Winchester Press – obit – Ray K. Casselman

Ray K. Casselman

Ray K. Casselman, a resident of the IroquoisPoint for the past 52 years, passed away suddenly at home on Sun.,June 24, 2007. He was 77.
He was born in Williamsburg on Jan. 1, 1930 to his parents Earland Ida Casselman (nee Canaugh). At the age of 14, he left homeon a Farm Excursion program to Saskatchewan harvesting crops,then started sailing on the Great Lakes where he discovered hislove of water and ships. Over the years, he became a first mateand a ship-keeper in Toronto Harbour.
After marrying Norlene Prunner, they had four children: Skippy,Darcy, Lorraine, and Woodrow. They started a marine laundry businessin Dickinson’s Landing. When the Seaway was flooded in 1958, R.K.Casselman & Sons Marine Services was re-located to the IroquoisPoint.
Ray was an entrepreneur, welding, fixing cars, and plowing snowin the winters. He was also employed at the Iroquois Locks asa linesman.
He loved vehicles and had a fleet of work trucks which were paintedrobin’s-egg blue.
It was in his heart … the water. His labour of love was histug boat called the Island Queen which he spent thousands of hoursre-constructing. His home was always open, and he was ready toshare an endless cup of tea and conversation with family, andnew friends, young and old. He loved his dogs – Lady and Buddywere his constant companions with Zelda and Flipper taking theirnightly walks to the river. He loved cherry vanilla ice-creamand raisin pie, cinnamon rolls, and the extra icing on the cake.
He was a good dad, always setting the example of being a hardworker. He taught his family to respect others, to give, and tostand for the right values in life.
He is survived by his children Skip and his wife Debbie of RR#2 Iroquois, Lorraine and her husband Paul Casselman of RR# 4 Prescott,Darcy of Brockville, and Woody and his wife Carole of Ottawa;his siblings Alton and his wife Marlene of Morrisburg, Sam andhis wife Violet of Morrisburg, Ross and his wife Sharon of Chesterville,Jean Casselman of Morrisburg, Agnes and her husband Lloyd Jacksonof Brandon, Manitoba, Connie Hill and her companion Norm McIntoshof Iroquois, and Edna Schwerdtfeger-Garrett of Morrisburg; hisgrandchildren Melinda and her husband David Mellon of South Mountain,Kenneth Casselman and his companion Heather of North Augusta,David Melbourne and his wife Sarah of Brooklin, Dan Melbourneof Guangzchou, China, Richard Casselman of Ottawa, Sierra Casselmanof Napanee; and his great-grandchildren Sonia, Keshia, and LukasMellon, William Melbourne, and Kaeden Casselman. He was predeceasedby a sister Marjorie Jordan. He is also survived by nieces andnephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Iroquoison June 28. The funeral service was held at the funeral home onJune 29 with Rev. Yvonne Willis officiating, followed by intermentat Knox Presbyterian Cemetery in Iroquois. The pallbearers wereGerry Lafrance, Jerry Bissette, Ricki Froats, Larry Empey, GaryCooper, and Albert Runions. The honourary pallbearers were SidDrennan, Bill Tupper, and Jim Godkin.
Donations to Partners for Children in Development or the Heartand Stroke Foundation would be gratefully acknowledged by thefamily.