Thomas R Casey, 77, passed away peacefully in his home June 11, 2014, surrounded by his children. Born in Chicago, IL, September 7, 1936, he resided with his family in Norfolk, VA before eventually moving and sustaining residence in Virginia Beach until his death.
Tom started his life at sea working on local pilot boats at the age of 14. At 17 years old, he joined the Merchant Marines which afforded him the opportunity to travel the world on and off until the age of 50. In 1960, at age 23, he was drafted into the US Army. He completed jungle warfare training while stationed at Fort Davis in Panama, where he and his first wife, Ethel Casey, lived. It was around this time that he had his first daughter, Sharyn Joi. While in the Army, he acted as body guard for comedians Bob Hope and Jerry Colonna during their USO tour. From 1977 until his retirement in 2007, he worked as a certified rigger for Norshipco (BAE systems.) He was remarried in 1983 to the late Bernice Lucas and had 3 additional children, Rachel, Rebecca and Michael.
He had a selfless heart and vibrant spirit that many people were fortunate enough to experience. He enjoyed many years of hunting, fishing, telling good (and sometimes bad) jokes, as well as sharing stories of life and travel experiences with his friends and family. However, his greatest joy in life was his four children whom he loved unconditionally.
Tom was the son of the late Mary Rose and Francis Joseph Casey. He is survived by his four loving children, Michael Casey, Rebecca Casey, Rachel Casey and Sharyn Martini; grandson Zack Gamble; sisters, Mary Drew and Patricia Farrell; brothers, William (late) and Robert Casey; half- brother, Rey Nelson; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.
The mass celebrating the extraordinary life of Thomas Robert Casey will be held June 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, 5345 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach 23462. There will be a reception at the church following the mass until 5:00 pm. Any memorial donations can be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation.
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