Sgt Leonard "Curley" Casey (Ret'd)

    • Sergeant Leonard "Curley" Casey
    • RCE Badge circa 1937-52

    We regret to advise of the death of Sergeant Leonard "Curley" Gilbert Casey (Ret'd) on 27 May 2006 after a short illness following surgery at the age of 86 years.

    "Bert", as he was known to his Ottawa family, was born in Ottawa, ON in 1920, the youngest of twelve children. Curley was a sergeant with the Canadian Army Medical Corps who was first associated with 5th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers, in 1942 when he accompanied them on the train en route to their training at Terrace, BC. Afterwards, he returned to Ottawa, got a discharge, and returned to Terrace to join 5th Field Company. He did not go overseas with the Company for medical reasons.

    After the war, Curley worked for many years for the City of Terrace as Works Foreman. He was an active member of the Volunteer Fire Department, becoming chief and Terrace's first paid fire chief. He later led the fire prevention program with Twin River Timber (Canadian Cellulose). Curley was active in the community with amateur sport, the Kinsmen Club (of which he was a charter member), the Happy Gang Centre and the Royal Canadian Branch 13, where he was President in 1945.

    A memorial service was held on 5 June 2006. Interment was at the Terrace Municipal Cemetery.