Decorated vet was devout in faith, loyal fan
John B. “Jack” Cassidy was a hero to his country and his family.
Mr. Cassidy, 88, of Irwin died on Sunday, July 21, 2013, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg.
He was drafted into the Army during World War II and served in the 69th Infantry Division and was transferred to the 35th Division.
Mr. Cassidy was involved in the Normandy Invasion, as well as campaigns in Northern France, the Rhineland, Ardennes and central Europe. He was wounded during the war, and his sacrifice earned him a Purple Heart.
“It wasn't anything he would regularly talk about,” said his son Keith Cassidy of Pittsburgh.
“Part of life was your duty to America. He did a lot of things he didn't want” to boast about.
His daughter, Linda Gramlich, said her favorite thing about her father was his sense of humor.
Mr. Cassidy was born Aug. 26, 1924, in East Pittsburgh and graduated from East Pittsburgh High School in 1943.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin, and a former member of St. William Church in East Pittsburgh (Holy Cross).
Keith Cassidy said his father was a devout Catholic.
“I can count on one hand the number of times I missed Mass in childhood,” Cassidy said.
Mr. Cassidy was employed as a punch and die maker by E.L. Wiegand (Emerson Electric) before his retirement.
He was an avid fan of all the Pittsburgh sports teams and enjoyed trips to the ocean.
Mr. Cassidy was preceded in death by his wife, Rose E. Cassidy. He is survived by two sons, John “Keith” Cassidy of Pittsburgh and Glenn Cassidy of Greensburg; a daughter, Linda Gramlich of Irwin; a sister, Sister Laverne Cassidy of Greensburg; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Immaculate Conception Church, followed by interment in Irwin Union Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation.
Kate Wilcox is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers wrap lackluster preseason with loss to Panthers
- 10 awesome things you didn’t know your phone could do
- UPMC to mandate flu shots for some employees
- Penguins confident Pouliot will be healthy, ready for camp
- Squabbling over money continues in ‘kids for cash’ civil suit
- $1.5 million Allentown church fire started by roofers, officials say
- Retired state trooper settles lawsuit over racial harassment complaint
- Young adults drive home rental trend in Western Pennsylvania
- Steelers notebook: Safety Mitchell faces former team, hurts leg
- New Ken-Arnold board asked to mediate between football groups
- Preseason valuable for Steelers’ offensive line