Mr. Terrance Ernest (Ned)
1937 – 2011
Terrance Ernest Cassidy (Ned) passed away peacefully at the Pine Ridge Long Term Care in Stettler on May 19, 2011 at the age of 73 years. Ned was born October 3, 1937 at the Fix farm near Erskine, Alberta. He was the fourth child of nine born to Thomas and Genevive Cassidy. Ned was predeceased by his parents Tom and Genevive, nieces Tara and Kristin, nephew Colin, sister Joyce and brother John. He is survived by his brothers Al (Stella), Buzz (Gwen), Spitz (Aleta), Frank (Carline), Bill, Lyle (Gayle), sister-in-law Nancy, brother-in-law Bev, numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Ned grew up as a child in the Erskine and Linda Hall area. He attended Liberal and Stettler schools and attained a grade four education. He taught himself to read at home by reading comic books. His first job was driving truck for his brothers Al and Buzz. He lived with Buzz, Gwen and family on the farm while driving the truck. Ned hauled cattle and grain and was never afraid of a hard days work, spending many hours on the shovel cleaning grain bins and keeping the truck clean. Later he went to work for Skaley Construction on the labour crew, after some time he drove Art’s sump truck. He operated Art’s truck for over 20 years, there was not a farmer in the County of Stettler who did not know him and marvelled at his great attitude and wonderful smile. After battling years of back trouble he finally had to give up his job. Art and Sharon still say he was one of the best men who ever worked for them. Soon bored, Ned went to work for Dean’s Oilfield cleaning and keeping the shop “ship shape”. Many stories have emerged from his job, however, they do not need to be repeated!!! The back pain continued, so after a few years he was forced to retire. Ned found it hard to be idle so he took up golfing and building chairs, picnic tables and bird houses in the backyard shop. His backyard shop was the source of “much” entertainment over the years and he enjoyed everyone’s company. Ned’s love for country music was unwavering, he spent hours and hours listening to records and the radio. He also loved sports of all kinds but truly loved the Edmonton Eskimo’s and Toronto Maple Leafs. He was the equipment manager for the Trojan Senior Hockey Team and later managed the Legion Midgets, he thoroughly enjoyed the company of many young men including several of his nephews. Ned was also the equipment manager for the Wooton Tire Slow Pitch team for several years. After the passing of his Mother, Ned moved into Heart Haven Lodge, and dearly loved his four years there, he somehow had a way with the ladies and they all treated him wonderfully. In the fall of 2010, Ned moved to Pine Ridge Long Term care Unit where he again became the center of attention. Ned’s great attitude and charismatic smile has touched many lives and made his family very proud of him. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at the Christ-King Catholic Church on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. with the Father Arlan Parenteau officiating. The Active Pallbearers were Bryan Cassidy, John Cassidy, Dorn Cassidy, Tim Cassidy, Clayton Cassidy and Alex Gerlitz. The luncheon was graciously served by the Linda Hall Ladies immediately following the service at the Legion Hall. As an expression of sympathy and in loving memory of Ned, memorial contributions may be made to the A.L.S. Society (Lou Gherigs Disease) or to the Stettler Health Service Foundation in care of Brennen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, P.O. Box 193, Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0 who are entrusted with the care and arrangements. 403-742-3315.
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