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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.

if Heaven wasn’t so far away

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

this post is from my sister clare‘s website

what do we do now?

Sunday, May 15th, 2011
jim casey was one in a million.
he loved to fish,
but he loved it even more when someone else would catch the biggest fish
– because jim was all about sharing your moment.
jim casey always sent hand-written “thank you” notes after an event or a visit.
jim casey always had a gift or a treat for the kids.
jim casey always made sure that everyone (more…)

Fondest Memories of Jim

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Though my wife Caye and I only knew Jim for about 10 years we feel like we grew together since childhood. He had a knack of sharing his life with you in such a way you think you knew him all along.  We were neighbors in Destin, Fl  and I “camped” with him in Daleville. Al–I too worked the flight training contract at Ft. Rucker and got to know him professionaly and socialy{see blog by Donna Overstreet) almost on a daily basis.

Through Jim we were able to meet more of his friends and have great times together–mainly at parties at Jim’s house. Our experiences with him reflect on his impeccable manners, social (more…)

The Hallmark Man

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Did my Uncle Jimmy ever let a birthday or anniversary go by without sending a card? No. I always got a card for my birthday and anniversary from him. I have never known anyone who was so good at acknowledging those special days with a card. In March I celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary and as I have come to expect Uncle Jimmy’s card showed up right on time. Every year for 20 years he sent us a card on our anniversary. I don’t even think my husband gave me a card every year and I am sure I didn’t get him one every year either. Thank you, Uncle Jimmy, for reminding us with your cards of the important vows we made that day.

Did you Know?

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

“Jim was assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) as the XO of the task force 160th Knight Stalkers.  The 160th is a special operations unit of the United States Army that provides helicopter aviation support for Special Operations Forces. The 160th SOAR are also known as the Night Stalkers and their motto is Night Stalkers Don’t Quit.  The 160th SOAR consists of the Army’s best-qualified aviators and support soldiers and its missions have included attack, assault, and reconnaissance, and are usually conducted at night, at high speeds, low altitudes, and on short notice.”

What is your favorite JMC memory?

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

I have sooo many that I can’t decide on a favorite now… Let me think on it for awhile, and I’ll get back to you. I Want to hear yours… add your comments below – Matt