A word from Canton Athletic Director Bill Porter sent to coaches this morning: Patrick William Casey has passed away at the age of 77.
“For those who knew Pat, he was a class act, gentleman and a person who always put the needs of others ahead of his own,” Porter said to coaches in the email. “Our Canton Central School and North Country Community will miss him.”
An excerpt from Casey’s obituary:
Born and raised in Potsdam, he graduated from Potsdam Central School in 1959. He was honored by Potsdam Central School in 2014 when he was inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame as an Outstanding Athlete for his excellence and leadership as captain in baseball and basketball. He graduated with a degree in Education from Potsdam State where he played baseball and soccer through which he established life-long friendships. After teaching for one year in Parishville, he taught Social Studies in Canton Central Schools for 34 years before retiring. He established himself as a strong supporter of North Country athletics. His continued participation included coaching the Canton 7th and 8th grade boys basketball teams for 20 years, assistant coaching in Canton track and football, co-founding and coaching high school club soccer at Canton High School, umpiring Section X baseball and softball for 42 years, refereeing high school soccer, operating the clock and scoreboard at Canton basketball games and taking tickets at Section X playoffs for more than 45 years.
Pat was an avid sports fan and continued to follow his beloved New York Yankees into his final days. He enjoyed traveling in his retirement. His wife, children, grandchildren and brothers were at the center of his life. He will be missed by his family, colleagues and friends in Canton and beyond.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Lawrence Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 21 Park Street, Canton. Additional off-street parking is available behind “LUNA” at 18 Park Street.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 6, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rev. Bryan Stitt as celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation, National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 East 33rd St. New York, NY 10016 or the Canton Golden Bears Booster Club, 99 State Street, Canton, NY 13617.
To read Casey’s full obituary, click here.