A lifelong resident of Winchester Springs, Percy Casselman passed away at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Sat., Dec. 18, 2010. He was 84.
Percy was born on the family farm in Winchester Springs on July 29, 1926 to his parents, Aden and Mary Casselman (nee Dillabough). He eventually took over the farm following his father’s death, and he cared for his widowed mother for many years.
He was happy and content in Winchester Springs where he played organized hockey and baseball, and enjoyed fishing and playing horseshoes. Later in life, he discovered his talent at the pool table when he starting playing at his cousin Gerald Adam’s house in Williamsburg. Percy loved to visit and farm auctions provided excellent opportunities for him to meet old friends, but his favourite place to spend time was Allison’s store, especially during the winter months when the “hot stove league” gathered to solve the problems of the world. Percy seemed to know everyone and he always had a good story to tell.
He was fortunate enough to have good neighbours as well who helped each other doing various farming tasks such as harvesting, and he always enjoyed socializing with them. Percy and Geraldine enjoyed attending the Winchester Springs United Church’s strawberry socials and harvest suppers, and they shared a mutual love of music, which led them to the local dance halls every weekend when they were young.
Percy was a pleasant, happy, and outgoing person who always had a smile despite the many difficulties he faced during his lifetime. He will be greatly missed by his family, and all who knew him.
Percy is survived by his wife, Geraldine, his son, Steven of Oshawa, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Aden and Mary Casselman, his brothers, Graham and Clifford, and sisters Edna Riddell and Georgina Ault.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Tue., Dec. 21 from 11 am until time of the funeral service at 1 pm at the funeral home, with Rev. Christine Lowson officiating. Interment followed at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. The pallbearers were Steven Casselman, Douglas Casselman, Kevin Casselman, Peter Boersma, Carl Robinson, and Joe Davidson.
Donations to Winchester Springs United Church would be appreciated by the family.