Rex K. Casselman
Rex K. Casselman, a lifetime resident of the Williamsburg area, passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Sat., Nov. 3, 2012. He was 87.
Rex was born in Dunbar on Aug. 30, 1925, to his parents, George and Jessie “Maud” Casselman (nee McIntosh), where he was raised in the family store with his two brothers, Mac and Jack, who together were known in the area as the K boys. In 1943, after several attempts and having reached the age of 18, Rex was accepted into the Royal Canadian Navy where he served until the end of the Second World War after which he was honourably discharged with a rank of “able seaman.”
On Nov 19, 1960, at the United Church in Douglas, Ont., he married Audrey H. James, and together they had two boys, Jeff and Bruce.
From the end of the war until the mid-1950’s, Rex worked at many jobs including: the Sudbury Nickel mines, the Harvest in Western Canada, security guard, road construction, and with his brother Mac in the egg business. In 1955, he began to work for the Department of Transportation of Ontario where he worked until his retirement 30 years later in 1985.
Rex K. was a well-known local character, and renowned for his kindness and his love of sports. It was a rare occasion that he did not have a supply of balloons, lollipops, or dog biscuits for the many little acquaintances he made across the baseball diamonds and hockey arenas of Eastern Ontario. He was a fixture parked behind the backstop or watching at the arena while his boys, and later his grandchildren, played. Rex never missed a game, and was the reliable transportation for many young people playing hockey or ball.
Rex is survived by his wife, Audrey, his sons, Jeff (Josée) of Cardinal, and Bruce (Janet) of Ottawa. Loving Papa will be fondly remembered by grandchildren, Elizabeth, Laura, Sarah, Jack, and Lucy. He was predeceased by his brothers, Mac K. and Jack K. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Tues., Nov. 6 and Wed., Nov. 7 from 10 am until the time of service at the funeral home at 11 am with Rev. Norine Gullons officiating. Interment followed at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. The honourary pallbearers were Laura Casselman and LucyCasselman. The pallbearers were Elizabeth Casselman, Sarah Casselman,Jack Casselman, Barry Whitteker, Barry Strader, and Larry Baizana.
Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or St. Peter’s Lutheran Church would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
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