William F. "Bill" Cassidy(1928 -
F. Cassidy, 83, of Wilmington,
DE peacefully passed away
surrounded by loving family on Thursday, January 5, 2012.
Bill was born on October 2, 1928 and raised in the "Forty Acres"
neighborhood of Wilmington, the son of the
late Thomas A. Cassidy, Sr. and Anna T. (Griffin)
Cassidy, Irish immigrants from County
Mayo. A graduate of St.
Ann's Parish Grade School and Wilmington High School, he proudly served our
country during the Korean War as a Military Police
Officer of the United States Army. Bill was hired by his good friend,
Bill Brooks, and was one of the first employees of the former Brooks Armored
Car Company (presently Garda). He later became the president of Brooks
Courier Service, Inc., and retired after a combined total of 38 years of
was a member of St. Mary Magdalen Parish and the Delaware Veterans Post #1. He was also a
life member of the Knights of Columbus Bishop Curtis Council #2867, the
Wilmington Elks Lodge #307, the VFW Post #7447, and a founding member of the
Stapler Athletic Association.
An avid sports enthusiast, Bill enjoyed NFL and college football, college
basketball and rooting for the Eagles and Phillies. He was also the number 1
fan at his grandchildren's many sporting events throughout the years.
will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 53 years, Dolores A. (Miske)
Cassidy; his daughters and sons-in-law Michelle A. Budd, Dean A. Budd, Diane
M. Beatty and her husband, Matt; and his grandchildren, Melissa, Mark, Danny
and Jacob Budd, and Brenden, Meghan and Justin Beatty, along with his
granddog, Molly. He is also survived by his sisters, Anna Mae Donahue and
Sally Paraskewich; his sister-in-law, Suzanne Rector and her husband, Dennis;
and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sisters, Agnes Cassidy and Sr. Catharine (Euthalia)
Cassidy, OSF; and his brothers, Martin Cassidy and Thomas Cassidy Jr.
may visit at the Doherty Funeral Home, 1900 Delaware Avenue, Wilmington
on Tuesday, January 10 from 4-7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be
celebrated at St. Mary Magdalen Church, Concord Pike and Sharpley Road, Wilmington
on Wednesday, January 11 at 10 am. Entombment will follow in the St. Ann
Garden Crypt in Cathedral
lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Bill may be made to Heartland
Hospice, 256 Chapman Rd., #102,
Newark, DE 19702.
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Published in The News Journal from January 8 to January 9, 2012