ALBANY – Richard J. Casaly, 68, of Latham, died Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at Albany Medical Center Hospital. Mr. Casaly was born in Natick, MA, but lived most of his life in Albany. He served in the U.S. Navy for ten years, and was a Chief aboard the USS Enterprise. He was then employed by the New York State Office of General Services until his retirement in 1995.
Mr. Casaly is survived by his daughters Susan J. Fraser (Todd) of Charles Town, WV, and Christine C. Gray (Henry) of Glen Allen, VA; his former wife Linda Hoyt Casaly of Ballston Spa; his brothers Gary Casaly (Barbara) of Canton, MA, and John Casaly (Louise) of New York City; and by his grandchildren Ashton Fraser, Anna Gray and Evan Gray.
Committal services will be held at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd., Schuylerville on Tuesday at 11:00am. Relatives and friends are invited. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Albany Medical College Scholarship Foundation, 43 New Scotland Ave., MC-119, Albany, NY 12208. Service arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
Lorraine and Paul Komar
Dear Linda, Christine, Susan and children.
We were sorry to hear of the passing of Dick. We hope that all of you have pleasant memories of your father and grandfather during this time of loss. Sincerely, Lorraine and Paul Komar and f amily
Ballston Spa, NY
Dear Susan, Christine and Linda and Dick’s brothers,
Not sure if you remember me, it has been over 10 years since I knew your Dad but we share many good times have kept in touch occasionally though e-mail. I saw him about a year ago in Price Chopper and we had a coffee and caught up on old times. I am so sorry for your loss , He was a good person and loved you girls so much. I never had the pleasure of meeting your children you were both single back then. I did meet the rest of the family during the time I knew Dick , I send my condolances to all of you .
We shared many happy memories back then.
I hope to see you at the service on Tuesday .
Barbara (Pittman) Formica
Dear Family of my old friend Dick,
Dear Casaly Family, I was startled to read of Dick’s passing. We are old friends from NYS and Albany……I am sure that by now Dick has made a ton of friends in Heaven and is cracking jokes left and right. Dick was such a kind, generous, thoughtful,nonjudgemental soul. The world is a much better place for having had Dick Casaly in it. God Bless You All. Leslie Davey Troy NY
I had the pleasure of beginning my state career under Dick’s guidence. I consider myself fortunate to have known him. One moment I’ll always remember, was a practical joke he and an Agency Rep. from Parks and Recreations played on me, “the new guy”, a gullible 1st year state worker. A prime, unsuspecting candidate. The harmless prank was delivered flawlesly and I have to admit, I found it humourous as well. Dick was very intelligent, witty and was a fun person to be around both in the work place and in social settings. He will be missed.
I am writing you to express my deepest sympathy for you and your family. I have also lost a loved one in death and I cannot express how sad I felt at that time. But I found great comfort God’s word, the Bible. Isaiah 26:19 tells us that our dead ones will live again. Also I found comfort at Revelation 21:3,4 where it God promises us that no one will say I am sick and there will be no more pain or sickness. Death will be no more. These are promises that God makes to us in the near future. It brough me great comfort knowing that my dead loved ones would be brought back to life and we will all live together in peace and happiness with no more death or sickness. I hope these scriptures brought you great comfort as well.
To Gary, John, Susan and Christine and Families,
I just learned of Dick’s death. I am saddened at the news. Dick and I were the closest of friends during our early school years and through High School. After High School, Dick joined the Navy and our contact dwindled. I did connect a few years back and he communicated his love, joy and pride for his daughters.
Other people have written their remembrances and a common theme emerges. Dick was true, helpful, witty and comical. That is how I remember him as well. It is good to know that many shared his friendship and humor.
Condolances to all.
Sincerely Bob Graham