August 8, 2012, 12:42 pm
Please accept my deepest sympathies on the passing of your mother. I was priviledged to get to know her as her accountant and really enjoyed the conversations we had over the years.
August 9, 2012, 11:00 pm
Jay, I am sorry I am not able to attend the service for Dr. Casselman. I send my sincere sympathy to you and your family. As you know, my association with Dr. Casselman was through my work as a rehabilitation therapist and so has only been since her SCI. When I reflect on this relationship through the lens of disability I am struck by Dr. Casselman's ability to accept her mobility deficits and challenges with grace and dignity. The accommodations provided allowed her to continue to participate in many of the activities she so enjoyed. She was able to complete her personal memoirs, paint, garden, travel to Vancouver and keep in touch with distant relatives and friends via email. I was fortunate to be the rehabilitation therapist who accompanied her on several special events. There are a few that are highlights for me and will always be remembered: the afternoon 'tea' with the bridge ladies; outings to the mall; a picnic in Springbank Park and very recently a house concert with pianist Josh Grunman and just a few short weeks ago, enjoying the simple pleasure of an outdoor barbeque in the garden at Mount Hope. I feel honoured to have had the opportunity to work with Dr. Cassleman and as such got to know her as a woman and a friend. We shared common interests such as the joy of music and the opera, gardening and after watching some of the old movies on TV we would often engage in talks about feminism, for example and how the role of women has changed over the years.
Over these past 8 years that I have known Dr. Casselman, this work association evolved into a friendship that I will always treasure. I will truly miss my Tuesday and Wednesday visits at Mount Hope. I will miss you Dr. Casselman.
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