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CASEY, J.C. Frank

May 17, 1932 – Dublin, Ireland
May 8, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with deep sadness that the Casey family announces the death of
J.C. Frank Casey Q.C. who died peacefully on May 8, 2018 in Calgary following a lengthy illness. He was born May 17, 1932 in Rathgar, Co. Dublin to Charles and Helen (nee Hanlon) Casey. He spent his formative years at Castleknock College where he acquired his love of learning and his inquisitive nature from the Vincentian priests. He went on to the University College Dublin to study law and was called to the Bar at King’s Inn in 1954. His father, a prominent Irish Barrister who went on to become the Attorney General of Ireland and subsequently a High Court Justice sparked Frank’s passion for the practice of law and set a standard of practice to which Frank always aspired. His sharp intelligence, expectation of high standards (both for himself and others) and his sense of fair play set him apart as he built a successful law practice specializing in insurance litigation. He started his practice in Dublin and continued to build it upon joining the MacLeod Dixon Law Firm in 1960. He was called to the Alberta Bar in 1961 and became a partner at MacLeod Dixon in 1966, and was honoured with a Q.C. designation in 1984. During the course of his career, including his time as the senior litigation partner and managing partner of the firm, he was known as a strong mentor to his junior colleagues.

Frank met his wife, Ann Casey (nee Hart) in Toronto in 1956 upon immigrating to Canada. They married in 1958 and settled in Calgary in 1960 where they raised their three children. Frank fully embraced the Canadian way of life and enjoyed many sports including his weekly golf games with Ann and friends. He was a long-time member of the Calgary Golf and Country Club most recently becoming Member Emeritus as well as a member of the Glencoe Club and the Ranchman’s Club.

Frank approached his retirement with gusto. He traveled, collected movies and music, learned to cook and use a computer (and type!) and he began to write. He was regularly published in the Letters to the Editor sections of newspapers in Canada and Ireland as he responded to topical issues of the day. Frank was known to often rock the boat, and those who knew him well, could usually spot the twinkle in his eye. To the very end, Frank’s exuberant fun-loving personality remained, and though his death is an enormous loss to his family, his life will be joyfully celebrated and fondly remembered.

Frank is survived by his devoted children Charles Casey and Margaret Casey, both of Calgary, and Theresa Casey (Rob Gray) of Toronto; his sister Joan (late Loy) Regan, his sister Ruth Casey (Michael), his brothers Jimmy (Maeve) Casey and Joseph (Gaye) Casey, brother-in-law Tom Maher, sister-in-law Elizabeth Hart as well as numerous nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces throughout Canada, the United States and Ireland. Frank was predeceased by his parents; his brother William (Betty); his sisters Helen (late David) and Teresa (Tom) Maher.

The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to all those who have been very supportive of Frank and his Calgary family, especially during his final illness. We especially would like to thank all extraordinary careworkers at The Southwood Hospice.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the Calgary Golf and Country Club (5900 Elbow Drive S.W.). Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Frank Casey, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Jim Parker :

    As a regular occupant of the famous green chair in Frank’s office through most of the 1980’s, I was one of those who always spotted the twinkle in his eye. Not only were his antics very entertaining, he was an excellent lawyer, teacher, mentor and smoking partner.

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  2. Mike Hartley :

    Your father will be terribly missed. He was well loved and he will be cherished in our memories forever. My condolences.

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  3. Alan Macleod :

    I worked with JCFCQC, as he was often referred to, From 1970 until his retirement. I think the obit captures Frank well. He was a curmudgeon with a big heart. He was a great teacher and a very good litigator. In Court he stuck to his main points and was a man of few words. Outside Court he was a wonderful raconteur and a man of many words.

    The twinkle in his eye will be with us always.

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  4. Brigitte Palaric-Skinner :

    Heartfelt condolences to you and your family, Theresa. We will see you and Robbie soon in Toronto.
    With loving kindness.

    Brigitte, Yann and Gabrielle

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  5. Verena Wardley :

    Charlie, Theresa and Margaret: I’m so very sorry to learn of your father’s passing. Please accept my deepest sympathies. I have fond memories of the years that I worked with him. He was supportive, kind and generous to a fault. I appreciated his brilliance and enjoyed his personal stories. He will be missed.

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  6. Maureen Whelan :

    Deepest sympathies to the Casey family on the death of Frank.
    Fond memories of our early years of married life spent in Canada with Frank.
    From Maureen Whelan and all the Whelan family in Dublin, Ireland

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  7. John Gaynor :

    Very sorry to hear of Frank’s death R.I.P.
    With sincerest sympathy and my best wishes
    John Gaynor

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  8. My deep sympathies to all the Casey family. I first met Frank in 1950 in University College Dublin. We had good times together especially in Toronto which was my, and later Frank’s temporary home. All my memories of him are happy ones.

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  9. Deepest sympathy to Jimmy, Maeve and Joe and Gaye on their loss of Frank. Fond memories of Teresa and with Regards to Tom Maher .Alan and Rosemarie Ashe

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  10. Rhona Fanagan :

    I am sending my deepest sympathy to all the Casey family in Canada on the loss of their beloved father.Frank was a wonderful character ,and it was great to meet up with him and his family when he was over in Dublin not so long ago No doubt he will be missed by friends and family,Sincerely Rhona Fanagan

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  11. Gael Blackhall :

    I am sending our sincere sympathy to Teresa, Charlie and Margaret on the passing of their Dad, Frank. I grew up on the same street as the Casey family and my Dad (Jim Blackhall) went to school with Ann (Hart) Casey in Colborne and my Mum (Beth Blackhall) was a neighbour friend of Ann’s. Frank and Anne were at our home for fun events like Grey Cup parties so I remember them both well. I am so sorry for your loss. May memories of the good times comfort you in this time of sadness.

    Gael Blackhall
    and Jim Blackhall

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  12. Kenneth C Fogarty SC :

    I did not meet the man but it was touching to read the heart felt memories of those who knew him. LORD rest his soul.

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  13. The Honourable Allan H. Wachowich, QC :

    Dear Helen and family, I am sorry in extending condolences at this late date but I do so with sincerity. Frank was not only a respectable counsel but also a gentleman and a man of integrity. He will be missed by all who knew him. May he rest in peace and may this short note ease the pain of your loss.
    Sincerely,
    Al Wachowich

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