BAILEYVILLE - Henry J. Casey, 92, died January 10, 2019 at Eastern Maine Medical Center with his family by his side. He was born in Baileyville on November 1, 1926, the son of Jaddus and Anna (Belliveau) Casey.
Henry attended Woodland schools and went on to serve in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1949. He left the Navy to continue his education through the GI Bill and pursue employment opportunities in the Boston area, including working at the Boston Garden. He then proudly served 15 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1967. He worked as an air traffic controller among other jobs after retiring from the military. He and his family returned to Baileyville in 1973 where he was employed for many years at the Georgia Pacific Chip-N-Saw Mill.
Henry was an active member of the American Legion William T. Wren Post No. 23 in Baileyville. He could often be found at the Legion Hall with his comrades discussing Legion business over a cup of coffee or shooting a game of pool. He enjoyed attending the activities and sporting events of his children and especially enjoyed sharing his love and knowledge of baseball by coaching many of his sons’ baseball teams. Henry was active in his community and local politics, with a passion for standing up for issues he found important. He had strong opinions and did not hesitate to share them. Henry lived a full life and enjoyed sharing stories and photos from his world travels and the many notable people he met along the way. He was blessed with good health his entire life and was able to recount events from decades ago with great detail and clarity right to the end. He could spend hours talking politics and sports. He loved animals and was a supporter of the wonderful facilities and programs that cared for them. He was a lifelong L.A. Rams and Cleveland Indians fan despite the ridicule he faced living in Patriots and Red Sox Nation.
Henry is survived by his four sons, Terry and his wife, Anna, of Biddeford, Gordon of Baileyville, Peter and his wife, Susan, of Baring, and David of Baileyville and his companion, Heather Taylor; his daughters, Cindy Soucy and her husband, Michael, of Windham, and Cathy Moreau of Gray; his grandchildren, Adam, Amy, Adam, Bryan, Jenna, Craig and Ashley; and his sisters, Florence Leland and Alice Frost of Baileyville and Edna Sellick of Portland. He was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Ruth (Hood) Casey; his son, Wayne; grandson, Chad; and brothers, Fred and Ernest.
Those wishing to make a memorial donation in his memory may do so to: American Legion William T. Wren Post No. 23, 98 Main Street, P.O. Box 775, Baileyville, ME 04694 or PAWS Brave Hearts, 368 South Street, Calais, ME 04619.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 am, Friday, May 10th at Woodland Cemetery in Baileyville. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.