Casey van Gessel
Casey van Gessel, a resident of Chesterville for the past 57 years, passed away peacefully at home on Thurs., July 21, 2011, following a long hard battle with cancer. He was 78.
Casey was born in Tiel, The Netherlands on July 10, 1933, to his parents, Cornelis and Elizabeth van Gessel (nee Brandwyk). Casey lived in The Netherlands until 1953, when he immigrated to Canada. Initially, he farmed in Saskatchewan for a short time before moving to the Chesterville-area, where he worked at the foundry, the St. Lawrence Seaway, and the railroad. He then got a job working at the Nestlé plant in Chesterville in 1958, and he worked there for 36 years until he retired in 1994 at the age of 61.
In August of 1957, he married Gail Paul, daughter of Napoleon and Mildred Paul, and together they had four children: Derek, Debbie, Karen, and Vicky. Casey loved to socialize, and be around children. He coached baseball for 16 years, and he also coached hockey and broomball. He spent many hours with his wife doing crafts and woodworking. He loved outdoor activities such as fishing and camping, and he spent many hours going to his grandchildren’s sporting events.
Casey is survived by his wife, Gail; his children, Derek (Maureen) of Barrhaven, Debbie (Shane) Cosgrove of Ottawa, Karen (Guy) Bolduc of Russell, and Vicky (Mark) Shay of Chesterville; his siblings, Bep Udo, Greet Boelhoower, Ditje Hol, and Jan van Gessel, all of The Netherlands. Casey will be fondly remembered by grandchildren, Rodney, Jeffrey, Kristi, Katrina, Scott, Casey, Sarah, Justin, Amanda, and a great-granddaughter Amelia. He was predeceased by his parents, a sister Mienje Fintelman, and a brother Dirk. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Chesterville on Mon., July 25 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service was held at the funeral home on Tues., July 26 at 11 am with Rev. Wendy Wright-McKenzie officiating, followed by interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. The pallbearers were Scott Cosgrove, Rodney van Gessel, Justin Shay, and Casey Bolduc.
Donations to the Dundas County Hospice would be appreciated by the family.