George J. Casavant

George J. Casavant

BRUNSWICK — George J. Casavant, a teamster who drove all over the Capital Region, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. He was 84.

He was born on May 8, 1932 in Barre, Vermont to George and Jean Begin Casavant.  He grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, raised by Ma Hartland and her family.

  Upon graduation from West Scranton High School in 1951, he moved to Troy.  In January 1952, he joined the United States Navy and received sonar training in Key West, Florida.  During his time in the Navy, he was assigned to Patrol Craft, Escort 843 at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where he did standby for the USS Albacore, a forerunner of the atomic submarine, and was later assigned to the USS Otterstetter 244 in coastal defense.  He was honorably discharged in December of 1955.

  Mr. Casavant drove all over the Capital Region for Pepsi and last worked for LP Transportation of Chester, New York, hauling propane in the Northeast, retiring from there in 1992.

  He was co-founder and life member of the Tamarac Outdoorsmen Club and a 23-year member of the Brunswick Lodge of Elks 2556.  He was also shop steward of the Teamsters Industrial and Local 338.

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  George J. Casavant is survived by his loving wife, Pat; his sister, Jeannine Crall and her husband, Hugh; his daughters, Michele and her husband, Patrick, June and her husband, Bob, Lynne, Annette and her husband, Joe, Patricia, and Renée; and his son, George Jr. and his wife, Marcy; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; his nieces, Kathleen Wagenbacher and her husband, Jeff, and Jennifer McCormack and her husband, Jim.

His niece, Karen Fallon and her husband, Don, died before him..

  The family would like to thank Kim Coons, RN and the staff of Community Hospice of Rensselaer “for the wonderful care given to George.”

  The funeral service will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the Parker Brothers Memorial, 2013 Broadway, Watervliet with Rev. Elizabeth Shea O’Connor officiating.  Interment of ashes will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Watervliet.  Relatives and friends are invited and may call prior to the service on Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mourners may leave condolences online at ParkerBrosMemorial.com.

  Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice Gift Processing Center, 310 South Manning Blvd., Albany, NY  12208.

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