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Callaghan-Friel Families…Lifelong Friends of Casey Clan

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Hello. My family and I are saddened to hear of the loss of Jim, son of Jim & Mary Casey. Please accept our sincere condolences.  I grew up knowing them all as friends of my grandparents Francis (Reds/Frank) & Emma Callaghan.  I think Pop-Pop & Mr. Casey knew each other in the Navy, both were from Ireland. They built the newer “efficiency units” together. Some of the best summers & times of my life were spent at Casey’s Magic Rest on Juniper St. in Wildwood. We got to see Mary & Jim out here in AZ in the early 90′s. Before that my grandparents attended Johnny’s flight school graduation out here in AZ. 1995 was the last time we saw Jim, Mary & son Jim. I wanted them to meet Kelly our newest addition. I think it was also the ocassion of Jim & Mary’s 50th wedding anniversary, she was on her way to get her hair done but got to see our new Kelly Shea & Tommy again. I think I have a picture of Mr. Casey, Jim, myself & kids under the sign. If I find it I’ll post it. Please give our best regards to Mr. Casey as well as our deepest sympathy on the loss of his fine, brave son Jim.  A nicer guy you’ll never meet from a great Irish family.

Love & Best Regards to all of the Casey Clan,

Lisa Friel Jasper ((Callaghan’s oldest grandaughter)

Peoria, AZ.

Jimmy’s baby sitter in the 50′s

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

I am Mary Casey from Arden Street and my Uncle Tom Casey, my father’s brother was married to Jimmy Casey’s sister Ellie. I babysat for Barbara, Eileen and Jimmy.  Practically every weekend I watched them.

This was for years, I started when I wad 11 years old and on occasion I would take my younger brother, Donald with me.  New Year’s Eve etc.

I really didn’t know the younger two children.

May Jimmy rest in peace.


Happy Birthday Dad

Saturday, June 4th, 2011
May 28th 2006… we were actually early that year in wishing dad a happy birthday (for a change), and he didn’t know it was coming .
Surprise Birthday cake for Pop Pop

 Below are the pictures in order as you can the boys waiting to sing happy birthday and tear up that cake! Going to miss how you got the kids all worked up (and hyped up on sugar).  Was really looking forward to this year’s celebration, as I know (more…)

Wailing Wall

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Just an FYI… Last week while in Israel for work my team and I were invited by FedEx Isreal to an exclusive tour of the “Old City” followed by a business dinner at the Mamilla Hotel. Although we were not able to make it over to Jerusalem in time for the tour, we did make it there a bit early for the dinner. We had just enough time for my Israeli colleague to drop my boss and I off in front of the Western Wall entrance to the old city (“Batei Mahase”). I ran up and placed the memorial prayer card from Dad’s service in the wailing wall, and said a little prayer for him and the family. They say that wall has a direct line to the big guy upstairs!



Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Just found this poem Lenny wrote about my brother Jimmy


So, you’re looking for something brand new, we’ll think you found the spot

We’ve got everything you need, on the “good-friend parking lot”

Everything from ‘dependable’ — to ‘eye-candy’ can be fun

But let’s start with the best, oh, yes,  Jim Dandy is the one! (more…)

Rest in Peace My Dear Friend

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Jim was a dear friend, neighbor and colleague of mine over the past several years at Fort Rucker, Alabama.  My family and I are deeply saddened to hear about his sudden death.  He will be greatly missed.  We shared the same birthday, both day and year and will continue to so.  May he rest in peace.  Our prayers and condolences are with his friends and family.


Clark Housewright and Family


Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Just wanted to say that Jim was a very dear friend, and he will truly be missed.  Im so sorry for your loss.  I knew Jim for many years, and I can say he was one of a kind.  We were neighbors for several years when he lived in Hoover.   He always included my son David when he and Dillon did fun things on weekends when Dillon was with he.  They came to several of Davids baseballs games and rooted him on!!  He was alway a joy to be around..  I remember Jim as one who put others first before himself.  RIP  Jim, you are missed!

how to survive a depression

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

this post was written, about jim, back on october 14, 2008:
it is entitled HTSAD-3 (“how to survive a depression”).  for the original, click here:

HTSAD (how to survive a depression), step 3: cultivate positive interpersonal relationships

surviving and thriving in a depression/recession (even an economic one) is, for the most part, not about having money.

the key is to be able to access that which is important to you at the time. may be water, it may be food, it may be transportation, it may even be protection.

the bottom line? we’ll need other people. (more…)

irish Angel

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

jim is my irish Angel” – abby williams

a missing-man formation is the order of the day
a gentle irish Angel who is showing us the way
a missing-man formation is the first toast of the night
a resting irish Angel who makes everything all-right

selfless soldier
by f. t. bliss

(sung to the tune of “breathe” (2 a.m.) by ann nalick — it even uses her ft. bliss reference)
selfless soldier, he crosses a very fine line
is it war? is it Peace? is it Love? is it time?

Donald Duck and the Beach

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

I remember when I was young and would cry, Uncle Jimmy would always try to cheer me up by using his Donald Duck voice. It usually would work. He always entertained me and my brothers with this unique vocal talent… When I was trying to tell my kids the bad news, they said, “Uncle Jimmy? The one who talks like Donald Duck?” He used the same voice to entertain my kids too! He always seemed to love to be around young children and was always so good with them. This leads me to remember the times we would go to the beach, Wildwood of course. He would always help the kids dig a deep hole. I vaguely remember him saying we were going to dig to China. I vaguely remember burying different people in those holes, but I definitely remember him digging right there with us. Thank you, Uncle Jimmy, I hope I can be as good with the children in my life as you were with me.

Remembering Jim

Friday, May 13th, 2011

I first met Jim in July of 1982.  At my first duty station after Army flight school, I was sent to Camp Humphreys, Korea.  There, “Captain” Jim Casey was the Executive Officer of the 201st Assault Helicopter Company.  I became one of the Platoon Leaders and worked with Jim for several months, until his reassignment.   One thing I remember was his efficiency at keeping the company, the Company Commander, and all us junior officers, straight.  He was one of the most organized people I had ever met.  He worked long hours and kept notes on everything.  We were flying UH-1 “Huey’s” in those days and did many missions at night using the old AN-PVS5 Night Vision Goggles(NVG).  Looking back, (more…)

fond memories of Jim Casey

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Casey/O’Connor/Hennelly Clans

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

I too don’t have a just one favorite memory of Jimmy. My childhood memories include him and his sibilings. My Mom did a good job keeping the families close and letting us know how important is was to know one another. I think that was accomplished with our many visits from Rockaway Beach, NY to Washington Heights & Jackson Heights for many Holiday visits. What I do remember of Jimmy was he was great father, a great son, a great brother and last but not least an Wonderful Grandpa to his grandchildren. How many did you see him without a smile on his face regardless of what was going on around him. He will be miss by more people than you can imagine. Love BettyAnn Lueder (next in the birth pecking order of the Casey/O’Connor/Hennelly Clans

Remembering Jim

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

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