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Thomas J. Casale, 93, a longtime resident of North Port, Fla., and former resident of North Andover, Mass., died peacefully on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at his residence in North Port. Born in North Andover, Mass., he was the son of the late John & Eva (Robertson) Casale, and the beloved husband of the late E. Arlene (Donnelly) Casale.
Tom grew up in North Andover and like many of “The Greatest Generation” joined the Army as soon as he turned 18, and headed off to WWII. Serving primarily in the European Theatre, he was in the 150th combat engineers division of the 8th army and returned home to North Andover after being severely injured while in combat. After a long rehabilitation period he began his career with the North Andover Fire Department achieving the rank of Lieutenant.
Tom was an avid golfer and a member at the Andover Country Club in Andover, Mass., and Sabal Trace Country Club in North Port, Fla. In addition to golfing, he enjoyed spending time with his wife of 65 years, family, and with friends at the AMVETS post in North Port.
He is survived by his children, Thomas Casale and his wife, Linda of North Andover, Mass., Valerie Orlando and her husband, Mark O’Neal of North Port, Fla., Jo-Anne Corvese and her husband, Mark of Plymouth, Mass.; son, Michael Casale; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, Ronald and William, and many nieces and nephews. Besides his beloved Arlene, Tom was predeceased by his son, John, and his siblings, John, George, and Eva (Garon) Casale.
Family and friends will gather in North Port, Fla., for a private ceremony to honor and remember Tom’s life. To share a memory of Tom or send a condolence to the family, visit www.farleyfuneralhome.com. Remembrances may be made in Tom’s name to the Disabled American Veterans Organization, 1232 Market Circle #2B, Port Charlotte, FL 33953 (www.secure.dav.org/donate). Arrangements by Farley Funeral Home, North Port, Fla.
Published on  November 30, 2017
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