.
    Mary Anne

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