Basil Casselman, a lifetime resident of the area, passed away at Dundas Manor in Winchester on Wed., Aug. 19, 2009, following a lengthy illness. He was 86.
Basil was born in Winchester Springs on May 18, 1923 to Rufus and Mary Casselman (nee Servage) and lived on the family farm along with his three sisters and two brothers.
On April 25, 1945, he married Marion Algire at Williamsburg United Church, and together they had four children: Carolyn, Marilyn, Wayne, and Jack.
Basil was always a hard worker and, to provide for his family, he worked at several jobs, including farming, delivering farmers’ canned milk to the factory, driving a fuel oil truck for Lyell Strader, working on the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway, working at Crowder Monuments constructing monument foundations, working for Fred Pinkus in Williamsburg, working at Nestle’s, changing tires at Canadian Tire in Williamsburg, and at a mushroom plant in Metcalfe.
Basil was a devoted family man, and he loved being around people. He was a dedicated member of the Winchester Springs United Church, and he was a well-respected member of the Williamsburg Oddfellows Lodge #349 for 60 years. He enjoyed listening to music, dancing, bowling, fishing, playing miniature golf, and watching The Price is Right. His soft-spoken, easy-going nature will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of more than 64 years, Marion; his children Carolyn Woods (Jack Cuss) of Aylmer, Marilyn (Doug) Dillabough of Aylmer, Wayne (Janice) of Barrhaven, and Jack (Jeanie) of RR #2 Williamsburg; his grandchildren, Tammy, Douglas, Jeffery, Pamela, and Tabitha; his great-grandchildren, Courtney and Brandon; and his sister-in-law, Lois Casselman of Elma. He was predeceased by sisters Olive Whittaker, Jean Morrow, and Leila Merkley, and brothers Irwin and Bert Casselman. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Fri., Aug. 21. An Oddfellows Service was held on Friday evening at 8:45 pm. The funeral service was held at the funeral home on Sat., Aug. 22 with Rev. Joyce Trask officiating, followed by interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. The pallbearers were Tammy Cox, Douglas Casselman, Jeffery Casselman, Pamela Casselman, Tabitha Casselman, Doug Merkley, and Glendon Casselman.
Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or the Diabetes Society would be appreciated by the family.