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Casey Sr., 80
GORHAM -- Richard F. Casey Sr. died Friday Jan. 25, 2013 surrounded by his family. Richard was born March 12, 1932 in Westbrook, the son of Stanley W. Sr & Mildred Iona (Robinson) Casey. He grew up in Westbrook and attended Westbrook Schools. In his early years he was a member of the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Hood in Texas for one year 1950 to 1951.
He loved music, dancing and could be found at any of the local establishments socializing and enjoying people. He was a member of the American Legion Post 197 and the Eagle's Club in Westbrook. He was well known for his excellent dancing skills. Wherever he went all the women wanted to dance with him. He had a real gift of 'gab' and was a hard worker. He and Rita both enjoyed bowling on leagues and he was an excellent horseshoe player this was a game that was always played at his home in Gorham and his son's all learned to love the sport as well. As a couple they also enjoyed dancing and won first place in two different dance contests.
He married Rita M. Munson on May 12, 1962 and built his own home with a special friend, Joe Basso, in Gorham in 1968 where he stayed the rest of his life. He was able to stay on Mosher Road at the end thanks to his youngest son Jeff who remained in the family home w/him.
Over the years Richard had several odd jobs that sometimes required the help of his two oldest sons along w/his main job that he retired from after 43 years at Weyerhauser Corp. in Westbrook. He and Rita purchased a second home in Winter Haven Fla. in 1995 where they continued to go for the winter months. This was Richard's favorite place to be and would have loved to have lived there year round. He enjoyed the community they lived in along with good friends and beautiful weather. On their 35th wedding anniversary the couple celebrated w/a trip to Hawaii.
Richard is predeceased by his wife of 48 years Rita; and son Stanley M. Casey. He is survived and will be sadly missed by his son's Richard F. Casey Jr & wife Di of Windham, Jeffrey S. Casey and daughter Julie Dvilinsky both of Gorham; his grandchildren Brandy Casey of Portland. Carissa, Kasey, Erika & Meredith Dvilinsky all of Gorham. He is predeceased by brothers Stanley Casey Jr and Donald West and sister Maxine West Kirin. He is survived by a sister Melvina Casey Berry of Hermon, brothers Thomas Corkery & wife Ellen of Gorham and David Corkery & wife Martha of Brunswick, sisters-in-law Fern West & Antonia Casey both of Wesbrook; and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to call at Blais & Hay Funeral Home, 35 Church St. Westbrook from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday Jan. 31, 2013. Service to be held immediately following at 7 p.m.
Richard F. Casey Sr.
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on January 29, 2013