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HAROLD BRUCE CASSELMAN
Born: Sep 23, 1922
Date of Passing: May 23, 2020Offer Condolences or Memory
HAROLD BRUCE CASSELMAN
We wish to thank Victoria Hospital staff for their compassion and support to the family.
He is lovingly remembered by: daughters, Lynn (Jim), Jewel and Margaret Anne (Len); grandchildren, Melanie (Brian), Amber (Joel), Adara (Charles), Emily (Devin), Stephen (Chantel) and Nicholas; great-grandchildren, Anais (Owen) and Luke; sister-in-law Darlene (Les), and many nieces and nephews who adored their Uncle Harold.
Harold was the youngest of 11, born to Stephen and Tillie, September 23, 1922, in Hartney, MB. He was predeceased by six sisters and three brothers, and is survived by his 109-year-old sister Mime, who will miss their phone conversations.
Harold grew up and enjoyed life on the family farm in Lauder, MB and always attributed good healthy living to the longevity experienced by siblings, some of whom lived into their 90s and 100s. He enlisted in the R.C.A.F. in 1942 and was trained as a signalman, travelling across Canada, but never overseas. He was very proud to be a veteran. He worked in the medical field, including administrative positions in hospitals and personal care homes. He retired from the Manitoba Government at age 67. After retirement he kept busy working at Tredwells. Always a farmer he drove a combine during the harvest for the James Farms, finally retiring at age 91.
Music was a big part of the Casselman family. He sang in many church and community choirs. Harold and Dorothy were very involved in the Oakbank Dinner Theatre prior to her passing and he remained involved over the years, but his true passion was barbershop singing. Known as "Cass", he was a dedicated member of the Harmony Society for 70 years, singing baritone with the Winnipeg Chapter, many quartets and was always involved in the annual shows.
Harold has been cremated and a private family burial will take place at a later date. A celebration of his life, which he so richly deserves, is tentatively planned for the one year anniversary of his passing, Sunday, May 23, 2021. Stay tuned - there's always a pitch pipe somewhere!
Donations in his memory can be made to singcanadaharmony.ca or a charity of your choice.
Family and friends may sign a Book of
Condolence at www.glenedenmemorial.ca
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 30, 2020
Condolences & Memories (12 entries)
The day Oakview lost Harold, we lost one of the nicest, caring, fun neighbors anyone could ask for. I moved here in 2005 & Harold would always see me watering flowers out front. He came over one day and introduced himself, a great friendship began that day. He would call my neighbors Margaret, Wanda and myself "his girls", We shared a few Bbq's on my deck and spent some Friday nights at Harolds sipping wine and eating appetizers. One of my favorite memories would have to be the day I had Harold over for a bbq with his girls. It was a surprise birthday party for Harold. As his girls waited on the deck for him around the corner comes Harold. In one hand a fancy china plate with salmon and a cream cheese appetizer and in the other a big bottle of red wine. He smiles and says I gotta take care of my girls, we laughed. The evening was lots of fun as always. I bought Harold a birthday cake, put candles on and away we sang to him. He had a smile from ear to ear and made us take many pictures of him and his girls. When Harold moved away a few years ago he would always phone me to ask how I and all the neighbors we're doing. This man, my dear friend was a kind, sweet, caring person and will sadly be missed by many. To his family my sincere condolences to you all and my heart goes out to you at this time. - Posted by: Angela Meier (Neighbor) on: Jun 10, 2020
Sorry to hear of Harold's passing. He visited with my Mother the late Catherine Maclaren (nee Farmer) on a number of occasions in Selkirk. The Farmers were neighbours of the Casselman family near Lauder. I talked to Harold not long ago about Lauder and his family. He had a great memory and I will miss our chats. - Posted by: David Maclaren (Family Friend) on: Jun 05, 2020
Our sincere condolences to Jewel and Margaret-Anne and family, on the loss of this very good man. We are thinking of you. - Posted by: Karen & Richard Howell (Friends) on: Jun 02, 2020
