A lifetime resident of the area, Ron Casselman passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. He was 73.
Ron was born on September 20,1939, to his parents Jake and Alice Casselman (nee Black). He grew up with his five siblings on a farm near Williamsburg.
Ron attended public school at Ingleside and high school at Aultsville, where he met Janice Collins, his wife of 50 years.
Known as a hard worker, Ron first worked on the railroad and then found his niche in concrete sales, most recently with Atlas Block. His sales territory took him from the Quebec border to Belleville, Ontario. Ron took pride in his work and the product.
In the community, Ron held membership in the Lions Club and later worked on the Canada Day Committee.
A fan of many sports, hockey was Ron’s other vocation. Ron coached boys and girls in their early minor hockey years. In 1980, he purchased the Morrisburg Jr. B Lions and for the past 32 years, he exemplified what small town hockey teams are all about. He reveled in the wins and wore each loss on his sturdy face.
Under Ron, the Lions won four St. Lawrence Division titles and two Rideau division titles. Ron and Janice billeted and mentored young people during their careers with the Lions and as a testament to his work with young people and the sport of hockey, Ron was recognized with an achievement award by Hockey Canada.
Beyond his work and hockey, family was Ron’s delight and joy. He was better known to them as Poppy. He and Janice cared for their children and grandchildren, always ready to take one of them here or there, or get something from here or there. As one grandchild remarked, “he would do anything for you.”
Ron is remembered by his family as a modest person who encouraged one to form and hold their own opinions, a person of integrity and honesty, respected in family, work and sports communities.
While a person of few words, Ron held a certain presence of integrity where ever he went. Ron was a mentor to many and a person who instilled teamwork with the hockey team, and a family person who knew that togetherness made the family. Family and home were synonymous for Ron.
Ron is survived by his wife Janice, by his children Kevin (Lois) of Morrisburg, Kim (Jack) of Morrisburg and Krista (Laura) of Green Valley and by his grandchildren Cody (Steph), Kasey, Kari, Katie (Jason), step-grandchildren Trevor, Chris, Jordan, Ben, Catherine, Cory, Isabelle and his soon to be born great-grandson Jake.
He was the dear brother of Marion Scrivens of Perth, Shirley Fader of Iroquois, Carolyn (Jack) Zeron of Morrisburg, Bobby of Ingleside and Brian (Sue) of Peterborough.
He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service was held at Lakeshore Drive United Church, Morrisburg, on Friday, November 16th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Arlyce Schiebout officiating. Cremation followed.
Honorary pallbearers were Kasey and Kari Bennett, Katie Casselman, Jordan Lagendyk, Ben and Catherine Harding and Cory Hagen. Pallbearers were Kevin and Cody Casselman, Jack Bjergso, Hartley Hodgson, Tom Hodgson and Dale Lewis.
Donations to the Ron Casselman Memorial Bursary Fund would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.