CASEY, Ronald Jack & Dorothy Irene

It is with great sadness but deep abounding love that our family announces the passing of Ronald Jack Casey and his beloved Dorothy Irene Casey (Pickett) on May 20, 2022. Both were 89 years of age.

Jack is predeceased by his mother Hazel (McInnes), father Ivan, and brothers Alan Casey Sr. and Lee Casey. Dorothy is predeceased by her mother Francis (Dixon), father Byron, sisters Shirley Pickett and Marguerite (Purves), brother Harry Pickett, daughter Betty Anne, and son Ronald Jack Casey Jr. She is survived by brother Edward Pickett. Both Dorothy and Jack are survived by daughter Joanne (Wyllie and 6 beautiful grandchildren.
Mom and dad lived with intense love for each other and their family. They were loyal to all who had the fortune to be in their circle of friends. Enduring friendship meant a lot to both, and they enjoyed many good times with those who they encountered through childhoods, careers, married life, and many personal special interests. As mom’s bridge friends said it best – they had fun.

Dorothy will be remembered for her many nursing accomplishments as a graduate of St John School of Nursing (New Brunswick), her determined and independent thinking, her keen sense of humor, and her unsurpassed entertaining skills. She made every holiday a special occasion for her family through laughter, food, card games and jigsaw puzzles. She considered herself a card shark and took great pride in whipping her grandkids at solitaire consistently. Christmas was especially magical for her, and her maritime brown bread was always a staple on Christmas morning, along with dad’s favorite cranberry poppyseed loaf. None of her grandkids would leave their nana’s home without cookies…and ringette teams will remember a special sponsor in Nana’s Cookies Unlimited. Together, they were a stylish couple who always took pride in being at their best and they brought out the best in others, in every way.

Jack was a gentle man of great stature. He excelled in sports in his younger days and was Valedictorian of his high school class. He attended Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, receiving his pilot’s wings in the R.C.A.F in 1952. Following 2 years there, he took his medical training at the University of Alberta and met his lovely bride-to-be as an intern on the obstetrics ward of Calgary General Hospital. Together they blazed a trail to Chicago Illinois and Loon Lake Saskatchewan before settling in Didsbury, Alberta where dad set up practice as a family physician. Sixteen years later they moved to Edmonton when dad became a medical advisor for the WCB before retiring. His medical colleagues will remember Jack for his many accomplishments as an intern, family physician and medical chief of staff. Many babies were born under his watch. He was a valuable community member wherever he lived, serving as coroner, lecturer, medical advisor, and volunteer where needed. For both, community involvement was paramount.

Mom and Dad enriched the lives of their family and their friends. They will be missed profoundly by all.

The family will be having a virtual Celebration of Life at 11am MST on July 16, 2022.
Ashes will be interred at Mount Pleasant Cemetery privately, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to one of mom and dad’s chosen charities would be welcome – Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, Diabetes Canada or Ronald McDonald House.

Serenity Funeral Service – South
780 450 0101

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Miles & Doreen Kuryvial

Joanne, Mark & All Special Grandchildren:
It has been an honor to be neighbors of Dorothy & Jack these past years and we enjoyed many visits with them over dinners at Devonshire! They were very special and so fondly remembered and will be truly missed!!

Sheila (Casey) Dexter

Hi Joanne:
Your father, Jack, is my cousin. When I lived on the farm at Crossfield, Jack and his university buddies would stop by and as a young teenager, I was thrilled to have these “older” boys come for a visit. My Mother, Dorie , would always make sure they were well fed before they returned to Edmonton.
Years later we had many “fun” visits with both Dorothy and Jack when they lived in Didsbury.
Would it be possible for you to give me the information needed to watch the visual Celebration of Life, please?
Our condolences to you and your children and Ron’s children – we send you our love Joanne, that was a very fine tribute to your Mom and Dad.
Love Sheila and Terry Dexter

Judy Edwards (McCoy)

Joanne,
Our sincere condolences on behalf of myself and mom Elaine McCoy. We both have very fond memories of your parents time in Didsbury. I was blessed to have you as a childhood friend and have many fond memories of the times spent with you and your family. Sending a big hug from an old friend.

Carrie Lind

Dear Joanne,
What a wonderful tribute to both your parents. I am proud to say that I worked with your Father and remember him as a very intelligent, respected, caring physician. I remember him bringing you to the hospital after you had fallen down the stairs. Two years later I had a little girl. I named her Joanne.

Roy Dahl

Dr. Casey was not my first doctor, but the first and only doctor I remember as I was growing up in Didsbury. I will always remember him as a kind and patient physician, despite the fact that he was probably greatly overworked in that town.

Phil Miller

Dear Joanne,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences to you and your family, as well as to Ron’s kids. As you know, Jack and Dorothy were close friends with my Mom & Dad, and after they passed I was fortunate to be able to stay in touch with your parents and was honoured to consider them my friends as well. They represent a generation that is all too quickly disappearing, one that valued service and dedication to the community above all else. They will be deeply missed.

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