Ray Casselman, a resident of the Park Drive Villa in Williamsburg for the past 11 years, passed away suddenly there on Thurs., May 26, 2011. He was 83.
Ray was born near Dunbar on March 30, 1928, to his parents, Nathan and Eva Casselman (nee McMillan), and grew up on their family farm. He married Helen Saddlemire on April 15, 1950, and together, they raised their family, while operating a dairy farm east of Winchester Springs for 25 years the first few years in partnership with his parents. During the ’50s, Ray also worked on the St. Lawrence Seaway. They sold the farm in 1975, and bought a home in Winchester Springs, where they resided for the second 25 years of their marriage. During this time, Ray worked for the St. Lawrence Parks Commission for 20 years before retiring in 1992. In late 1999, Ray and Helen moved to the Park Drive Villa in Williamsburg, where Ray performed superintendent duties until 2006.
Ray is survived by Helen, his wife of 61 years. He was a loving father to his children, Brian (Orma) of Winchester and Elaine Casselman (Stephen Headlam) of Kanata. He is remembered fondly by his grandchildren: Marsha, Michelle, and Michael Casselman (Kara-Lee); Derek and Bradley Swerdfeger; and his sisters-in-law, Hilda Easter and Edna Kennedy, both of Brockville. He was predeceased by his brother, Hubert, and two sisters, Ella Merkley and Helen Froats.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Sun., May 29 from 1 to 4 pm. The funeral service was held at the funeral home on Mon., May 30 at 11 am with Rev. Christine Lowson officiating followed by interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. The pallbearers were Michelle Casselman, Marsha Casselman, Michael Casselman, Kara-Lee Casselman, Derek Swerdfeger, and Bradley Swerdfeger.
Donations to the Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be appreciated by the family.