Harold was the loveliest next door neighbor we could have ever asked for. He welcomed us to Oakview Avenue with a smile and always had a great story to tell us over the fence. When we first moved in, my husband had mentioned to him that we like to have friends over, and if we ever get too loud to please just let us know. Harold responded by letting us know that HE sometimes has his choir friends over to practice....and if THEY ever get too loud, we can just let him know....haha! We knew right then that we had lucked out in the neighbor department! He was so kind to us over the years and we were thrilled to be invited to celebrate one of his last birthday's with him at the Legion. I had never been to a Legion dinner before and he was very entertained by "showing the me ropes"! He was beloved, I always knew this, but that Legion dinner really showed me the extent of exactly how loved he was! The endless stream of people coming by to say hello and wish him a Happy Birthday was amazing! He would come and sit with us on the patio and have a cold beer, from time to time...but ONLY one, especially if it were on a Sunday (that was the rule....just ONE beer on Sunday). We were honored when he joined us for the backyard party we hosted the day after our wedding, and even more honored when he broke the Sunday beer rule! He said to me, with the most mischievous glimmer in his eye, "It's a special occasion Barbee, so let's have another, I won't tell if you won't!". Just for you Harold, we will sit on the patio tonight (at the table and chairs YOU gave us) and we will have a cold beer and will think of you and how much you will be missed....and we will definitely have TWO! - Posted by: Barbee and Mike Loewen (Next door neighbors on Oakview Avenue) on: Jun 01, 2020
We are so sad to learn of Cass's passing. Our quartet had the great pleasure of singing with Cass at shows and conventions. He was an inspiration to so many of us to continue to enjoy the blessing of music, regardless of age. And he had a beautiful voice! With heartfelt sympathies to his family, Vocality Quartet. P.S. Here is a short clip of us singing with Cass late one night a couple of years ago. https://www.facebook.com/VocalityQuartet/videos/1818058131578531/ - Posted by: Jay Althof (Friend) on: Jun 01, 2020
I was sorry to hear about Cass's passing. I sang in a couple guest quartets (Wireless and The Bottom Line) that performed on The Golden Chordsmen Chapter Show. Cass was a friendly, welcome face and one heck of a Baritone. I enjoyed my chats with him greatly and always looked forward to seeing him at barbershop events. Though I'm sad of his passing, I celebrate a wonderful man! My condolences to his family and friends. - Posted by: Justin McCullough (Friend) on: May 31, 2020
Sorry for your loss. Happy memories will help to overcome your sorry at this sad time. Met Harold in the 1950's in the MFAC and continued that friendship in Barbershopping in later years. - Posted by: Doug Southam (friend ) on: May 31, 2020
So very sorry to hear your Dad passed away, he was such giving gentle mom. He was my Mom and Dad's boss at East View Lodge. He always contacted my mom when he was in Neepawa. Thinking of you all. - Posted by: Brenda Madill (Birch ) (He was my parents boss) on: May 30, 2020
So sorry to hear of "Cass' " passing. One of the most dearest men I've known, a real Gentleman. The chorus in the sky has just received another glorious voice. Tracy Lapointe, on behalf of Eric & Pat Roberts who will be greeting Cass upon his arrival ❣️ - Posted by: Tracy Lapointe (Family friend) on: May 30, 2020
My involvement with Cass has been well documented in various forms. He was a true friend and we were involved in many social ventures in the past 44 years. We sang with The Golden Chordsmen chorus and Suburban Knights Quartet for over 25 years and travelled with Harold and Dorothy to many competitions and other Barbershop events. His companionship and baritone voice will be missed. Our condolences to all the Casselman family..Vern and Aggie Fast, Surrey BC - Posted by: Vern Fast (Friends) on: May 30, 2020
Fond memories of the always smiling Cass singing with the Golden Chordsmen. - Posted by: Larry Buhler (fellow barbershopper) on: May 30, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. We met Cass with the Golden Chordsmen: he will be missed by all who knew him. Cass was such a gentle man with a kind smile. He was usually the “greeter” at the barbershop picnics and made everyone feel welcome. Cass, and his wonderful baritone voice, will be sadly missed. Our condolences Perry and Dixie-Lee - Posted by: Perry and Dixie-Lee Chochinov (Friends ) on: May 30, 2020
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